Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Orleans, Indiana
English Saddles on Trails
Someone told me riding English trail riding is not safe. Is this true? Would it be better to get an endurance saddle instead?
After trying yet another saddle on Chili, I began to wonder if my riding skills had just - diminished - over the years. So, I rode her bareback today and did oh so much better. I didn't lose my seat, kept rhythm with her movement and felt so much more in control. I realized it was due to my leg pressure. In a Western saddle, I have never been able to manage to use leg pressure. I think it's because I learned to ride English. In fact, when I trot in a Western saddle, I immediately want to post - ESPECIALLY - when I'm in a too small saddle (like the one I bought recently) and get jostled around. I cannot seem to keep my seat in a Western saddle. I do not know if it's because the seat is too small, therefor causing me issues, or if it's because I just can't get the hang of it?? I did fine last summer at the stable where I volunteered using their saddles. I'm *assuming* it's the saddle seat, not the fact that I just can't ride! LOL As I said, I kinda confirmed that with riding her bareback today.
But if I'm more comfortable riding English - is there a problem using one on a trail??
"Not evil, dear. Wicked." - Once Upon A Time.