The new saddle arrives!

The new saddle - an Albion K2 Genesis

I believe the saddle fit woes that kept us grounded are finally over – the new Albion K2 Genesis that arrived last week is working well for both Derby and me – so far.

From my perspective, the saddle is extraordinarily comfortable and well balanced – it accommodates my long femur and my decided preference for a closer contact feel and a narrow twist. Derby seems to like it too – he’s relaxed and isn’t showing any resistance.  His back soreness is almost gone.

The saddle’s arrival coincided with a week of brutally high temperatures, with heat indices of well over 100 for the week.  While it wasn’t pleasant, it didn’t impact my riding.  I was planning on doing light rides with Derby at the outset, just 20 minutes or so, mostly walking – and that’s what we did.   We stepped it up to 30 minutes with more trotting yesterday.  We’re not working on much at all at the moment – getting the horse back into condition to support real work is job one.  I’m starting to ask for some stretching and transitions, and am doing so incrementally.

In other news, some bad habits are back in force – namely, the toes-out, knees-out position I fought to overcome on Maddie last winter.  Because I’m still not working too hard with Derby, I’m picking up rides on other horses so I can sustain my own efforts longer.  Lots of two-point work is ahead of me.  And I have to work on stretching my hip flexors – so I can roll my whole leg inward.  Ugh.  Back to square one!

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2 Responses to The new saddle arrives!

  1. dressage rider says:

    I’ve been really, really busy so please forgive my late chiming in on this. I have a visual that may help keep your knees in. I caught myself relaxing a little too much and my knees came off the saddle and my thighs opened. If I was wearing a dress I’d be flashing my underpants! So as you ride think of sitting like a proper lady with a dress on—knees together. No pinching though! Maybe you’d like to read the post. http://dressagerider.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/i-see-london-i-see-france/

    • Sarah Skerik says:

      LOL! I can just hear my mom saying to my 8 year old tomboy self, “Sit like a lady!” That is a good visual, Lee, thanks for sharing! Off to read your post …

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