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    11-16-2013, 02:35 PM
The problem I have is that I have weak ankles. I'm working at strengthening them, but right now at the rising trot I tend to accidentally bump the horse with my leg. The western gives my ankles enough support that I don't do it, but I'm still working on it in the English. If I bump Obie he will react to the "cue" I'm giving.

I don't mind buying a western now (preferably under $1000) and a dressage saddle in a six months or so. I will probably keep the western for trail rides, etc. I just don't want a super expensive custom western.

I contacted Cultured Cowboy about pricing for a semi custom saddle.
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    11-16-2013, 02:37 PM
Oh and Obie's trot is so big I'm not able to sit the trot without bouncing about like a sack of potatoes.
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    11-23-2013, 12:28 AM
Had a great lesson today! My trainer said my position is getting much more secure and she feels I'd do fine on Obie, regardless of whether he's in an English or western saddle.

Obie also had a great ride today (not me riding). No back humping and cantered for the first time under saddle since spring. He did great to the left, but needs a bit of work on the right lead.

I'm going to a tack swap tomorrow and bringing along three westerns to try to sell. I am going to get a quick whither tracing of Obie in the morning to take along. For now, we've been using a Big Horn that seems to fit him fairly well.

One of the girls at my barn has a nice all purpose saddle for sale. The plus side would be that I could have a trial period to make sure it fits me and Obie, but I really was hoping to buy a dressage saddle... but it's nice to have options.
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    11-23-2013, 12:57 PM
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Great news
I thought you looked pretty good in that video - maybe you are too self critical!!!
Is the dressage saddle idea because you intend to do dressage on him eventually?
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    11-23-2013, 03:44 PM
I'm not riding him in the video. :) And yes, I do plan on doing dressage eventually.

I tried the all purpose saddle on him and it's a bit tight in the shoulders. I may end up getting a custom saddle if I keep him.
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    12-02-2013, 11:05 PM
Well, so much for selling.

I just ordered a dressage saddle, Back on Track pad & hock boots.

I plan on riding him sometime this week.

Wish me luck!
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    12-03-2013, 09:56 AM
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I am going to wish you all the luck in the world - I so hope you can make this work, he's a lovely horse
I'll be interested to hear how you get on with the dressage saddle
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    12-04-2013, 08:20 PM
I swear the universe is conspiring against me. I was all geared up to try riding Obie again this week... massive snow storm. :( Then we're supposed to get a cold snap. Ugh.

Stay tuned... SOMEDAY I'll ride my horse. On the bright side, maybe my saddle, etc. will be in by the time the weather cooperates. :)
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    12-05-2013, 10:51 AM
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I'm struggling with finding motivation to ride in the cold weather!!!
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    12-05-2013, 06:05 PM
I struggle with motivation as well, but then snow can give you a soft landing!
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