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        04-12-2010, 10:53 AM
    Thanks for the advice.

    Wildspot: I'll have to keep that in mind, that sounds about right.

    Speedy: Even though I don't ride english, I have before, and I have no problem with it at all lol. I think it's just because the stirrups on my western saddle were a touch too long.
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        04-12-2010, 11:03 AM
    I have a friend who is exactly the same. She does cowboy mounted shooting bareback. She says she feels less secure in a saddle than she does without one. She's an old gal like me too
        04-12-2010, 11:14 AM
    Haha, yea that's how I am. I feel more secure without the saddle. I'm just glad there are other people like me, and you I take it lol
        04-12-2010, 11:21 AM
    Originally Posted by PechosGoldenChance    
    haha, yea that's how I am. I feel more secure without the saddle. I'm just glad there are other people like me, and you I take it lol
    No way, I gotta have my saddle or I fall off go splat!
        04-12-2010, 11:21 AM
    Green Broke
    Oh that is so me!!!! And I do better in a hunt seat than I do a western saddle too..It's horrible as when I show, I show English and western ha ha.

    I found that shortening my stirrups up one more helps with the bouncing with my hunt seat. With a western saddle I still have major issues with my feet sliding around in the stirrups.

    I'll be watching this thread for more advice

        04-12-2010, 01:11 PM
    I understand how you feel. One thing to consider is that maybe your saddle doesn't fit you. I can ride my brothers saddle and I am more secure and comfortable than any other time, but if I ride my Dad's, I feel on the verge of being completely out of control. You might try to shorten them a hole if you feel like they are too long, that could help.
        04-12-2010, 01:16 PM
    Just another thing to work on I suppose. I had the opposite problem. I didn't ride bareback as much as I should have for a few years and when I went back to it I had a hard time adjusting. But after a bit of practice I got into it and now I'm glued to the bareback posture. Just takes time and energy to get used to.
        04-12-2010, 02:17 PM
    Vidaloco: haha ok, I must have misunderstood ya. You are too funny! Hehe

    Cinnys: I know!!!! I just love bareback. It would just be nice to be able to say, yea I can ride with the saddle perfectly!!! Lol

    Smrobs: Yes, that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'll take them up a hole and see how that goes. The saddle could be too big, it's one of those flex tree, trail saddles, so I'm not sure. I'm not even sure how I know if one fits me right. Thanks for the advice chick!

    Sorrel: I'm going to start with the saddle everyday from now on, and than after a while, I'll go bareback and cool her off. You're right, it's just something I have to work on.
        04-12-2010, 03:17 PM
    My husband had a saddle that he loved but it pushed me too far forward and out of balance. I like saddles with a fairly flat seat. So many are made for men and of course women usually have different hind ends
        04-13-2010, 12:13 AM
    Yea, I've noticed haha. Well, I tried the saddle today, raised it up 2 holes, and it was perfect!!!! I've still got a lot of work to do, but I was doing figure 8's at both the walk than the trot and I, for once, didn't feel as out of balance or insecure as I usually do with the saddle. It also doesn't help that my girl doesn't have a very collected trot, so there will be more circles and serpentines as it is. Just thought I'd let everyone know, how it went. If you have any other advice, or other patterns I could try feel free to tell me. Thanks a lot guys!!!

    Ps. I'd like to try and stay away from barrels since she used to barrel race/pole bend she still gets hyper around them. I let her walk the pattern every now and then just to keep her calm so she doesn't think as soon as she sees is she has to go, but just thought I'd let ya know. :)

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