Nice to see you back on your horse!
Thank you, oh you canâ€™t believe how happy I am finally to be able to work like that again! Aah! I never knew I missed it so much, after 6 years. But my seat is horrible, horrible! I could lengthen the stirrups one whole last time, so I am getting there slowly but surely, just like the O master.
The Espaniola saddle looks good on him! And he seems very happy about you mounting. I guess that means he's giving it the thumbs up?
Yes, you are so right. It is the first saddle ever he actually loves and I canâ€™t be more thrilled for it is my dream saddle! Just the sight of this saddle each day makes me smile like an idiot! And I love the feel of itâ€¦ so secure and yet all Owen is doing can be felt through it like through butter!
What do you think of it compared to the Barefoots?
There is no comparison. Well in my mind. I do like the barefoot type of saddles. They should probably be standard worldwide for general riding. But it is no comparison to the feeling of the Espaniola. Also O dislikes the barefoots but he choises them over any treed saddle though.
Is it the short flap or the long flap model?
It is the short flap, I am a really tiny personâ€¦
(Sorry, lots of saddle questions.. I'm looking at buying a discounted one at the moment!)
Donâ€™t ever be sorry asking me about this saddleâ€¦!
O is looking lovely and bendy with his lateral flexions. I often train this without the hand cue as well, keeping my body tall and upright so that I don't lean to lure to me, and just turning my body from the hips very slightly as I would when riding a bend, and wait for my horses to get it. Then put my hand down with the treat. This still gives the benefit of the lateral flexion, but adds an extra polish up of tuning them to my seat and leg cues so I can ride tackless. It makes a really "wow" inspiring trick too when you get people to name left or right for you and your horse does it with seemingly no cue!
That is a great idea!!! Thanks! I do use my inside leg to ask for just a little lateral flexion for later when we can leave the cavesson out completely. But that is an excellent idea Sue! Please show a vid