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    07-30-2011, 08:01 PM
  #11
Weanling
I used to feel that way, but then I found out my hips are really, really, really messed up.... but my saddle I have now has never felt that way, so maybe all the other ones were even and this one is uneven! =)
     
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    07-30-2011, 08:18 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by heartprints62    
I used to feel that way, but then I found out my hips are really, really, really messed up.... but my saddle I have now has never felt that way, so maybe all the other ones were even and this one is uneven! =)
Well, the thing is, other people have rode in the other saddles and have noticed the same thing too.. Before I even point it out lol
     
    07-31-2011, 01:02 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Pistol Babe    
Well, the thing is, other people have rode in the other saddles and have noticed the same thing too.. Before I even point it out lol
Haha! Yea, I was just being silly!

In all seriousness, I believe your right, and I also agree with the people that have stated its caused by incorrect mounting (putting too much weight in that stirup).

I have a friend that has next to no upper body strenght, but great runners legs, yet she insisted on nearly pulling the horse over (and she's not a big girl) trying to pull herself up with her arms and barely just her toes in the stirups. I finally made her put her hands on her head and bounce on one leg with one foot in the stirup so she could learn to bounce herself up, to center her weight, and swing her leg over... Thank God I had a patient horse!
     
    07-31-2011, 01:13 AM
  #14
Weanling
Can you not switch stirrup leathers on a western saddle like we do in english?
Sorry never even ridden in a western saddle here, so sorry if its a stupid question! :)
     
    07-31-2011, 01:18 AM
  #15
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by heartprints62    
Haha! Yea, I was just being silly!

In all seriousness, I believe your right, and I also agree with the people that have stated its caused by incorrect mounting (putting too much weight in that stirup).

I have a friend that has next to no upper body strenght, but great runners legs, yet she insisted on nearly pulling the horse over (and she's not a big girl) trying to pull herself up with her arms and barely just her toes in the stirups. I finally made her put her hands on her head and bounce on one leg with one foot in the stirup so she could learn to bounce herself up, to center her weight, and swing her leg over... Thank God I had a patient horse!
Oh wow, I feel sorry for the horse! Lol But its good that she learned how to do it the right way :)
     
    07-31-2011, 01:20 AM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by drafteventer    
Can you not switch stirrup leathers on a western saddle like we do in english?
Sorry never even ridden in a western saddle here, so sorry if its a stupid question! :)
No, you can't switch them out... :/ They are stitched in.. So I guess I will just have to stretch the other side lol
     
    07-31-2011, 01:30 AM
  #17
Yearling
I had this problem with my english
I started seeing a Chiropractor for my back (lumbar scoliosis) and she told me my hips where also not aligned
She adjusts them for me now with my back and now my stirrups are magically even
     
    07-31-2011, 03:19 AM
  #18
Banned
You can switch them; it just costs a significant amount of money. You can also have them professionally adjusted at a much lower cost or, God forbid, punch a hole.
     
    07-31-2011, 03:48 AM
  #19
Showing
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Originally Posted by Macslady    
When you always mount from the same side the leather lengthens from the full body weight on that stirrup. If you want them even switch off mounting sides.
This! Lol I had to explain this to my friend yesterday when she shortened her stirrups (they were about 1" too long and causing her to be completely unbalanced). She couldn't figure out why she had to bring her left stirrup up more than her right until I mentioned that mounting will stretch out the leather. She was like "Oh! I never thought of that!" I suggested she mount from the right or alternate which side she mounted from to keep them even and she just looked at me like I was crazy. *sigh*
     
    08-01-2011, 06:29 PM
  #20
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms    


No weight in the stirrup? Not happening! No way, no how will "pushing off with the right foot" get my crotch 5 1/2 feet in the air and ready for my right leg to go over the horse's back!

If I could jump like that, I'd be in the NBA making big bucks instead of a fat retired guy with a flighty Arabian mare who seems, from the price of hay, to eat diced dollar bills.

Maybe if I bought a trampoline for a mounting block...then I could mount the horse and play Frisbee at the same time:

Hahaha I meant with a mounting block!!!! And you do put your left foot in the stirrup, you just don't lean into it. Depending on the height of the horse, you only have to propel about two feet to land softly without putting weight in.
That dressage trainer was seriously that hardcore with me, and he made me do it from the ground because he said I was light and "athletic" enough. I was like, uh, you're way off bro. I'm a cross country runner, not a gymnast.

But, my new saddle hasn't stretched, and my horses shoulders are evenly muscled, so obviously there's less uneven wear and tear happening.
     

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