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post #1 of 58 Old 08-30-2011, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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What do you hold

onto when/if your horse starts to act up? I am use to a Western Saddle and if a horse started to act up I would grap hold of the horn but I don't have that option on an English Saddle. LOL I hope I never need to know this info but just in case I would like to be prepared.


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post #2 of 58 Old 08-30-2011, 10:43 PM
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I ride western too, so I'm used grabbing the horn as well, but my mum's horse rears, so I cling to whatever with her!

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I think it's funny that if my horse is feeling "fresh" I will always grab my western saddle vs my english BUT if he actually starts acting up I don't grab the saddle at all. I usually just grab the reins with two hands and keep my right hand lower to keep him collecting and slowing while keeping my left hand about 5 inches higher to prevent him from dropping his head in an attempt to buck. It's just what works for me.

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post #4 of 58 Old 08-30-2011, 11:01 PM
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You're right, there isn't anything on an english saddle to hold onto.
You can attach a grabstrap to your saddle, or hold on to a breastplate/ martingale if your horse wears one. Or you could always grab a chunk of mane.
But I usually just try to deal with any problems on the flat rather than just trying to "hold on". Sometimes I lose my balance over a jump, in that case, I grab mane, so I don't fall onto the horses back or knock its mouth.

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I usually grab for a hunk of mane. :)

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Ok thanks everyone. Shes suspose to be a really good well trained trail horse so hopefully there will be no problems. : ) Also what do you guys use for saddle bags if you are going on a long trail ride and want to take a lunch or something with you.


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when i have to cowgirl the reins and give him a swat he bucks like all heck!! (He hates being tapped with reins or crops)
So when i have to give him a little smack, i will slip my hand under the front of my half pad and hang on. so far he's never gotten me loose out of the saddle. hahaha!!

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trail riding in an Eng. saddle presents some problems. You can get pads that have a pocket in them . If the saddle is an All Purpose, it will have some D rings on the back to which you can tie things. I have just worn a small backpack for lunch. Very light that won't unbalance me. or fanny pack worn in front.

I don't grab the saddle at all if the hrose acts up. I just dont'; have time to think about that. But, you can buy a "bucking strap" and put one on if you like

I dont' grab the horn western either. I just fall off. I never think to grab it in time, it happens so quickly.
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post #9 of 58 Old 08-31-2011, 01:28 AM
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Hmm. That's a good question. I've always kinda wondered that!

I know when I was younger, I would get heck for going to the horn :P So I rely on the swells of the saddle to keep me in...

If I rode English I would hit the ground quite a bit.

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I have only ridden western I think twice in my life, and to me the horn is just a big lump that's in my way - or tries to either remove my bra or bruise my stomach when I get off the horse.

So I suppose it's what you are used to, but I don't grab anything nor do I want to. However you could grab the pommel of the saddle or a chunk of mane.
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