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post #1 of 9 Old 06-10-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Why is this happening and how do I fix it?

I don't ride Western much, but I am starting to more and more and I have noticed that I'm using my body weight to stay in the saddle during the canter. Is this because I'm leaning back too far? I think I might be a little too comfortable in the Western saddle lol

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-10-2012, 06:01 AM
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I don't ride western but I am so confused as to what you mean...

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I don't ride western but I am so confused as to what you mean...
It's hard to explain. It feels like I'm using my weight differently in the Western saddle. Kinda like I have the want to lean back more into the saddle and not sit up so straight which I think is affecting how I keep myself in the saddle.

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Oh.. are you sure that the saddle is level? I know some saddles place you in a strange position because they don't fit you quite right. The same can happen in English saddles.

But isn't western more of a leany discipline? I know when I watch barrel racers or pleasure horses their riders always are hunched over and leaning, not straight up and down like you see in dressage for example.

Maybe a picture would help?

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Oh.. are you sure that the saddle is level? I know some saddles place you in a strange position because they don't fit you quite right. The same can happen in English saddles.

But isn't western more of a leany discipline? I know when I watch barrel racers or pleasure horses their riders always are hunched over and leaning, not straight up and down like you see in dressage for example.

Maybe a picture would help?
The saddle was fitted for the horse and it fits me well also. I will try to upload the pics tonight. I feel like I'm coming down to hard in everything faster than a canter and I'm not sure if this is normal?

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Maybe the stirrups are too short, will wait on the picture.

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Maybe the stirrups are too short, will wait on the picture.
I felt like they were too long lol it's like everything with the WEstern saddle feels opposite from the English to me. Waiting on the pics my friend has them on her camera.

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I totally know what you mean. The way western saddles are are different then an English saddle. The stirrups are not attached the same way so they are stuck in a forward position. It's really hard to keep your legs in the right spot underneath you. You end up using your legs differently and that effects everything you do.
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nOt all western saddle put you in that position. My saddle allows me to have my legs nearly straight down. in fact, my legs are more straight down than in a hunt seat saddle. And, I sit more directly on my seatbones and carry LESS weight on my thighs when riding western. I like both ways of riding but find that riding western I ride more from pure balance in the seatbone, no gripping.
English, I tend to kind of carry more weigh on the whole pelvis and the thighs, and kind of wrap aroudn the horse with the leg and ride with more grip and strenght, thus can deal with more sudden changes, like dodging puddles or leaping small logs on the trail.
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