I am not a hot-weather rider. I’m a California native with not a lot of high-heat tolerance.
Weather forecast calls for 90+ in June? Abort all long-ride plans, go wash some ponies.
That’s not completely fair. I started off the weekend with a saddle-engineering session with my boyfriend. I wanted pictures, I wanted to know what the differences were, I wanted to know if the Eurolight could be improved. He’s not a horse person. That made it perfect: he could look at things critically without getting caught up in the little differences that horse folks would see.
His verdict: move the stirrups back on the Eurolight, and put them up a hole. OK. I moved them back, dutifully attempted raising them, laughed hysterically, and dropped them back down. They’re already as short as they comfortably go. I suspect the angle difference there is caused somewhat by the stirrup width difference, though without putting different stirrups on the Thorowgood, it’s hard to say for sure.
I am realizing a smarter blogger might have combined these into one image so you could look side-by-side. Sorry, folks. Next time?
Worth noting: I think I do sit straight, but my hips/legs don’t rotate/hang evenly. This is really, really obvious with the thick fleece covers and caged stirrups. It’s true in both saddles and actually true bareback as well: I know my legs don’t feel ‘even’ on the horse. I really ought to get back into PT-type training to work on some of my long standing physical limitations.
So, stirrups moved in the Eurolight, and photography went slightly downhill:
My feet are slightly more under me, I think.
Then I washed a pony and a horse. Yay baths!
I did make it out on a brief trail ride later in the afternoon with a nice clean pony tacked up in the Eurolight. Walk/trot, I felt more secure. Cantering.. eh, improved but still not there. Even w/t was just better rather than great. But it was just one ride, and it’s silly to write things off after just one attempt, especially in full summer heat.