01-23-2011, 06:36 PM
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This can happen in an English saddle, too. On Mac, the same super spinner Appy I lease, I was out riding and something similar happened. I was actually out that day trying to work with him because twice early in the week he had spun and dumped me (once bareback). So, I thought I'd work with him. I rode him and kept him busy everytime I saw that he was getting worred. Finally, I felt that he was getting so tense that he needed to let some of the tension out of his body by moving forward. Off we trotted, and by God, he spun again. It was so abrupt and I guess I put too much weight on one side and the centrifugal force was amazing. I moved the dressage saddel off to the side and I went flying, not just rolling. That was a scary and painful fall, but I might not have come off if I had tightened the girth enough.
HOw much is enough? I just do it by feel and obvioulsly, I need to recheck at some point after riding for a bit. It's just that one has so many uneventful rides that you get to expecting nothing to happen then it does.