01-23-2011, 10:35 PM
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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.