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post #1 of 3 Old 04-27-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 27 year old mare who is an ex school horse. She has not been rode in quite some time, and I have just moved her to a new home. My nephew (7) has taken quite a bit of interest in her. I have put him on her bareback and led him around, and am wondering if I can just get a western saddle for him ride her? I know the style bit she uses, but not sure if I could switch the saddle? Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-27-2011, 07:14 PM
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It shouldn't be too much of a change for her, just the weight. Unless you are planning on getting techincal about it and showing or schooling her like that, the saddle change won't matter.

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-27-2011, 07:32 PM
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Agreed, it really shouldn't matter much. Plus, if you get a saddle small enough to fit him, it won't weigh that much more than your typical English saddle. The only thing to be cautious about is the back cinch. Some horses who are very broke still freak out the first time they have a back cinch on simply because it's new. If she's never had one, I would suggest either getting a saddle that doesn't have one or taking it off and just sticking with the front cinch.

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