I think you have found my problem with my barrel horse! See at home he runs fine... all about work get him to a rodeo he's great till were in the arena! But he freezes and then its not harder and faster... its move at all..
For those that asked what kind of saddle is easier to stay in:
I have found a deep seated ranch saddle built on an 'Association Tree'. These are the deep seated saddles used by saddle bronc riders. I have a saddle like that, with a plain, hard seat, that we have used for years on colts. It is very secure and a LOT harder to fall out of.
But, it is not very comfortable for long rides. I may have a local saddle maker make a saddle for me on an Association Tree, but have it made with a dropped rigging (like the reining saddles that have less bulk under the riders upper leg) and a padded seat that is more narrow like the pleasure saddles made for female riders. The mens' saddles have much wider, flatter seats.
The other thing a rider can do is add 'bucking rolls' to the back of the pommel of the saddle. Many bronc riders and colt starters also use these on every saddle they ride.
I used to love riding Hunt Seat, but I have not put my Passier Saddle on a horse in 6 or 7 years. I just cannot stay in it any more -- even on a really broke horse.
--Cherie How about this one? My core balance is now terrible & I still lean forward on occasion but this saddle helps some although I'd like the assoc tree with swells a little more. Cherie I want it girl I want to be confident like you and make my horse better/more confident. I saw my horse transform in front of my eyes becoming confident and not caring about the scary things around her when my more exp cousin rode her I was never so sad and made a commitment to become better for my young mare. I'm going to do it there is no one that wants to be a better rides for my horse than me...some days when I"m nervous I wonder if Clinton anderson isn't correct about taking a small drink before riding...LOL
Great post! I'm new to the forum and only read this now. It is so true.
I always find it is my fear I have to overcome, and if I get his trust we can go everywhere. They always can feel when you are not confident, that is what makes it harder sometime. I wish I were such a good rider.
My horse has personality and is no where near clinicaly trained he was trained by looking at things and me walking him oveer things blah then I realized exactaly what was said. I tought him to stop and look. Now he's ready to start training for barrels guess what. He stops and looks at shows. I worked on this for a year now and he's a compleatly diffrent horse, and stil has personality no where near a dead head. Please come ride him and maybe you will see that a horse can be tought to do this and still keep personality. That post bit my reer!
Greenbryefarms, it is just what I thought. You see, you worked for a year, and now he is different. You need time, patience, and confidence. Then you gain trust, and you are on the other side. Completely different story. With my old horse (and he was a stallion) I sometimes lost my way home and, after a while, I let the reins on his neck and said "let's go home" and he always did. But we had been together for 18 years and we knew each other perfectly. Where are you, by the way?
It was nothing against your post at all =) just my two cence I like ridding horses that just do what I tell them but I kinda train horses in a diffrent way. All my horses are like that. Put your reins down say hey lets be a horse and they take off running or whatever is there favorite im all for a horse being a horse. You can tell all of them lets get back to the barn and theyll take you home. Its great. Vandalia il. You?
On the subject of saddles....
have an OLD saddle I acquired from my Mom who bought it years before I was born. I grew up riding English so I know NOTHING about it, but since I transitioned to trail riding it has become my main saddle. All my friends can't stand to use it and tell me the seat is rock hard but I personally find it extremely comfortable. It has gotten to the point where I won't go out in anything else because I feel SO secure in it. :)