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post #11 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 05:26 PM
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My TB is strictly western, I use this pad Orthopedic Fleece Saddle Pad by Classic Equine It fills in behind the withers so the saddle fits better.
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post #12 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome!! I'll take a look at the saddle pad! Everyone around me was shocked by the idea of a TB... Doing Western!
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post #13 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 10:20 PM
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Yeah a western saddle pad would work well. I am gettin a tb this week who was mostly ridden English. I do have a problems with my fenders. She feels them and thinks I am asking to trot. It will just take some time for her to get used to them. So be prepared for a speedy ride if yours isnt used to western saddles.
Also, I ride in full quarter horse bars. It fits well.
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Lol the fenders will be fun then! I'm going to be looking at OTTB lol
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Thoroughbreds can be ridden western, but honestly they look sort of funny. They lower their head, drag their feet, and try to look stupid, but it's just not the same as a real Quarterhorse. Besides, they hate chewing tobacco and beans gives them too much gas. I've seen a couple of them try to roll peanuts, but their noses are too thin and the peanuts kept rolling off to the side. They don't make very good cutters either because with their long legs when they plant their feet they tend to flop over on their side. I think they are probably best for those Rhinestone cowboys and their cousins, the California cowboys...
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post #16 of 18 Old 05-02-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Lol, he/she'll just be a western trail horse, not ever gonna see a show ring most likely and if it does? Well, it's a local low level western pleasure
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-03-2012, 11:35 AM
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My husband rides an OTTB in a western saddle. The only odd looks he gets are from people who don't expect to find a thoroughbred on the trail....not his tack. He would actually prefer to use an aussie saddle but had real fit problems with the saddle. It was also difficult to find a western saddle that fit because he needed a REALLY high gullet. A couple years ago he came in second in a hunt-pace trail division with this horse. Whatever this horse was exposed to at the track made him almost bomb proof on the trail....once he got used to seeing cows. LOL

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post #18 of 18 Old 05-03-2012, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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LOL okay! How would a TB be at endurance ya think? That might be fun to try
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