- riding for 4.5 yearsNow that we've established some ethos, I'd like to make a claim: Dressage saddles suck. Why, exactly, do I need a seat deeper than a Jaden Smith tweet? Can you give me one valid reason why the knee block has to be as big as my bicep (AN: my biceps are big)? We're already aware that such a lengthy stirrup doesn't work for my stubby little legs, and don't even get me started on the billets.
- keeps all 7 saddle pads meticulously organized
- once had 20+ refusals over two courses but still won the hack
If that's not enough, please refer to the figure below:
I rest my case.
In conclusion, Dressage saddles are surprisingly enjoyable, even if you've ridden in nothing but jumping saddles with the occasional western saddle for most of your career. I'm not sure why everyone isn't doing this. They're missing out. I will say, using my leg is a lot easier when I don't have a stirrup iron in the way. was still doing my "sitting" trot. I considered wearing my full seats, hoping that I'd be able to fake it to an extent . . . but Miss El likes my pinstripe breeches, and I didn't want to be a complete disappointment today, so there's that.
|Look how cute :3|
We focused mainly on the walk and trot because she needs someone to hold her together at the canter, and, well, I'm not that person. Every once in a while she would get a bit speedy at the trot, and it would take me a few strides to get her to settle back down. There was one time where I was more timely, and I received praise for an early correction. Score!
|Don't gimme that look|
Plus it's just pretty darn fun.
Oh, I forgot to mention, she walked out of the ring during cool out. Just stepped right over it.
|DONT ACT LIKE YOU DIDNT|