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post #11 of 19 Old 08-19-2015, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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There are hills around here, but I have to go out and find them! :) Great idea.

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I did two good sessions of roundpen work, had two really experienced riders work her for 30 minutes each, and had a short lesson on her today. It went just fine. She's not loving the canter, but it's better than it was the first day, and so is her trot. We just need to put some miles in together, I think. And lots of trotting trotting trotting.

Oh, and I rode her bareback for the first time today (first time ever riding a horse bareback except for a very short trip into a river), and wonder of wonders ... her bareback trot is waaaay easier to sit than a saddled trot. What the heck is that all about??? :)
Maybe your saddle is putting you too far back......or your are bracing in the stirrups...

Glad the lesson was better!!
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-19-2015, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Even my instructor has a hard time riding her in a seated trot with the saddle. We have no idea why it's easier without a saddle!

We had a great lesson today. She held the canter almost all the way through, and we worked on lengthening and shortening her stride between poles. Her attitude is awesome. So glad to have my girl back!
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Sounds like the saddle doesn't fit as well as you might think, or the girth is too tight or such. May be that something's not quite right & the extra pressure from tack is tweaking it...
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I've had a saddle fitter out and it's fine. And we use a girth that has elastic on one side. I can always fit fingers under it without even stretching that elastic.

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Well, pro saddle fitter or otherwise, something's obviously not good about it. Perhaps the fitter didn't check out(or understand how to) the fit on the horse at various paces, or perhaps he's changed shape. Or perhaps the saddle has. Or the saddle imbalances the rider. Or perhaps he's got a slightly sore back that's exacerbated by it. Or perhaps he's got ulcers & the saddle or girth are acting on pressure points... Girths can also still absolutely be too tight or otherwise uncomfortable when they have elastic.
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I've got to second that there's saddle fitters and then there's saddle fitters. I have an excellent one now and she sees things other saddle fitters miss. So I really do think it's worth getting a second opinion from someone who comes recommended by someone who rides a lot / rides in a high impact discipline. The saddle may fit well, but does it fit superbly?
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My mare also has a nicer trot bareback. What IS that about?
I have this theory that bareback riding forces us to focus in a way that riding in the safety of a saddle does not. So we're 100% with the horse mentally and we're then actually really starting to ride, and really getting in tune with the horse, and the result is increased harmony. Relaxation has a big part to play too - because it's so important for staying on bareback - and it transfers to the horse.

In a saddle we can do really bad things and still not fall off. Bareback is a form of natural selection: Ride well or fall off.

Now tell me why the awareness of potentially impending death is such an unsurpassed focusing tool!
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post #19 of 19 Old 08-22-2015, 08:26 PM
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I love that at my kid's 'pony club' they do bareback games... not only do they get practice riding bareback, but they also have to focus on hitting a ball around(kind of polo using a big soft plastic ball & foam noodles for mallets!). It seems to be a lot more effective than just focussing on balance - they kind of learn it by default, subconsciously.
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