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post #1 of 6 Old 01-11-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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english saddles....

K so after 5yrs give or take I gave in and bought a new englsh saddle afyer selling my old one... Now since I am more than a little rusty. And was wondering if anyone had anytips... And if there were breast collars for english saddles? Or is betterto ride without oe??
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Breast collars are martingales in the English world. It depends on the horse and sometimes even the rider if you have one. There are many types.. I only know of a few so I can't really be all too helpful.

Though I can tell you I ride a green horse without one, but like I said, it depends on the situation.

The important thing is to make sure the saddle fits your horse and make sure YOU fit in the saddle too! :)

Take some time just sitting in the saddle without your feet in the stirrups.. get used to feeling those seat bones with less leather (assuming you were in a western saddle before.) Then once you feel comfortable, slide your feet in and take your horse for a spin.

Also, make sure the stirrups are long/short enough for you. Too short can hurt your knees, hips, back and place you in a very strange and unhelpful position (probably not on your seatbones) and too long can have you reaching down and not feeling secure and can lead to other problems especially if you have a horse which is a tad on the nervous side.

Chin up, eyes up. Work on keeping those toes as parallel to the horse as your body can manage. Walking your horse in 2-point helps you to build up leg muscle and get more balance.

Triple check the girth...!

I can't think of anything else right now

Oh! Steering.. as you know, English uses direct rein. Make sure your horse and yourself understand how that works. Don't worry about contact right now.. a nice loose enough rein to start will be fine. Thumbs on top. Closed fingers!

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thanks:) today I went out n tried fhe saddle on both my horses. It fits then both really well. I couldbt ride though it was way to icy. So another day I will get myself in the saddle
Im really excited to try it out
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Hunter breast plates do not have to have a martingale attachment, you can just use a breast plate to keep the saddle from slipping when riding up hill or jumping. A normal running / standing martingale has no effect on the saddle.

Here is my mare wearing a breast plate


You can also get breast girths with wither straps.

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Breast plates do not have to have a martingale attachment, you can just use a breast plate to keep the saddle from slipping when riding up hill or jumping. A normal running / standing martingale has no effect on the saddle.

Sorry, I meant breast plates. Breast plates are the English equivalent of a western breast plate. But then there are martingales that usually fix a problem.



Sorry to confuse you.. in my defense it was like 2 in the morning xD

Glad the saddles fit your horses!
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It all depends on preference. I don't use one, and I do dressage/flat work. It's all about preference, if you are still not sure, try talking to a trainer, or a good friend. :)

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