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Skyseternalangel 02-13-2013 04:47 PM

Western critique please!
 
This is basically the first time riding Sky western.. and I haven't been in a western saddle in many many years so what I'm looking for is every and all critique.

We only stay at a walk in the photos.

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Thank you :)

tinyliny 02-13-2013 04:52 PM

sure can see the English in you!
Those photos show how big Sky is. you look good to me, though maybe you need to relax your back a little; there's a bit of roll in your lower back, like a jumper sometimes has. should be more straight upright, and relax your legs and let them hang down more. more relaxation, now!@ hurry up! relax, I said! darn it all, relax! (did that help?)

Skyseternalangel 02-13-2013 04:55 PM

Okay :) Next time I shall relax more! Thank you! :)

How does he look? The reins themselves are quite short for HIM.. so I may have to get him longer split reins..

CLaPorte432 02-13-2013 05:00 PM

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Your stirrups are too short for a western saddle. They need to be lengthened 2-3 holes is my guess. Lower leg more forward, heels down. And sit up straighter and more on your...butt cheeks/back pockets...as opposed to your pubic bone.

I just LOVE Sky! And im so happy to see you two back together!
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FaceTheMusic 02-13-2013 05:04 PM

I agree with CLaPorte432 your stirrups are way too short and you need to sit back on your pockets but other than that you look good!

Skyseternalangel 02-13-2013 05:09 PM

Okay, awesome! I knew I was riding too forward.. I just was so confused about how it felt in relation to an english saddle haha! I will make sure to lengthen my stirrups more and sit on my pockets.

DraftyAiresMum 02-13-2013 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel (Post 1892919)
Okay, awesome! I knew I was riding too forward.. I just was so confused about how it felt in relation to an english saddle haha! I will make sure to lengthen my stirrups more and sit on my pockets.

I was gonna say that it looks like you're trying to ride English in a western saddle. Lol. Sky looks great and so relaxed.
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Skyseternalangel 02-13-2013 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum (Post 1892958)
I was gonna say that it looks like you're trying to ride English in a western saddle. Lol. Sky looks great and so relaxed.
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I took a video.. it cut out before the funniest part but I said:

"Well that was fun.. now how the he** do I get out of this thing?!"

:lol: Dismounting with a horn and the high cantle is so confusing!

I'll post the video when I get home :)

COWCHICK77 02-13-2013 11:13 PM

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I agree with letting your stirrups out just a tad. Just enough to let your fenders hang straight down and that will also help get that big arch out of your lower back so you can move a little free-er(sp?) through your lower back and hips.

What you are doing will determine your stirrup length some. I change mine between all day riding(longer) or corral work, colt starting or training.(maybe a hole or two shorter) I actually like that your stirrups were a tad short rather than too long. Some think that riding western=long stirrups. I see that they stand on their toes and shove themselves against the cantle to stay in the saddle and in turn makes for a hard hand.
Personally I think your English background makes for a great base for riding western!
Good job and I am glad you made it to the states to see Sky!(or maybe you had him shipped NZ???)

tinyliny 02-13-2013 11:16 PM

I majorly like Cowchick's post!!!


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