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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm not sure what you mean by 'move round', but I do know that if you have a well fitting western saddle, your horse should have absolutely no problem with rounding himself out. DO NOT just clunk any old western saddle on him though, it WILL constrict his movement =] make sure it's sized right, give him some time to get used to the saddle (after all, it covers a larger portion of his back and tightens differently) and there shouldn't be much of a difference. My friends nad I do serpentines, 10 meter circles, elevated canters, and all of that jazz in our western tack ^_^ and really, if you think about it, western saddles HAVE to allow a horse to flex. Look at a barrel, pole, cutting, or reining horse and you'll see that they have to bend their whole bodies to perform. That's not exactly the same as being 'rounded', but as long as you keep him/her off of their forehand, theres no problem at all. Its just a matter of getting them (AND YOU!) used to the different tack.
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