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  • Best saddle to rocky mountain horse
  • Best saddles for rocky mtn horses

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    02-07-2009, 04:34 AM
Great looking fellow. Your going to have many great trail rides on this pony. Keep working on the photos we all want to see more snap shots.
Sassafras's first born was a colt named Cody that looked a lot like him. Sorrel-Flaxen.

I don't think I would call Fras a peacemaker but when Maureen and I got the mares home we separated Fras and Vida from the rest of the herd because of their calm and passive nature. The lead mare was a 16 hands tall TB we nicknamed the nutcracker. We were scared the TB or one of the QH would pick on the passive Rockies. When we did put them together it took Fras all of five minutes to put everyone in their place and take the herd over.
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    02-07-2009, 08:24 PM
Yeah, he will be called Reign. I did indeed saddle him up today. I just needed to see if my saddle fit him. Guess what, it doesn't even come close!!! SHUCKS!!! I just got this saddle !!!!!! Back to the drawing board! What do you guys ride them in? HE was always ridden in an English saddle and sometimes in an Australian saddle....

He was also quite nervous tied to the trailer. It'll get better though. Any suggestions? I was thinking about "the pole" idea that Clinton Anderson shows.
    02-08-2009, 07:59 AM
Maureen and I own three "Don West custom" saddles the only thing making them custom are some of the bell and whistles like basket weave or silver conchos. They are all built on the same "Don West" tree. Two of the saddles were bought used on E-Bay and one Maureen ordered new from Don West. We have ridden these saddles for almost four years with no problems except a dry spot issue Maureen had with Vida and fixed with a Clinton Anderson PRS pad. It was more of a quest for Maureen then a problem with the horse. But I must admit the PRS pad is a hell of a pad well worth the money.
Don West is no longer building a custom saddle, only a horned or hornless production saddle model built on the same tree. I have seen these saddles sell on E-Bay NEW between $500 and $800 so if you consider one shop wisely. There was a used custom on E-bay last week "hornless" for sale in Texas looks like a great buy.
We love the saddles and what Don West calls the "sit down equitation"
Naturally gaited, and short backed horses need an especially short-barred, close fitting saddle tree that doesn't bridge, and makes even contact with the horse’s back, effectively spreading the rider’s weight over the largest area without riding on or interfering with the horse's shoulder action. For best equitation, a rider’s weight change should be transmitted immediately and accurately to the horse, without causing pain or discomfort. Devices like spring-panels, that dull the communications between rider and horse, are neither required or desired. This Short-barred tree, and the forward hung, free swinging stirrup leathers puts the rider in the correct position for training, trail riding, and naturally gaited horse “sit-down equitation". The bulk-less rigging enhances closeness.
Don West also has a book that has helped me. "Paca Paca A Sure Cure For The Trots" a great short read, he is a great writer and poet.
I also like Steele Saddles, Imus saddles (which are made on a Steele tree) and Tucker is making a Aussie hybrid saddle with centerfire rigging I would'nt mind trying.

As for the Clinton Anderson "Patience Poll" I think that's the way to go. You can get a copy of his building plans for this pole on his web site. I plan on building a pair for our filly's this spring. Also his blocker pull back ring is the greatest thing since sliced bread. They work great and I use them on the horse trailer and trees at the farm.
The gal we bought Sassafras and Vida from said "the only formal training she gave them before their first ride was to tie them to a tree or pole, walk up, stick a finger in their ear until they didn't move, then put a saddle on them and let her little sister ride them. All I know is it must have worked we still have all our own teeth and very few scars
    02-08-2009, 10:08 AM
Thank you so much for the website idea! Going today to get the supplies!

I will also look on Ebay! I currently own a Dixieland Gaited saddle for it was custom made for my TWH mare. It doesn't fit him well.

You and Maureen are such a wealth of knowledge!!
    02-09-2009, 10:41 AM
I also can put in a plug for the Don West saddles. My dad and I have had them for about 8 years. (It was my graduation present from my Dad-what a great guy!)
We still have ours and they look the same since the day we bought them. The quality is fantastic! My dad has a Kentucky Mountain mare and I have a Rocky/kentucky mare. I did question the fit on my mare, but it also could have been because she was a bit of a different shape as she had a baby last year and I started riding her after weaning so she was "getting her figure back".
I just bought a Barefoot London dressage saddle (never rode English a day in my life, but fell in love with saddle so just had to get it!) Eagerly waiting for spring to come so I can ride and see how that feels as well-
    02-17-2009, 12:45 PM
Congrats on your new boy. Can't wait to see his picture. I have a Rocky they are great horses.

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