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post #51 of 58 Old 09-01-2011, 07:38 AM
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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.
I'll rather go with the step-up! It's cheaper! I have portable cheap one (from HomeDepot) in my truck too to use when I go on trail...

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post #52 of 58 Old 09-01-2011, 08:04 AM
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Just as long as it doesn't slip when you're in it... that used to happen with my old horse, before I bought my current dressage saddle (was lucky when I got Monty, it fits him just as well), so I absolutely HAD to have a non-slip saddle pad and a breastplate. Although my breastplate was only a three-point stockmans breastplate, so maybe if it was a five-point there'd have been no slipping. But in MY case, it was saddle not fitting the horse.
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post #53 of 58 Old 09-01-2011, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. The guys horses that I have been riding are very rolly polly right now which is why he needs an exercise rider for them. They have spent most of this year just eating and not exerciseing which as we all know makes us and them on the chunky side. They are his saddles and I only ride them when he is there. In a few days we will be picking up my horse and the saddle that comes with her is suspose to fit her according to the lady that owned her it was actually a condition of the sale that we must take the saddle because the owner wanted to make sure she went to a home with a saddle that fit her right.

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post #54 of 58 Old 09-01-2011, 10:31 AM
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Just as long as it doesn't slip when you're in it...
Oh, no, that's not a problem. It's just "getting there" part, which is hard on my side. LOL!
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If the horse starts acting up, I put a stop to it by disengaging the hind quarters, getting their head down, and in a tight circle. Never, do I have the need to hold onto anything to let the horse freak out, I just simply put a stop to it before anything really happens.

As far as rearing though, let the horse have it's head, lean forward and grab some mane. You never want to even have pressure on the reins on a rearing horse. Pulls them right over backwards if you do so.

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If the horse starts acting up, I put a stop to it by disengaging the hind quarters, getting their head down, and in a tight circle. Never, do I have the need to hold onto anything to let the horse freak out, I just simply put a stop to it before anything really happens.

As far as rearing though, let the horse have it's head, lean forward and grab some mane. You never want to even have pressure on the reins on a rearing horse. Pulls them right over backwards if you do so.
This is what I was worried about not the acting up but if the horse were to rear. Thank you so much for the info.

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If the horse starts acting up, I put a stop to it by disengaging the hind quarters, getting their head down, and in a tight circle. Never, do I have the need to hold onto anything to let the horse freak out, I just simply put a stop to it before anything really happens.

As far as rearing though, let the horse have it's head, lean forward and grab some mane. You never want to even have pressure on the reins on a rearing horse. Pulls them right over backwards if you do so.
This is great, but I would not agree that this is always realistic. If something scares a horse suddenly, this goes by the wayside, IMO. Your idea is great in theory, and probably will diffuse at least 75% of issues.....just not all, and that number varies, depending upon the horse.

Agree on not pulling on one rearing, but typically this is one of the more predictable behaviors. They tend to rear when they get "frozen up". Again, many times disengaging them and getting them bending and moving (in a circle, since they find it pretty tough to rear when turning)will do the trick. At least that is MY experience. However, there will ALWAYS be times the little buggers catch us by surprise, and no matter how much we plan ahead....practice our emergency stops, etc.....it all goes by the wayside, and we find ourselves pulling in them like we swore we never would.

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^^ Agree. While one can usually tell if buck or rear is coming, spooking (from my experience) happens in split second and majority of the time I can't even feel it's going to happen now.

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