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post #1 of 19 Old 02-22-2008, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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What would you do?

I'm just curious what people would do in my situation.... advice is welcome as well

So, here are the circumstances:

You're the second person ever on a green 2-3y/o who has only about 3 true "rides" on him.

You are riding in a saddle that is 2" too big for you.

The stirrups are WAY too long and end under your foot and you can't adjust them.



What do you do? This has been ruining my riding posture for so long, but I deal with it because it's the only way I get an opportunity to ride. Recently I've bought myself a saddle, but I'll still have to do this until the horse is up to the point where I would trust them not to ruin a new saddle.

Also I would like to know if anyone knows of ways to improve balance and postion and all that good stuff besides riding w/o stirrups or bareback (not allowed to do that on the colts.)

Thanks everyone!!
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post #2 of 19 Old 02-22-2008, 07:40 PM
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Try to see if there is someone you can borrow a saddle from that actually fits you. You are honestly better off riding bareback than riding in a saddle that does not fit - it does you no good.

I don't know what experience you have, but it is not ideal, if you are fairly green, for you to be riding a VERY green horse.

Maybe you can keep your eyes open for a different horse that you could ride (in exchange for barn help for someone or something?).

As for balance improvement without going without stirrups or bareback. My best suggestion would be a lot of trot work, but I don't know if that is too much of an option on such a green horse. Again, if you are still working on your balance, riding a green, green horse may not be the best idea.

I hope it works out for you, and you are able to find a good horse to ride.
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post #3 of 19 Old 02-22-2008, 11:11 PM
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When I got my new work saddle my friend grabbed it and hurled it at the ground as soon as I brought it to the barn.

He was like, "now you wont feel bad when it gets scratched up later."

.....He was right. Just use yours.
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-22-2008, 11:31 PM
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I'm assuming it's a Western Saddle, because this would be an easy fix with English stirrup leathers. Anyways, I'd say get a used saddle that actually fits you and the colt. It's doing you and the colt no good to have you riding in a useless saddle. You're probably slightly off balance at some times and also gripping with your legs more since you can't use your stirrups and are sloshing around in a huge seat.
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post #5 of 19 Old 02-22-2008, 11:32 PM
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When I got my new work saddle my friend grabbed it and hurled it at the ground as soon as I brought it to the barn.

He was like, "now you wont feel bad when it gets scratched up later."

.....He was right. Just use yours.
haha agreed. Just use your saddle, it will be impossible for you to be comfortable in a saddle that doesn't fit you and it will hinder your ability to get your horse correct. You should see my cutting saddle! But I am careful to make sure it is safe and fits my horses, and that's all that matters. Now if you spend $30,000 on a Harris with jewels and silver and all that fancy smancy stuff, lol, don't hurl it on the ground. But a $1,000 saddle is going to get beat up, just enjoy it putting you in the proper position and helping you ride safely.
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post #6 of 19 Old 02-22-2008, 11:38 PM
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Now if you spend $30,000 on a Harris with jewels and silver and all that fancy smancy stuff, lol, don't hurl it on the ground.
Heh, yep. That saddle should be the sole occupant of the largest bedroom of your house. Or just build it a new separate house. Your choice.
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post #7 of 19 Old 02-23-2008, 12:32 AM
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Re: What would you do?

Why not get shorter sturrip leathers??
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post #8 of 19 Old 02-23-2008, 04:07 AM
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When I got my new work saddle my friend grabbed it and hurled it at the ground as soon as I brought it to the barn.

He was like, "now you wont feel bad when it gets scratched up later."

.....He was right. Just use yours.
That makes me cringe, as I imagine my new, handmade reining saddle getting hurled in the dirt. I don't even have it out in the tack room right now - it is in the quilted cover in my living room. I'm sure I will feel differently after I start using it this summer, but...it's just so pretty now. :) :)
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post #9 of 19 Old 02-23-2008, 11:51 AM
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1. I don't rly see how riding a horse youve only ridden 3 times would effect this. Sry.

2. Get new leathers

3. Get new saddle or use someone elses
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post #10 of 19 Old 02-23-2008, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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I've been riding for 9 years and riding colts regularly for about 6 months. Normally I don't have a balance problem if I can use one of the other saddles that I can adjust, but when I HAVE to use the "training saddle" I struggle a bit. Sadly, the older horses were all sold so I can't work on balance w/o stirrups or bareback.

I plan on getting the guts to ask the trainer I work for if I can use my own saddle when I get it. I'll just have to face the fact that it's going to be scratched up eventually, but hopefully I can keep it as new as possible for as long as I can. However, that's just not how life goes and everything gets old and scratched up.

Just to clear things up normally I'm getting on a horse that's had only about a week of professional training and is still getting used to the saddle so we use the "training saddle." It's more light weight then the other saddles by like 15-20 pounds. Also I'm the second person besides the trainer to get onto the horse, so I have to get the horse used to having someone else on his back...... I've been informed that a new saddle and a new rider at the same time is too much for a colt. Luckily the colt I'll be training this summer I can just start w/ my own saddle

Thanks for all the advice though
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