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    08-02-2010, 04:25 PM
Also, can I use my normal snaffle bit or should I get a western bit? Sorry 4 all the questions :P
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    08-02-2010, 04:44 PM
This also sounds very stupid but arent the spins and sliding stops very bad on the horses legs?
    08-02-2010, 04:56 PM
Theres not much difference in a square or round skirt. If your horse has a short back a round skirt will fit better that's about it. Snaffles are western bits to, most western horses are broke in a simple snaffle
    08-02-2010, 06:01 PM
Sorry I probably sound really dumb... round skirt seems best then, thanks :)
    08-02-2010, 06:47 PM
Round skirted saddles sometimes also tend to be a little lighter weight.
    08-02-2010, 08:41 PM
Green Broke
It's hard to explain without showing how to tie a western latigo strap. So check out this site... it has some good diagrams. How To Tie A Western Cinch
They way most people do it is through steps 1-6.
As for skirts, the only difference is that roud skirts are smaller & cover less of the horse, which lightens up the bulk. They also fit a wider range of horses as they're better for shortbacked horses.
The square skirts are used most for showing as well as bush riding, as they add more coverage for the horse & give more space for packing gear. Most Abetta saddles are square, but they're not as stiff as leather.
Here are some diagrams. The 2nd is a square skirt & the 3rd is a round:
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    08-02-2010, 08:47 PM
Originally Posted by SarahRicoh    
sorry I probably sound really dumb... round skirt seems best then, thanks :)
Nope not dumb just curious If your never exposed to it, how can you know anything about it? Least your asking questions
    08-02-2010, 08:55 PM
Green Broke
I don't think it's any harder on them than jumping. It takes alot of training & their legs gradually get stronger. These moves come natural to alot of horses & (so long as they've got boots on) sliding stops are nicer than a horse who stops with his front feet.
Most spins are done at a trot (the front feet are trotting while the back pivot), but really good ones do it at a lope.
    08-02-2010, 08:57 PM
PLEASE don't get a new saddle and try to break your horse in before getting used to it. Any new saddle takes time to get used to, and such a big change as english to western will take a LONG time to get used to.

You are more secure in the tack you KNOW - It has nothing to do with horn or no horn, or anything else. If you know your tack you will be more secure in it than ANY new saddle.

If you want to train for lighter cues, then do it. Lighter cues are not exclusive to western riding. All my horses, no matter what their intended discipline, learn to move off my leg, neck rein, stop on a dime, turn on a dime, and ride on a loose rein AS WELL as learning to move with contact, in an english frame.

NO training is exclusive to the tack you use.

If you want to try western -Go ahead! I'm sure you will have a ball. But don't try it for the first time on your breaker, and don't think that that type of training can only be acheived in a 'particular' saddle.

Choose a saddle that fits your horse perfectly, and is comfortable to you. That is the most iportant thing when breaking. Another thing to consider is that if your horse gets a bit unruly, it may be better to have a crappier saddle - in case it gets dragged against a fence, rolled on, etc.
    08-02-2010, 09:02 PM
Green Broke
Oh yeah, you'll want to get a western saddle pad/blanket as well. Most western saddles have a bit of padding under the skirt, but unlike english saddles, it tends to wear down with use & you'll want a good, comfy pad between the saddle & your horse. I LOVE the SMX Air ride pads, but they can get pretty pricey...
Bits are pretty much universal (although there are a few certain bits designed specifically for western & some for english, but if your horse goes in a snaffle use that).
Reins come in split or barrel (i like barrel, because they're easier to keep track of lol) but with split reins you can also tie them together if you need.

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