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        07-14-2008, 12:19 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    ^^^ try on thick carpet first, I think yours would buck you off super super fast!! Mine does and it's easier to stay on....

    I like mine because of the ridge on the bottom so that it doesn't turn on the roller and it's a lot harder to fall off as bad, because the roller can't go past the stoppers on each side on the bottom... just thought you might want a look at the bottom of it incase you want to do that too....


         
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        07-14-2008, 10:12 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    MAK, that's a lot better of an idea. The center strip wouldn't work on mine however because the roller we use is STEEL, so there is no denting or putting ridges in it, I THINK, I'll have to talk to my husband about it though. And the ridges at the end is a really good idea, that wouldn't be hard to do at all. Over all, that balance board is a lot like what I thought it was going to be.

    Well if you use mine on just the lawn as it's pictured, it doesn't buck, I think it's a good way to get a handle on it first, after that, moving to a smooth surface will be a challenge!
         
        07-14-2008, 12:44 PM
      #13
    Started
    Mmm, I should try to make one of those. At my old barn, Daniel Stewart puts on a clinic every summer. A big aspect of his clinics is video analysis of riding position. I was both shocked and amazed at how crooked I was sitting, even though I FELT right in the saddle...very eye opening stuff. So I've really been meaning to get a balance board or exercise ball to work on strengthening my left side to correct that.

    http://www.riderightnow.com/
         
        07-14-2008, 01:04 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Sara, they're really super easy to make. We used a larger board than a lot of you girls would need only because I am heavier set, and we used steel piping that we had around here on the farm, I'm sure any hardware store could point you in the right direction for that.

    The only thing that MAK's board has that mine doesn't is the ridges. The ridges on the ends would be a good idea so you don't go flying off if the roller gets to far to the edge, but so far that hasn't been a problem for me. As far as the board twisting on the roller, yea, it happens, but to me, I see that more of a challenge hehe. It's like a skateboard with one huge roller in the middle.

    I would definitely suggest a fit ball (balance ball) and a balance board, they can't hurt, right? I have a riding lesson today, we'll see how well I do after practicing my post and balance all weekend long.
         
        07-14-2008, 03:30 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Haha, I wasn't expecting you to put a dent or w/e in the steel. Just thought you might want to see how they made the bottom. I don't think it would be too hard to make a giant wood roller, but hey, i'm not a carpenter. I'm hoping that my roller will last forever!

    Don't kill yourself though Bobbie when you put it on a smoother surface. I'd feel bad, like it was my fault or something.
         
        07-14-2008, 06:45 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mlkarel2010
    Haha, I wasn't expecting you to put a dent or w/e in the steel. Just thought you might want to see how they made the bottom. I don't think it would be too hard to make a giant wood roller, but hey, i'm not a carpenter. I'm hoping that my roller will last forever!

    Don't kill yourself though Bobbie when you put it on a smoother surface. I'd feel bad, like it was my fault or something.
    Oh honey, it wouldn't be your fault lol.
         
        07-14-2008, 06:48 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Lol, ok, I get paranoid sometimes. :roll:

    You should get some pictures of you on it!
         

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