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post #11 of 13 Old 05-05-2014, 06:55 PM
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Doing the odd tiny jump(under 2') in a western saddle is okay. However doing multiple jumps on a regular basis over 2' and you are asking for problems. A western saddle does not allow the horse to bascule over the fence which means he/she can not use their backs properly. Also western saddles distribute weight over the horses back differently as well, which again does not let them use themselves.

Then as others have said, it doesn't allow you to go with the horse the way you should and speaking from experience, a horn in the gut over a fence hurts like an SOB lol.

As for cross country not being fun, well to each is own. But to me nothing beats the rush of you and your horse galloping full out to a drop or a water obstacle
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-05-2014, 08:29 PM
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^^^...sorry. I admire eventers, but I know my 56 year old body has NO desire to swap places with this guy. In fact, I think I'll go take some Motrin just because I looked at the picture:

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Trying to do extensive amounts of jumping in a western saddle is unfair to both you and your horse. Yes, you can manage to avoid the horn if you grab it...and you can get off their back if the stirrups are short enough, but a western saddle is still not designed to be jumped in and so it will screw with your balance and, in turn, effect your horse's balance and agility/ability.

If I was going to do any jumping in a western saddle, I wouldn't go for anything more than about a foot tall. That's just tall enough to encourage them to jump but not so tall that they really need full range of motion in their back (because of what BSMS said).

You might be interested in doing something like extreme trail riding or extreme cowboy races. There is generally something to jump in there and it can be very competitive. Plus, you wouldn't need all new tack for it.

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