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post #31 of 58 Old 08-31-2011, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Opps I didn't see that part.

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post #32 of 58 Old 08-31-2011, 05:27 PM
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The pommel, that's what its their for, but IMHO holding in to the saddle for any reason makes things worse and if you need to you shouldn't be riding in the first place!
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post #33 of 58 Old 08-31-2011, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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The pommel, that's what its their for, but IMHO holding in to the saddle for any reason makes things worse and if you need to you shouldn't be riding in the first place!
Excuse me but you are rude. I have been riding for alot of years and have just as much right to be riding as you do. The only time I would need to hold on is if the horse acts up really bad because I have a bad back and would grab a hold of something to keep from being thrown if at all possiable.

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post #34 of 58 Old 08-31-2011, 06:25 PM
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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.
Same here. Still getting used to the western saddle, and it has been about 18 months! I keep spearing myself with it!

I grab mane too, if anything.

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post #35 of 58 Old 08-31-2011, 06:30 PM
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The pommel, that's what its their for, but IMHO holding in to the saddle for any reason makes things worse and if you need to you shouldn't be riding in the first place!
You are a bit rude. The OP has no desire to have to hold on, just wants a "plan B". As you get a bit older, perhaps you will also find that the ground gets farther away, harder, and you do not bounce as high when you hit it. After all, we ALL do at some point, and if you haven't yet-you will!
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Thank you Franknbeans. I like your user name its funny.
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Same here. Still getting used to the western saddle, and it has been about 18 months! I keep spearing myself with it!
Heh, this was funny. I used to ride Western whenever I used a saddle (rode bareback mostly). These days I ride English mostly, but occasionally throw on the Western saddle.
A couple weeks ago I decided to take my boy along for the ride to a Western show, where we rode in the speed classes (novice horse, since he's never done that before - but he was a superstar).
Technically you're supposed to wear belt, shirt tucked in, etc.
So I warmed him up, and hopped off to tighten the cinch before our first class. Wouldn't you know it, belt caught the horn and snapped in half
Fortunately, they really only care about the belt rule in the pleasure classes, not the speed classes.
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The pommel, that's what its their for, but IMHO holding in to the saddle for any reason makes things worse and if you need to you shouldn't be riding in the first place!
Actually when you ride, say, cutting horse on cow (especially having no experience in cutting), it's a very good idea to hold on horn to sit through all those sharp stops and turns. Even if you are a very good rider and can jump 4 feet.
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Heh, this was funny. I used to ride Western whenever I used a saddle (rode bareback mostly). These days I ride English mostly, but occasionally throw on the Western saddle.
A couple weeks ago I decided to take my boy along for the ride to a Western show, where we rode in the speed classes (novice horse, since he's never done that before - but he was a superstar).
Technically you're supposed to wear belt, shirt tucked in, etc.
So I warmed him up, and hopped off to tighten the cinch before our first class. Wouldn't you know it, belt caught the horn and snapped in half
Fortunately, they really only care about the belt rule in the pleasure classes, not the speed classes.
Western saddle and certain "enhancements" are NOT a good combo. lol

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You kow, I've never really thought about what I've held onto. It's varied with each horse. One horse had me holding onto his mane for dear life everytime I put my butt in the saddle. But if I really think about it, I don't really grab anything, but if it came down to it, I'd probably grab the mane and a tighter hold on the reins. Old habits die hard.

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