Originally Posted by franknbeans
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.