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    05-24-2013, 05:53 AM
  #21
Trained
I should also add another use for the saddle horn: Saddle bags.

When we pack up and go camping, I often keep a bag over my horn and one behind my saddle for my stuff. There were times when I was younger I'd go out on my good old gelding and just spend a night in the woods, but I needed all my supplies first.

Horns serve many purposes, not just dragging cows.

Also, using as a handle, DEFINITELY better than the mane. When a colt decides they suddenly don't like you anymore, put their head between their knees and start bucking....It's REAL hard to get a hold of that mane! At our barn, we start everything in a western saddle with a stable horn, even back when we used to get a couple eventing prospects.

Plus, any horse can have a fit. Do what it takes to stay on. NO shame in using that tool when you get in a dangerous situation.
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    05-24-2013, 08:06 AM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
Monkey grip? Is that the same thing as a night latch????

No horn on my saddle. I'm just not comfortable with one in front of me.
Don't know what a night latch is, but this is what I'm talking about:
monkey%20grip.jpg

I've got one on my aussie and one is also being added to the aussie I just ordered. I also put a smaller one on my English Saddle for my daughter. It's been used a number of times.
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    05-24-2013, 08:07 AM
  #23
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
I should also add another use for the saddle horn: Saddle bags.

When we pack up and go camping, I often keep a bag over my horn and one behind my saddle for my stuff. There were times when I was younger I'd go out on my good old gelding and just spend a night in the woods, but I needed all my supplies first.

Horns serve many purposes, not just dragging cows.

Also, using as a handle, DEFINITELY better than the mane. When a colt decides they suddenly don't like you anymore, put their head between their knees and start bucking....It's REAL hard to get a hold of that mane! At our barn, we start everything in a western saddle with a stable horn, even back when we used to get a couple eventing prospects.

Plus, any horse can have a fit. Do what it takes to stay on. NO shame in using that tool when you get in a dangerous situation.
Well, they make really nice saddle bags for the saddles with no horns now so nope...I still won't have one. I will agree though that they are useful for dragging items should the need arise.
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    05-24-2013, 11:09 AM
  #24
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Originally Posted by Horsesaplenty    
Don't know what a night latch is, but this is what I'm talking about:
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I've got one on my aussie and one is also being added to the aussie I just ordered. I also put a smaller one on my English Saddle for my daughter. It's been used a number of times.
Yep...Sort of what I thought. I ride a Tucker Plantation saddle. I was going to order a night latch strap but found a perfect rolled dog collar for about 1/3 the price. I ride a mellow green horse and I'm not a spring chicken. It's my "Just in case" strap.
     
    05-31-2013, 11:34 AM
  #25
Green Broke
For most people its just a look thing. Theyd have a fit if the saddel didnt have a horn. I guess it has just become the expected norm.
Hoity toity english uncomfortable and unsecure... No horn
Laid back relaxed, secure putz around ? Horn.
That's the basic perceptions.

Personally doesnt matter one way or another to me. Id judge the saddle on fit for me, fit for my horse weight looks etc etc. Horn no horn doesnt matter really. But lets see If I was ordering a downunder longreach identicle saddles but available with and without ? I guess I would and have ordered with. Just a handy place to drop the reins if nothing else.
     
    05-31-2013, 11:59 AM
  #26
Trained
I set my reins over the saddle horn when we are just relaxing at slower gaits and I want to use my hands for something else. I also use a saddle bag that fits over the horn. I did see a nice endurance saddle without a horn that only weighed 12 pounds. If I had an extra $2,000, I would buy it.
     
    05-31-2013, 12:12 PM
  #27
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I set my reins over the saddle horn when we are just relaxing at slower gaits and I want to use my hands for something else.
I've seen someone do this, their horse tripped badly, jerked its head down for ballance and the bit ripped its mouth. Always makes me cringe, I've never put my reins over a horn.

I don't like a horn because I have been jabbed in the stomach, hit by it coming off a horse, including baseball sized bruises on my legs, and perhaps the most interesting, riding a green horse up a steep hill, he lunged and I was leaning right forward, I'm pretty short and the narrow horn hooked my bra. Try unhooking your bra while a green horse jigs all over a hill top, you looking down at his feet while trying to pull him into a one rein stop without plunging back down a steep hill. Fun.

I own one saddle with a horn, that I no longer ride in.
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    05-31-2013, 12:19 PM
  #28
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^^^^^^^ Yikes! I knew there was a good reason I don't like horns.
     

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