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  • Do grab straps work in english?
  • Grab strap for english riders

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    08-31-2011, 09:03 PM
  #41
Green Broke
You can buy a Grab Strap that attaches to the front of an English saddle.

It's quite handy for if you give kiddos pony rides in your saddle, or if you're working with a young spooky horse on gate opening (something to hang onto when you're leaning waaaaaay over to open the gate).
     
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    08-31-2011, 09:16 PM
  #42
Foal
I've always hated the horns on western saddles, LOL. That's why I ride english :) And, yes, grab straps are a great idea. I like them cause theyre more convenient to me than grabbing the mane.
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    08-31-2011, 09:59 PM
  #43
Showing
I do think (feel free to disagree ) the grab strap gives a false feeling of safety. I highly doubt strap (or horn for that matter) will help if horse is bucking violently or rearing straight up. Although I did use horn every time getting in western saddle. Lol!
     
    08-31-2011, 10:02 PM
  #44
Trained
I agree on thee weenie strap (the english strap). I think the look pretty wimpy, jmho. But, I Have used to horn-it can be helpful, but agree in a true bucking bronco or high rear, nothing will save you
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    08-31-2011, 10:05 PM
  #45
Weanling
The horn does make it alot easier to get up on the horse. So I can get in the English Saddle I use a bucket to climb on. I know they have steps and such but for right now the bucket works. LOL
     
    08-31-2011, 10:07 PM
  #46
Showing
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Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
The horn does make it alot easier to get up on the horse. So I can get in the English Saddle I use a bucket to climb on. I know they have steps and such but for right now the bucket works. LOL
I use steps every time I'm getting on my horse. Even though she's small and I'm tall. But that english saddle has a nasty habit to slide around when I try to bring my butt in saddle from the ground. I bet I'm not fast enough!
     
    08-31-2011, 10:13 PM
  #47
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I use steps every time I'm getting on my horse. Even though she's small and I'm tall. But that english saddle has a nasty habit to slide around when I try to bring my butt in saddle from the ground. I bet I'm not fast enough!
Mine slides to but for now I have Jim hold the other side while I get on. I am not sure what I will do when I am by myself I didn't have a problem with a Western Saddle slideing when I got on, is there anything I can do to keep it from sliding? It does not move once I am just when I am getting up on the horse.
     
    09-01-2011, 06:12 AM
  #48
Trained
If your saddle slides, you are experiencing one of two problems.

Problem one, your saddle does not fit correctly. The only solution to this is to have it fitted by a reputable, accredited saddle fitter. This may not be possible, depending on just how BADLY the saddle doesn't fit.

Problem two, your horse is roly-poly, with no wither to speak of, and no matter what, any saddle is GOING to slip. There are a few solutions to THIS problem. You can get non-slip saddle pads (or make them, it's cheaper), breastplates, special girths and cinches... there is a solution for everyone.

Believe it or not problem one is the most common. I had a very wide, very roly-poly horse that every saddle slipped on no matter what... until I bought a saddle that DID fit. Turned out, I wasn't as good at fitting saddles as I thought I was. Lesson learned, all my saddles are now professionally fitted.
     
    09-01-2011, 06:45 AM
  #49
Showing
Pony, my saddle DOES fit both of my horses. In fact all 3 saddles. I call professional fitter out once/year to check a fit (and even twice/year when needed). You don't want that girth to be dead tight, and with the round horse saddle will move if you weight a lot (I personally is not very light with my height) and spend lots of time getting on horse. Heck, even western saddle may move for that matter.
     
    09-01-2011, 07:35 AM
  #50
Trained
Oddly enough I find that westerns move more than english saddles. Mum's horse is western and he is kitted out with the full breastplate and back cinch. Getting on today the saddle moved, and I am 50kg so very light! Then again the back cinch is WAY too loose (we think the saddle was made for drafts) so might that have something to do with it?

Mum is a heavier rider too and she could never get on my old horse without his saddle slipping. It was his shape combined with her weight. Getting on Monty, she is fine (he actually has a wither LOL). I forgot about the weight thing, I will admit.

In your case a five-point breastplate may help, and combined with a non-slip saddle pad, you should have a saddle that doesn't move.
     

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