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    08-31-2011, 11:58 AM
I grip reallllyyy tight with my legs and pull tighter on my reins give him a swift kick as to say you are a huge brat (thats not the word I use though) right now so cut it out. Beau is so afraid of deer its ridiculous, so this happens somewhat often.

As for trail riding with an english saddle TinyLiny suggested a small backpack, which is perfect. There is that brand called camelback and its a water backpack and has storage in it too and is about the side of half of your back it has the straps of a normal school bag and it clips in the front. They are so light and hold atleast 2 liters of water and snacks etc. I have one and I love it I use it for trails, snowboarding, walks etc.
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    08-31-2011, 12:00 PM
Thats a great idea my sons friend bought one of those for $15.00 at Walmart this weekend to use for his JROTC class.
    08-31-2011, 12:03 PM
Thats perfect then! And you will have water and food all in one with nothing extra hanging on your saddle.
    08-31-2011, 12:09 PM
I don't think I'd have enough time to grab onto anything.... When I fell of Patches, I pretty much just fell.... I was riding English that time.

When I rode him bareback once and he spooked, I grabbed his mane.
    08-31-2011, 12:10 PM
Although I LOVE my Camelbak for hiking, I don't like backpacks/Camelbaks for riding, because they throw off my balance - especially in an unusual situation.

I have one of these I use when I trail ride in my Dressage saddle (there's also one for an all-purpose saddle)
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    08-31-2011, 12:15 PM
Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
Ok thanks everyone. She's 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.
I have a saddle pad with pockets. Holds up to 4 water bottles and my keys. Always keep your cell on you though ;)
    08-31-2011, 01:48 PM
There are three major types of English saddle.
General Purpose & Dressage & Jumping but there are many sub types.
Myself, I keep two saddles for the same horse : a GP and a dressage.
Saddles are bought especially to fit the shape of an individual horse’s back.
There are no horns on any English saddle and anyway the rider is unlikely to use a rope or lariat.
Most English riders find the horn an obstruction which catches up in jackets. It has no use except for‘pony walking’ – in which case the rider has to be careful of not getting the thighs trapped between the lead rope and the saddle top.
English riders generally carry whips (if anything) and maybe they fit spurs
The dressage saddle is cut straight with knee rolls to enable the rider to adopt the upright dressage‘ seat’ with a straight back and fairly long legs.
My own dressage saddle is flat topped and without knee rolls. The rider sits ‘on’ it. It is great and very comfortable for the dressage or schooling arena but useless for trail riding
The jumping saddle allows the rider to shorten the stirrups so as to bend the knees and lock the knees into the ‘knee rolls’ which help keep the legs in position when landing after taking a jump.
The GP is a compromise saddle, say a cross between a dressage and a jumping saddle, which is usually fitted with knee rolls. A regular trail rider (wanting to go ‘hacking’) would buy a GP saddle which is usually supplied with D rings to which can be attached by string saddle bags & wearing apparel. A GP can be used for jumping and even for lower level dressage.
On no English cut saddle is there anything to grip with the hands but the knee rolls and the depth of the seat give through the legs some security to the trained rider. Falling off is so easy.
Few riders these days ride in public without wearing a riding hat.
A leather English saddle, bought especially for a new horse will easily cost of $1500. Some popular dressage saddles cost well over $2500
Personally if I rode English in the US, I personally would probably buy a McLellan military saddle for use on top of a saddle blanket. (Macs are still made new in South Africa).
The terminology used by American riders in the English style is slightly different from that used in Britain.
The Aussie saddle, is essentially an English cut of saddle but one which is usually fitted with a tall cantle & pommel and deep knee rolls thereby providing the rider with a secure seat shape to sit ‘into’. Aussies work their cattle in Aussie saddles and they ride in a style akin to Western – a sort of halfway between English and Western. For the leisure rider they make several excellent saddles suitable for the leisure rider including the very expensive WOW which is fully adjustable for width.
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    08-31-2011, 04:49 PM
Originally Posted by Shenandoah    
Although I LOVE my Camelbak for hiking, I don't like backpacks/Camelbaks for riding, because they throw off my balance - especially in an unusual situation.

I have one of these I use when I trail ride in my Dressage saddle (there's also one for an all-purpose saddle)
Saddle Pad with pockets
Ooo I like that I may need one of those to.
    08-31-2011, 05:25 PM
Look its on sale today!
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    08-31-2011, 06:05 PM
Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
Look its on sale today!
Deal of the Day at TackWholesale.com
Darn. Says the deal of the day only goes until 4pm and I missed it. I would have liked to have gotten a second one for when the first is in the wash :(

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