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    01-23-2011, 08:13 PM
Green Broke
Honestly I get my girth tight enough so I can stand in one stirrup and the saddle not slip much at all. I'm also 5'1 and 105 pounds lol I did have a run in with a saddle slipping once though... I got it as tight as I possibly could. But the horse was SO FAT that it wouldn't stay in palce so here we are loping as fast as we can up the hill and the saddle slips side ways. And basically I am loping on his side lol. I one rein stop him (he is the kind of horse that has tons of energy! And is always freaking out and is go go go go go go all the time) and get off. And he stands perfectly still like a gentle man while I tighten the saddle and get back on. And as soon as my bottom hit that saddle off he bolted again! Luckily it didn't slip again. But wow what a scare! Lol
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    01-23-2011, 08:21 PM
I do the same thing a lilkitty: Step up and see how much it slips standing in one stirrup. Then I check the amount of latigo left over after saddling on a few different occasions, and use that as a guideline from then on.

Granted, that's with a western saddle. I have seen an english saddle probably twice ever and that wasn't on a horse.
    01-23-2011, 08:49 PM
Green Broke
I do the same with my the english saddle. Though it's much harder to tighten so I had to get my manly strong cousin to tighten it while I was in the saddle. And I could easily stand in one stirrup and it not slip! So that made me very happy! Lol but I know tightening an english saddle is SOOO much harder lol
    01-23-2011, 08:55 PM
I've never seen anyone put an English saddle on a horse, so I have no idea how the girth on them works.
    01-23-2011, 09:01 PM
Green Broke
You have to tighten each side like a buckle. Almost like how you would buckle a belt. And each side has 2 buckles. So it's hard to get tight enough.
    01-23-2011, 09:06 PM
Yeah, I've seen them and have always wondered if that'd be a pain to tighten just right since you only have holes to go by rather than a strap that can adjust to anything.
    01-23-2011, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
Yeah your cinch practically has to be THE perfect length. Unlike western we can have a range as long as our latigo is a decent length. Plus we can use the same cinch and the same saddle on different horses because it can adjust more easily.
    01-23-2011, 11:35 PM
That's funny, I think completely opposite! I think an english saddle is so much easier to tighten than a western! But probably because I have always been an english rider. I tack up my horse in the barn and then lead him/her out to the riding area and check it again before I mount up. Those horses are sneaky and know to hold in their breath's when you are tightening the girth so it is always a little loose when you are ready to get on. I have never had a problem with an english saddle slipping, only western.
Oh, and someone else posted after my haflinger story about a horse being traumatized by the same experience. Luckily my little pony was only upset right after it happened. I rode her a few days later, in an english saddle, and she was fine.
    01-23-2011, 11:54 PM
First time I rode english that happened. I was given an english saddle to play with and didn't know a thing about them. Well after the first jump I was hanging on by the mane because I didn't tighten the girth right. Oops
    01-24-2011, 02:11 PM
I think the only annoying thing about cinching up a western saddle is if you do a bunch really fast, you skin your knuckles. (We weren't told one day that people were coming to ride and had to have about 25 horses saddled in 15 minutes. There were I think 10 people total saddling. My knuckles were all skinned.)

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