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post #1 of 12 Old 12-11-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Question Question on showing and tack

When you lease a school horse and you show him (what I have in mind is one of the shows my barn hosts every year), what tack is used?

My barn has specific bridles for each school horse, but there are no particular saddles. While my trainer tells me to use a certain saddle on some horses, in general there isn't one to one assigned tack (besides the bridle).

So if I enter the school horse I am leasing in a show, what tack do I use? The one I generally take? But what if someone else needs to use the saddle for the show too? Do I then lease a saddle? Have to buy my own?

What generally happens or is planned for showing school horses? I don't know if it's me over complicating things, or if this can actually arise to be a problem. I don't know, I almost feel like just leasing a boarders horse so I can use their nice tack and have no worries.

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-11-2013, 09:29 AM
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Are you currently, or do you plan to be, leasing a school horse? If so, ask your trainer/barn manager, whoever is in control of the horses.

Unless there is a conflict between the leaser and another student, then it should be fine for you to just use the normal bridle and schooling saddle as usual. If your rides are at different times, just switch the saddle. If you're riding at the same time, then it's a little more complicated. Just ask the trainer- if there is a really big issue, then buying your own saddle may be an option.
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Alright thanks! I plan to lease for hopefully 2-3 months (may/ june/july). Whether it will be a school or a boarder's horse is yet to be decided. There are many factors to be considered and I am currently favoring the idea of a school horse, but if things get complicated tack wise, I might consider more a boarder's horse.

But yes I will definitely ask my trainer. I am however curious to other people's personal experiences, because I know it can really vary from barn to barn.

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You'd use a school saddle. I wouldn't buy your own because saddles aren't a one size fits all things. What we do for schooling shows at our barn is assign a saddle to a horse for that particular day. We will change it if need be, but we try not to. I'd check in advance to make sure the saddle you want isn't bein used or is not assigned to another horse.
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You'd use a school saddle. I wouldn't buy your own because saddles aren't a one size fits all things. What we do for schooling shows at our barn is assign a saddle to a horse for that particular day. We will change it if need be, but we try not to. I'd check in advance to make sure the saddle you want isn't bein used or is not assigned to another horse.
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Yeah, since you're only going to be leasing for three months I would probably try to avoid buying your own saddle. It you were going to be leasing for longer then getting a used one with decent resale value may be worth it, but just stick with the schooling saddle.

Slidestop seems to have the right idea. I guess the key here is getting everything arranged beforehand so that everyone knows which tack to use. You don't want to be getting to the show and realize that you and Susie are supposed to be riding at the same time in the same saddle! It really shouldn't be that big of an issue unless your barn has 5 people showing and only 3 saddles, so lease whichever horse suits your needs best.
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I guess the key here is getting everything arranged beforehand so that everyone knows which tack to use. You don't want to be getting to the show and realize that you and Susie are supposed to be riding at the same time in the same saddle! It really shouldn't be that big of an issue unless your barn has 5 people showing and only 3 saddles, so lease whichever horse suits your needs best.
This will be my first show so I hope I don't go through something as stressful as running around the grounds looking for my saddle! For that reason I wish I had my own, but as you both said it makes no sense if I lease the horse for only a few months.

Thing is, my trainer has so many students I am just about worried there will be a 5 student to 3 saddle type of situation. I guess I just have to pray and see what ends up happening.

At my last barn, unlike this one where there are a couple nice saddles to choose from, there was one saddle that was really comfortable and fit most of the horses amazingly well, and then 2-3 others that we're uncomfortable and fit hooorribly.

To be fair we would alternate in the group lesson who got the good saddle, but I really disliked that experience. It was stressful because getting tack that didn't fit/was uncomfortable and made me feel more prone to falling, which didn't help my confidence as a beginner. Just to say, since then... I have a thing when it comes to tack!

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When I leased school horses and showed them, you used the school's tack.

That said, I often purchased my own for the sake of convenience. Having your own saddle is a god send, for sure.
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This will be my first show so I hope I don't go through something as stressful as running around the grounds looking for my saddle! For that reason I wish I had my own, but as you both said it makes no sense if I lease the horse for only a few months.

Thing is, my trainer has so many students I am just about worried there will be a 5 student to 3 saddle type of situation. I guess I just have to pray and see what ends up happening.

At my last barn, unlike this one where there are a couple nice saddles to choose from, there was one saddle that was really comfortable and fit most of the horses amazingly well, and then 2-3 others that we're uncomfortable and fit hooorribly.

To be fair we would alternate in the group lesson who got the good saddle, but I really disliked that experience. It was stressful because getting tack that didn't fit/was uncomfortable and made me feel more prone to falling, which didn't help my confidence as a beginner. Just to say, since then... I have a thing when it comes to tack!
I mean, if you have the money and don't mind spending it with the knowledge that after the few months you may have to find a new saddle when you're riding a new horse, then there's nothing wrong with buying one. Especially if you're to continue riding the same school horse. I just don't think you should feel obligated to. The poorly fitting saddle is my concern, though. Who do the saddles fit poorly- you, or the horses? As far as the horses are concerned, a little bit off isn't the end of the world, but if they're as horrible as you say they are then that will cause issues sooner or later! Same with the rider, but I'm less concerned about that as making sure the horses don't have a horrible fit!
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I am always on the lookout for used ones being sold in my area, but I generally only find dressage and Ap saddle, cc come up more rarely and are usually 700-1000$. Unless I find something in the 300-500 that I know I could potentially use on one or two school horses I often ride, I won't buy it.

Also the saddles at my current barn are comfortable and I don't have problems like I did with my old barn. At my old barn I could tell the horses movement was off due to discomfort too, now I don't experience that problem (thank goodness). In general the saddles fit the horses well, and when they are a bit off I used one of the many different half pads or such to correct the fit as much as I can.

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I am always on the lookout for used ones being sold in my area, but I generally only find dressage and Ap saddle, cc come up more rarely and are usually 700-1000$. Unless I find something in the 300-500 that I know I could potentially use on one or two school horses I often ride, I won't buy it.

Also the saddles at my current barn are comfortable and I don't have problems like I did with my old barn. At my old barn I could tell the horses movement was off due to discomfort too, now I don't experience that problem (thank goodness). In general the saddles fit the horses well, and when they are a bit off I used one of the many different half pads or such to correct the fit as much as I can.
Oh, you were referring to the saddles from your old barn... ok! If the current saddles fit the selection of school horses, then that's not really an issue.

If you're serious about looking for a saddle one day, you may want to open yourself to the option of looking outside your area. If I were stuck with buying local saddles, I'd have a heck of a time finding one that I wanted. You can easily find a decent cc saddle for under $500 shipped if you know where to look online. I try to buy things local when I can to avoid the hassle, though. Definitely don't go rush out and buy a saddle tomorrow, but it's not impossible to find a decent cc in good condition in the $300-500 range.
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