I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my saddle as without one I have stalled a bit. I have had it about 2 weeks and today I got to take it to our playday at Cooroy. Poor Gully is a bit lacking in the muscle tone department and was feeling just a little bit fresh so we got to see the arena a bit faster than usual. By the end we managed to get some good direct reins and change of direction. I am slipping and sliding around in the saddle so much playing with all the movement I now have and am starting to get the hang of using my hips so much better. After being stuck in a saddle that was way too small for me for so long it feels good to be free. I have a lot of work to do on myself to loosen up my shoulders and be more comfortable leaning further back. My first few rides in the saddle I practiced my rein positions and rebounds which are going so much better in the new saddle. Gulliver is responding so much better and I can feel the improvement in our connection when riding already. He was a bit to emotional this morning but I was really happy with how much lighter he was in the direct rein. I will be riding again tomorrow with some homework cards to read.