I simply can’t ride in dressage saddles. I’m defective.
I’ve always been more comfortable in my jump saddles, if I’m getting on an unstarted horse for the first time and have every type of saddle to chose from, jumping saddle. I feel strong and secure in it and the short stirrups let me get up and out of the way of all sorts of stupid behavior.
My mare needs a supportive rider or she will quit, and she has a right lead in progress which I can get in my jump saddle by staying light in the tack and out of the way. In my dressage saddle she picks it, spins in a 5m circle, starts bucking, and quits. I do sit her canter in my jumping saddle, but I don’t know if it’s the same SIT as in a dressage saddle.
I just bought a new one actually, old one did not fit her and the thigh blocks were not in the right spot for me although it had a nice secure seat. I had similar problems in it as in my new saddle which fits my mare REALLY WELL and looks like it fits me.
However, in it I flop in the saddle like a fish, my right leg swings and I lose my stirrup, and when I go to canter I tip forward past where it puts me and my leg swings back. When I shorten my stirrups up I can keep the canter but I’m obviously not sitting on my pockets or anything like that.
When I ride other people’s horses I can sit the canter much better but those horses have flatter canters that are easier in general. My mare has a rolling canter and can get lazy in the arena and picky about my position.
I can canter fine in my endurance saddle which has a wide seat and twist and long stirrups but it’s more of a hand gallop down the trail.
I worked a bit on no stirrups work last night and had to hold on to the front of the saddle so I didn’t bounce right off. I do not have the same problem in my jump saddle and find it easier to sit the trot with or without stirrups in it.
So, do I need a different dressage saddle with a shallower narrower seat, or do I just give up on ever looking like a dressage queen? It is a mono flap and I find it less restrictive than my last saddle which I actually like better but perhaps it isn’t restrictive enough? Although I struggled with the canter in that one as well but blamed it on fit.
Exercises? Glue self to saddle? Apologize to my horse?