What I do when and if I jump in a western saddle is I grab the horn and one-hand it, specifically so that way I don't kill myself. LOL. Of course normally jumping in the western saddle is on the trail (Or on accident! )
The main down side of jumping in a western saddle is the tendency to get impaled on the horn. LOL trust me been there done that, it hurts.
I would check the fit of your English saddle, it could be the reason he's acting up.
I wasn't jumping butivetaken a horn to the gut once and right you are! The hors ei was riding....well I love him but he's not the most graceful horse ever he didn't see the slight drop off from the brodge we were on to the ground I THOUGHT he did.....
Mildot, I don't thnk you read my last post. I'm not the only one to ride him, I don't own a saddle, I borrow one. I have actually used two separate saddles on him. Other people of different levels of experience have ridden him with the same results. They all used different saddles. I'm pretty sure he DOESN'T care what the saddle looks like. I'm POSITVE he hates how it feels, which is why I'm going to experiment with the gel pad as a last restort to see if it helps. Also, the saddle I use is large and seems to fits him pretty well. He doesn't express pain really, just kind of an "I don't wanna" attitude. If it does pinch, apparently every saddle ever put on him at this barn pinches him.
It might not even be the English saddle that's causing the horse to act differently. Like the OP said other people have tried him English so I would assume that would mean different English saddles. It might be the rider or riders. 90% of horse related issues are caused by the rider.
I'm not saying the OP or anyone else is a bad rider but your legs are in a different position in an English saddle. Perhaps the horse is uncomfortable with where your legs are. Or maybe it is rider related.
Either way jump western at your own risk. I wouldn't do it, that just screams internal bleeding. Posted via Mobile Device
I'm POSITVE he hates how it feels, which is why I'm going to experiment with the gel pad as a last restort to see if it helps. Also, the saddle I use is large and seems to fits him pretty well. He doesn't express pain really, just kind of an "I don't wanna" attitude. If it does pinch, apparently every saddle ever put on him at this barn pinches him.
I'm curious, when you ride western do you use alot of leg? Posted via Mobile Device
Half the people in this barn have tried him. That's a few more than 4-5 dear.
I do! I use to help turn him almost every time I ask him to move.When I barebacked him yesterday, I kept my leg on him with the same pressure your suppose to use with an English rider. Truthfully, you can't get him to do much of anything without a onstant reminder that you're there.