My seatbone saver arrived the other day. I thought I would give it a try as the advert said it was good for those of us with bad backs. I have recently pulled a muscle in my back and lots of things, not to mention riding, were getting a bit uncomfortable. It made me think that if riding with a sore back was this bad for me, what must it be like for my boys, Star and Oliver, with me banging around in an even worse position than normal.
Anyway, I tried the seatbone saver for the first time yesterday. I have to say it was better than I had expected. For the first time I feel as if I am sitting properly in the saddle. I know I have alot of work to do with my basic position but I did feel alot more effective with all my aids. I don't care if anyone thinks I am cheating to ride "properly" - anything that improves comfort for horse and rider has to be good.
To prove the point, I thought I would try the weight aids out on Oliver. Despite being 12, he has had very little schooling, but we were happily wandering around the manege with no reins with me managing to direct him just by putting more or less weight in my left or right seatbone. He is 17.2hh and I am only 5 ft tall so it just goes to prove those people who think you can influence a horse with force completely wrong.
Some success at last!!