Okay, so I recently started riding this awesome horse named Rockstar(: I love him to pieces, only there's one issue.
I think my saddle doesn't fit him right.
When I was first riding him, I just thought he had an awkward trot. It was really long strided and I felt like I couldn't get my legs around him quite right. This was causing me to grip with my knees and make my position look really awful. It's gotten to the point where my knees ache after riding. Definitely a sign, ahah.
My trainer was warming him up in my tack at the show just this past weekend and was saying how awkward his trot felt. He was saying "Oh, no wonder you grip with your knees. His trot feels awful in this saddle. I didn't even notice in mine!" Weird thing? We both have the same saddles. Pessoa Gen X, the recently discontinued kind. His is a lot older than mine. But we both have normal trees in our saddles, same triangle knee rolls and everything.
Rockstar is REALLY uphill, he's a Swedish Warmblood and I already use a schooling pad and a gel pad on him. My saddle always slides back and I usually have to undo the girth and adjust it several times. I used to ride a horse with really high withers and I would use a gel pad, fleece pad, and schooling pad to build him up and keep my saddle from sliding back so much. Would this work on Rocky? Or maybe a breast collar? Or is my saddle just not right for him at all? I'm honestly not sure of what to do. And I need help fast! My Equitation Finals are in two weeks and if I can't stop riding so awkwardly I have no hope of doing well.
Thank you for your time(: