Rider with minimal knee bend: swinging fenders? Some other solution?
Hi, all! I'm looking for a new saddle for my older APHA gelding, and I'm wondering whether I'm likely to do better with a stock saddle with swinging fenders. I have a below-knee prosthesis for my right leg, but because of my particular amputation, the prosthesis fits in a way where I can bend that knee very little.
I currently ride in a western, but because of the knee thing, it's pretty uncomfortable to use the stirrup on that side, so I just ride without my fake leg. It works okay, but I would like to have the security of two stirrups sometimes. Right now, I limit my cantering to the arena and straightaways on the trail, and even at walk/trot, balance can be tricky on steep terrain with just the one foot.
No one I know has a swinging fender saddle for me to try, but I'm wondering if that might solve my issue. What I'm wondering is whether they decrease rider stability more than riding one-legged.
I want to get a new saddle anyway, and I may just end up with another western, but I've always been interested in stock and Aussie saddles.
Any advice is appreciated! <3
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