I'm having trouble doing basic level dressage in a close contact saddle...tips??
I'm schooling a paint pony who is very green. This isn't my pony so I have a hard time justifying buying a dressage saddle for her. Therefore, my only option is the owner's close contact saddle. It fits the pony and it fits me perfectly but for some reason I am having trouble finding my balance, the more we progress.
I can find my balance perfectly at the walk and sitting trot. We just started doing canter work, so shes still really unbalanced herself. Therefore, I am not suprised I can't find my balance at the canter, yet. However, the posting trot is where I have the most problems finding my balance.
Its hard to explain, its like I know where my center of gravity should be at the posting trot, but when I attempt it I just can't seem to hold it. I feel like the saddle is pushing me forward.
Is there anything I can do, aside from buying a new saddle??
I never had problems doing basic dressage in a cc saddle with my old mare. However, since this pony is a paint and my old mare is a warmblood there is a significant difference in build.