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It was one of those things that just happened. I'd made the decision to purchase one through the layaway program but in the week before Thanksgiving, a few things converged and I was able to buy an in-stock saddle. It took eleven days from when I ordered it to front-door delivery.
My biggest challenge in my riding is my confidence. I've made great strides in the last year or so but when it comes to cantering, I still get all wadded up.
So while most folks progress to an English saddle to further develop their riding, I'm going the other way. I'm moving from my beloved and phenomenal English saddle to a new western saddle.
Because my issue isn't how well I ride. As it turns out, I'm a pretty darn good rider (when I get out of my head and out of my own way). My issue is letting go and just riding. And for that, I have the idea that a western saddle is better than an English saddle. Valid or not, what's in my head matters because "in my head" is where most of my problems reside.
I am more determined than ever to get through my L3. Not for any other reason than it's time. I've been mucking about in L3 for three years. That's long enough! I've been stymied in my riding for longer than that and it's time. It's time to be positive and progressive. It's time to have some real fun with my horses.