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post #41 of 45 Old 02-10-2013, 10:17 PM
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Guys, you're going a lot better than me! I'm only 25 and I've found that since I hit 23 I've started to think a lot about falling off. It was about the time I was given a lot more responsibility at work an is directly linked to that - I was really concerned I'd fall and break an arm and not be able to meet my deadlines (which of course brings on THE END OF THE WORLD!). Throw in rheumatoid arthritis in both knees and elbows (had for years but it's getting noticeably worse), a bout of severe fatigue that lasted 6 months and bipolar depression (didn't appear until adulthood) and my riding can, on many days, be timid and poor...heck, it'll be completely pants. Some days I get on and deal with bucking/bolting/spooking and it all seems fun but other days my brain and body just don't want to play ball

Whether its me just being too stiff and sore to absorb movement, or too depressed to remember that I can actually ride OK, or just plain worried that I'll fall off and bring about the apocalypse, "age" has already started impacting on my riding. You guys are going great by comparison, keep up the fantastic work! Half of you can probably beat me in a race down to the end of the street...and have far more wisdom besides!

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post #42 of 45 Old 02-10-2013, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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That all being said, get a synthetic saddle for the sport horse. They are very hard to come out of even during the biggest spooks.
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That's a thought. I generally don't like them, and use full seat breeches for the same support. But my winter pants are knee patch only, so don't have quit the grip.
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Holy cow! I completely forgot about my increasingly large butt. I'm a skinny girl and that part has still managed to expand. I came off my horse a few weeks ago after he turned inside out at the canter and landed right on the fat. Not so much as a bruise!! See, a fat butt does have a purpose!
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post #44 of 45 Old 02-11-2013, 06:24 AM
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That all being said, get a synthetic saddle for the sport horse. They are very hard to come out of even during the biggest spooks.

That's a thought. I generally don't like them, and use full seat breeches for the same support. But my winter pants are knee patch only, so don't have quit the grip.
I gotta second that suggestion. I bought an Abetta trail saddle for the spouse and when I ride his horse I use it. The synthetic seat is really grippy and feels pretty secure.

Or, you could do like I did and bow to the inevitable and ride western on the trails. I recently gave in to gravity and sold my English tack-my right knee is shot and I can't bend it enough to get into proper position. Riding western gave me an easier leg position and the deeper seat is a bit more secure.

Or, you could get something like some of the endurance tucker saddles which combine the best of both


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post #45 of 45 Old 02-11-2013, 11:30 AM
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I ride a Tucker Plantation. It's a good compromise.

Tinyliny...nice photo. That is one solid looking big boy!

If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger
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