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Sitting in the Correct Position

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Posted on Oct 07, 2010 at 08:10 AM Total posts: 1
Okay.. so here I am watching all these training videos for green riders.. I myself am not a green rider.. but alot of my moms clients are.. Now my biggest pet peave is when you see a larger person in a kids saddle.. Obviously tack isnt cheap and we all want to save money when it comes to buyin it, but lets be honest people.. the fact of the matter is that these 15 hand horses you all love to ride need a proper fitting saddle for the both of you!. I find as a smaller girl i need more room to make my horse move properly.. allowing myself as much as my horse to properly open up our hips. I ride in a 16" saddle (western and english) and Its alot of saddle underneath me.. But its worth keeping my horses back feeling the same as when i got on it. Alot of her clients are middle age women who just wanna trail ride.. but does that mean "its a good deal cause its only $500". Find a saddle that you feel roomie in. that couch feeling saddle you love.. probably is making your horse love you more... im not saying buy a saddle that DOESNT fit you.. im saying buy one that actually does.. front back side to side!

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Posted on Aug 02, 2011 at 10:20 PM Total posts: 1
Thanks for sharing. Way too often riders are not educated on saddle fit. Sitting in one too small will throw your seat and balance off. I think most riders who will ride a seat too small is because it gives them a sense of security. The people I work with don't get a saddle for a while. I like for them to first learn feel and balance first. I lead my horse or theirs if suitable, with them with a bareback pad. Just a walk, have them do exercises and feel where the horses feet are. Been doing that for over forty years now. What I learned from my grandmother. ekwhine A friend asked me to suggest a bit for her horse, a mare, that would control her. The mare was getting really bad about bolting, and had recently dumped my friend by getting out from under her.running thru the leverage bit that was on her. The mare was going up for sale and wanted something so a person could take her out for a ride. When I got there, I asked that the mare be put in the round pen just so I could watch her. I asked to see the bit they were using on her. I then asked to have the saddle the mare was ridden with put on the mare, minus the saddle pad. It didn't take long to find the problem was not the bit but the saddle fit. I had my friend run her hand under the saddle from front to back on both sides. The saddle was really pinching behind the withers. I was then asked if more padding would help the saddle fit better. I told her not any more than putting on thicker socks would help shoes fit better that were too tight. I loaned her one of my saddles, I have several, until she could get one that fit the mare and had her put the mare in a three piece broken snaffle so she could teach the mare to give her head. I showed her the mare was very resistant with giving her head with the leverage bit. Her kids now ride the mare and love her. Love a happy ending.
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Posted on Nov 23, 2010 at 09:54 PM Total posts: 2
Of course you are correct...I am the clinical director for a therapeutic riding program in Hawaii...We have a string of ten horses/ponies and at least that many saddles and bridles, not to mention filler pads, blankets and fly sheets!!...If the horse goes down, everything stops...Thanks for your post....k.

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