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post #11 of 14 Old 09-26-2012, 09:19 PM
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I would say use a breastplate also. My mom has an Icelandic, and she needs a breastplate even if we are just on flat ground, because the saddle will just slide back and she'll end up sitting on his loins, because of the side-to-side motion of his gait. I also need one for my Haffie (and I mean NEED, not "just because it looks cool", Joe4d) because she is seriously built like a barrel. Big round tummy, VERY wide back, and not well-defined withers, backbone, or anything like that. So if I just put my saddle on, I can actually feel and see the saddle sliding back weather I'm jumping or going up hills. And if I tighten the girth anymore, she won't be able to breath! The saddle fits fine, she's just like a tube of fluff. Plus, she's pregnant!
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-27-2012, 01:58 AM
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I feel like breast collars are like seat may not need them 99% of the time but if there is an accident it could save your life.

I have had saddles roll when the horse(s) spooked and the breast collar is what saved me from rolling under the horse. I won't trail ride without one, I feel naked and vulnerable.

But, I will concur you should not need a breast collar to keep your saddle in place. If the saddle is moving that badly it doesn't fit.

There is a video on You-tube somewhere with a cutting horse I believe, and the saddle rolled and the rider came off and the horse took off running with the saddle underneath him. It's a good way to trash a saddle and freak out a horse. That could have been prevented with a properly fitting breast collar.
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-27-2012, 10:31 AM
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About two months back I broke my standard pattern of three girth checks before mounting (one when the saddle is placed; a second when we get to the ring; a third just before mounting; I keep my right stirrup up until I do the third check but on that day I'd lowered it to reset the length and didn't put it back). I got up without difficulty and worked for 20 min. or so until the instructor got out there. As soon as saw me she started to laugh. When I asked her what was so funny she walked up and put her fist between the girth and horse's belly. Oops. We took out the slack and the lesson commenced. Three lessons to be learned: don't break your patterns; ride the center of your horse; send a nice note to Stubben thanking them for a well designed saddle.

Several years ago in Western Horseman there was a story written by a guy who was drafted in 1941 and ended up in a Cavalry Training Company at Ft. Riley, KS. His CO was an older captain who was very gaunt and dour and was nicknamed "The Skull."

About half way through basic they were riding back to garrison. With about 2 miles to go The Skull stopped the column and told everyone to remove their girths (they were riding McClellan saddles). He then moved the column forward at the walk then the trot then the slow gallop and then the charge. When they arrived home there were 4 men left mounted of the 100 who started. They each got a weekend pass.

There are several morals to this story but one is that good fit and good horsemanship will keep the rider where they belong.

Again, if a saddle does not fit adding pads, breast collars, tight girths, etc. will not solve the problem.

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post #14 of 14 Old 09-27-2012, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by LoveHaflingers View Post
....she's just like a tube of fluff...
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