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post #1 of 12 Old 02-20-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Does this tack fit... critique *pics

Hi, I've had a few questions about my mare's tack...
I had a bridle and the browband was WAY to tight so I got this one that is 'quarter horse' size:
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Here is the bit placement:
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Next... I've seemed to notice the saddle slipping back... PLEASE explain to me how the saddle slips backwards on a horse with downhill confirmation? Anyways, does it look too terribly far back? Should I use a breast collar?
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And for good measure, I'll throw in a pic of BJ in her western gear:
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I'd appreciate it alot if anyone could give me comments/pointers, or just mention anything that sticks out to you! Thanks!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-20-2012, 03:31 PM
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In all honesty, if that's the "slipped back" picture of your english saddle, it looks perfectly placed to me, but hey, I could be wrong. A lot of people wear breastplates just for kicks because it makes them look 'cooler' so I don't see why one would hurt if you feel the saddle is slipping back, as long as it's not counteracting and in turn pulling the saddle too far forward, but a well-adjusted breastplate won't do that. :)
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In all honesty, if that's the "slipped back" picture of your english saddle, it looks perfectly placed to me, but hey, I could be wrong. A lot of people wear breastplates just for kicks because it makes them look 'cooler' so I don't see why one would hurt if you feel the saddle is slipping back, as long as it's not counteracting and in turn pulling the saddle too far forward, but a well-adjusted breastplate won't do that. :)
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I agree, this looks like the correct position for the english saddle to me too. Maybe it's sliding back because it naturally fits better back there. A lot of people make the mistake of putting an english saddle too far forward, I even used to do it. A good rule of thumb is to put your saddle on and check where the back of your horse's shoulder is. With the help of someone, pick up a front foot and stretch it forward and find where the back of the shoulder hits. Your saddle should be behind where the shoulder hits so as to not impede the movement of the shoulders. If the backs of the shoulders are hitting any part of the saddle, it can cause shoulder soreness.
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-20-2012, 03:37 PM
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The bit looks fine to me. And so does the english saddle. If you're worried about it slipping back the breastplate isn't a bad idea (I wear one just in case, because I'm paranoid)

I'll leave the western saddle critique to an expert because I'm a touchy feely fitter....lol

EDIT: On that note I have never been to a saddle fitting clinic where they have had to move a saddle forward from its original placement....People quite often put them up to where the cinch kinda fits in that little dip between the belly and the front legs....But in reality it should be back a touch more than that.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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The saddle looks in the correct position. A breast plate is for when you're out riding steep hills and not for the flt.

Anyone needing one to stop a saddle slipping back on the flat needs to ride better banced or else get a saddle that fits.

The bridle looks fine though the nose band looks. A little high but insifnificant.
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the new browband did the trick. The nose band could be a half inch higher (two fingers width down from edge of jaw bone bump). The bit looks ok, but could be a quarter inch bigger. There isn't a lot of room once it exits her mouth. It's placed correctly (one very small wrinkle in lip). The English saddle looks correctly placed and at a glance appears to be a good fit.
Your western saddle, at a glance, appears to be too narrow in front. It looks like it is sitting too far up in front and might be kind of pressing down on her shoulders. The location of the front conch (the silver stud at the point of the treee) is a bit "pinched" looking. Hard to explain.

Very cute mare!
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The noseband imo looks to be too tight as well as the throatlatch...I've always been told if the bit is fit right there should be one wrinkle showing...the saddle looks to be in a good place on her back...you should be able to fit two fingers width between the throatlatch and her..

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The english saddles tree needs to be wider in order to fit your horse, the balance of the saddle is wrong.
The deepest point in the saddles seat should be somewhere in the middle, now it's too far back in the seat of the
Saddle, and will not help you sit in a correct way. This could be why you get the feeling that the saddle is slipping back.
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Wow, thanks everyone for the advice and comments! Also thank you for the compliment, tinyliny! This pic is before I rode her so it hadn't slipped that much. Maybe it is just slipping into 'natural placement' and not a big deal. Thanks again everyone, you calmed my worries... for now! :)
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The noseband imo looks to be too tight as well as the throatlatch...I've always been told if the bit is fit right there should be one wrinkle showing...the saddle looks to be in a good place on her back...you should be able to fit two fingers width between the throatlatch and her..
Wrong!

It's 4 fingers sideways under the throatlatch of an English riding bridle.

2 under the noseband.
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