Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
I spent over a year trying to find an English saddle my husband can ride in without whining non-stop. I finally figured out that it wasn't the saddle, it was him (He always rides behind me, so I hadn't seen what he was doing).
-1- He slides himself forward when asking the horse for more "go". This is something he learned dirt-biking, and seems to think it will work for horses too. He was smashing himself against the pommel.
-2- He leans forward instead of sitting upright with his weight on his seat and pelvic bones. He has his weight smack on his testicles. (again, it's a dirt-biking thing)
-3- He bounces around horribly at the trot (smack smack smack).
-4- He refuses to wear breeches, so he rides in jeans, and the seam hits him right on a nerve, I think.
Points 1 through 3 are a seat/balance/skill issue. He is not an experienced horseman. If you're still learning, you may be having similar issues.