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post #1 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thoroughbred being ridden western?

Does anyone do this? What - if any - issues might there be. I hear you have a hard time finding a saddle because of the whithers? Thanks
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 10:59 AM
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All of our thoroughbreds are ridden western and english we have had no problems with saddle fit with 2 the 3rd is a bit difficult but nothing major.
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I've ridden thoroughbreds western. Fitting one with high withers is an issue, just need to find a western saddle with a higher gullet. However not all TBs have high withers. I have a QH right now that has quite high withers, more than some of the tbs I have had.
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post #4 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 12:18 PM
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I used to ride my TB western. Never had any problems. Like horseluver said, you just have to be careful to use a saddle that can accommodate higher withers (and narrower backs, usually. Depends on how your horse is built). Proper fitting tack is kind of a no brainer. :P

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i loved my first tb ex racer who was then turned into a western pleasure horse... she loved the western saddle and hitting the trails. just find a saddle that fits and your ok... if you need help with the high withers find someone who fits saddles to get you the best fit :)
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my horse that I am leasing has high withers and narrow
too , so finding a saddle is hard

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post #7 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 12:56 PM
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My 18 year old OTTB was green broke to english when I got him. He is now neck reining and a really nice trail/ putter around the farm horse. I already had a saddle that fit big horses, so that wasn't a problem for me. He has a nice big, ground covering stroll, and he now keeps a low head set, he looks very nice being ridden western.
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post #8 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'll be lookin into that then!
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My first horse an ex racer was a great trail horse and could bury his tail and do an incredible roll back. He was like riding a spring, he could coil his body in beautiful floaty collection or stretch out and relax.
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post #10 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 05:13 PM
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I rode a Thoroughbred western and I really enjoyed him

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