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post #11 of 25 Old 07-07-2009, 10:56 AM
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I have to dissagree with horseshorses08... I don't think keeping your thighs tight against a saddle is a good idea. Tensing your thighs translates to tensing your entire leg, to your body, to your hands...getting into the horse's mouth and in tern making the horse itself tense. I'm an advocate of just sitting deeply in your saddle and relax. Your horse feels every single bit of it.

Riding western us hardly different from riding english. Some minor differences but nothing extensive. Heels down. Shoulders back. Line from heel, hip, to shoulder. Soft hands while maintaining a straight line from the elbow to the bit.

Sit deep in your saddle, don't push your feet forward and brace off of your stirrups. Let your legs stretch down into the stirrup below and just think tall.

Stirrup length is easy to learn. While standing up in the saddle you should be able to have about a 2 inch space between your body and the seat.

Rule of thumb with saddle sizes is that, say if you ride in a 17inch english saddle...it's more than likely that you'll ride a size 15-16 inch western saddle. Best thing to do is try them out with an EXPERIENCED rider. Perhaps a trainer.
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I'm 5'7 and I ride a 15" seat. Fits me really well.
Western is much more relaxed, you don't want to keep your legs tight against your horse let them hang out just keep your toes in and heels down. Reins in right hand, left hand rested on your leg (or vice versa if your left handed hehe) sit relaxed in the saddle but don't slouch. Tuck your butt and lift your chest a little.

You can ride western in a snaffle bit if you want if you ride in a snaffle you're permitted to use two hands for reining, if you ride in a curb bit one hand. No posting at a trot. Keep it at a nice easy jog so you can keep your seat.

Hmmm, I supopse any more questions just ask away!

I only rode english a couple times. Wasn't a big fan (no offense, just not for me), but welcome to the western world! ;)
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well if she had her thighs tight she wouldn't have a problem keeping her seat. And just because its western dosen't mean she dosen't need to keep her thighs tight. You can learn to loosen up your calves, I did. And I take an 18 so I would need a BIGGER WESTERN SADDLE! And I have really long legs do I have to have a 18. If I had shorter legs I could have a 16 size saddle. Your right the horse does feel every bit of it but I have a horse who will buck if I get tense so I know how to hold my legs.
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How tall you are doesn't depend the size of the saddle. =/

She said she was 5 foot 7 and fits into a 15", and I am 5 foot 3 and I fit into a 15.

It depends on your weight and how big/little you are up top.

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K well I am 5'7 135 and a have a little butt. Haha.
Go to the local tack store and try a couple of saddles out, just sit in em on the saddle stands.

You don't want to keep your legs tight like english tight, they don't need to be tucked right against the horse. Different gates of course require different tightness I was simply saying you don't hug the horse with your legs. You can have a more relaxed leg. Also if you are riding a western broke horse they often go off leg pressure just as much as the reins, so too tight a leg might turn him in one direction or the other. ;)
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english it does because I have long legs so I need one with longer flaps
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I have to dissagree with horseshorses08... I don't think keeping your thighs tight against a saddle is a good idea. Tensing your thighs translates to tensing your entire leg, to your body, to your hands...getting into the horse's mouth and in tern making the horse itself tense. I'm an advocate of just sitting deeply in your saddle and relax. Your horse feels every single bit of it.

Riding western us hardly different from riding english. Some minor differences but nothing extensive. Heels down. Shoulders back. Line from heel, hip, to shoulder. Soft hands while maintaining a straight line from the elbow to the bit.

Sit deep in your saddle, don't push your feet forward and brace off of your stirrups. Let your legs stretch down into the stirrup below and just think tall.

Stirrup length is easy to learn. While standing up in the saddle you should be able to have about a 2 inch space between your body and the seat.

Rule of thumb with saddle sizes is that, say if you ride in a 17inch english saddle...it's more than likely that you'll ride a size 15-16 inch western saddle. Best thing to do is try them out with an EXPERIENCED rider. Perhaps a trainer.
Thanks for your help. That's why I asked about the whole tight thing... thanks again!!! :)

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Oh, and thank you too IdahoCowgirl! :)

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Thanks for your help. That's why I asked about the whole tight thing... thanks again!!! :)
Your welcome. Best of luck to ya!
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well if she had her thighs tight she wouldn't have a problem keeping her seat. And just because its western dosen't mean she dosen't need to keep her thighs tight.

You should not be gripping with your legs in any discipline. Gripping with any part of your leg will throw your balance off as it changes how you sit in the saddle. Your security should be coming from your seat, not a death grip in your legs. Developing your seat takes time and that is one of the reasons why we take lessons, by gripping with any part of your legs you are using a crutch and weakening your position.

Also- leg length does play into western saddle fit. The length between your knee bone and your hip bone can affect how the saddle fits you.
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