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post #31 of 51 Old 08-18-2013, 05:51 PM
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No problem! Gorgeous horse btw.
Thanks, my new guy, can't wait to get all fit again and ride him!
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Thanks, my new guy, can't wait to get all fit again and ride him!
That's where I am at. I am desperately trying to get fit so he doesn't have to keep hauling my heavy butt around. But he is doing great so far, and the chiropractor said he has no back pain.
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Golden Horse, you seem to have a bit more room to move around in. Looks more comfortable all around.
I agree, lovely horse :)

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I don't know what the rule is for western saddles but for English ones it can't go past the last rib of the horse. That's what I was always told anyway, don't know if that's right though :)

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I don't know what the rule is for western saddles but for English ones it can't go past the last rib of the horse. That's what I was always told anyway, don't know if that's right though :)

The rule is the same for all saddles, since it is the tree that bears the weight, and it should not go past the last rib that is attached to the spine (there are floating ribs beyond that rib, but they do not count).

That Western saddle , to me, looks too tight in the shoulders. I didnt' get a good look at the English saddle, but if you like, you might consider doing some photos of the saddles ON your horse, NO pad underneath , from front , angle, side, rear. Good lighting, horse on flat ground and squared up. Then one could get a good critique.
I think the seat of that western saddle is too small for you, too.

Waht measurement is it? I think you would need a 16.5 , perhaps.
It has to do with the length of the femur, too. So , how tall are you?

And the boobs , big or not, are hard to change, short of a scalpel. They will go down if you lose weight. I know the feeling, I am bigger than I'd like to be, too.
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I wouldn't listen to non-horse people, but to the people who know about horses, saddle fittings and size. Gee kind of like the good advice you're getting here

Your western saddle is too small for you, as previously mentioned.

I'll not get into the "too big" or "too heavy", but will share this wisdom from the professional lady who trained my horse.

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I am glad that you are riding!! **hugs**
I am part of the club that could lose some pounds. Your horse looks adequate to carry you now, and I get the idea that you are wanting to ride often and get in shape--GOOD FOR YOU!!
I don't think that in your current physical shape you could ride him too much. Horses are really strong and he ISN'T part of a trail riding string, so ride as often and as long as your can. If you haven't already noticed your will firm up your inner thighs and your abdominals first and you'll feel the ride MOST 2 days later.
Have you taken lessons? If you have, warm him up by walking and YOU stretching: RH to the poll, RH to the tail, LH to the poll, LH to the tail, RH to R foot, LH to left foot, cross RH reach to left foot, cross LH reach for right foot, lay back and sit up. Do this THE BEST YOU can, 3x on each rein. THIS exercise will loosen your body up and help you to ride sitting deeply and THAT keeps you balanced. It also gives you horse an opportunity to stretch his neck down and stretch his back and THAT helps him to carry any rider better.
Good luck, and keep us posted.
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I am glad that you are riding!! **hugs**
I am part of the club that could lose some pounds. Your horse looks adequate to carry you now, and I get the idea that you are wanting to ride often and get in shape--GOOD FOR YOU!!
I don't think that in your current physical shape you could ride him too much. Horses are really strong and he ISN'T part of a trail riding string, so ride as often and as long as your can. If you haven't already noticed your will firm up your inner thighs and your abdominals first and you'll feel the ride MOST 2 days later.
Have you taken lessons? If you have, warm him up by walking and YOU stretching: RH to the poll, RH to the tail, LH to the poll, LH to the tail, RH to R foot, LH to left foot, cross RH reach to left foot, cross LH reach for right foot, lay back and sit up. Do this THE BEST YOU can, 3x on each rein. THIS exercise will loosen your body up and help you to ride sitting deeply and THAT keeps you balanced. It also gives you horse an opportunity to stretch his neck down and stretch his back and THAT helps him to carry any rider better.
Good luck, and keep us posted.
Thanks! I love the stretching techniques! I do have a trainer, and right now she has me ride him an hour max every other day. But I always feel sore in my thighs, calves and lower abdomen which is a good thing. Since I started riding I dropped 4 lbs. I am also eating better. It's amazing what changes a horse can make in you, phyically, mentally and emotionally.
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the rule is the same for all saddles, since it is the tree that bears the weight, and it should not go past the last rib that is attached to the spine (there are floating ribs beyond that rib, but they do not count).

That Western saddle , to me, looks too tight in the shoulders. I didnt' get a good look at the English saddle, but if you like, you might consider doing some photos of the saddles ON your horse, NO pad underneath , from front , angle, side, rear. Good lighting, horse on flat ground and squared up. Then one could get a good critique.
I think the seat of that western saddle is too small for you, too.

Waht measurement is it? I think you would need a 16.5 , perhaps.
It has to do with the length of the femur, too. So , how tall are you?

And the boobs , big or not, are hard to change, short of a scalpel. They will go down if you lose weight. I know the feeling, I am bigger than I'd like to be, too.
I think it's a 16. The biggest one at the barn unfortunately. But I will be buying a fitted one on the 1st. I am 5'9.
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I'd say a 16" would definitely be too small for you. I'm 5'7" with a 32" inseam and I'm most comfortable in a 17", even when I weigh less than I do now.
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