Originally Posted by Wheatermay
My mare is so picky with saddles! I have only put two on her that she is ok with! And one I didnt own! The first on was my friends,, and she wouldnt sell it to me, lol...The first I bought she she didnt much like! The second she bucked me off! And huffed anytime she saw it after, I put it on her again, and her eyes were showing whites and I could just tell it was hurting her. The third she liked, but I want a barrel saddle. So I bought the same brand, same measurements, brand new, but she hates it! She kept flinging her head to my feet and I knew something was hurting her, but I was with a group, so I waited... Shouldnt have waited! She tucked her butt all of a sudden her eyes showed white and she went full force gallop so fast that I didnt emergency stop correctly or too fast (I don't think I pulled her head all the way it. But she did a sharp turn and then a spin and I hit the dirt and was knocked unconscious.... I am scared of putting her in another one on her, lol.. We don't have any professional saddle fitters or local tack shops around here either....
Wish the english had a horn though.... Still would need to order everything online bc there is no market for it around here apparentl bc no one carries English....
I'm jumping a bit off subject here, but I hate for people to get unhorsed.
Obviously there's nothing worse than a saddle that doesn't fit the horse (especially from the horse's perspective
) and it's understandable that they'll react to it. From the horse perspective the Western is among the better or worse saddles, because if it fits correctly it's one of the best for weight distribution, but for the same reason if it doesn't fit properly it can have more area that's hurting.
The "English" saddles (even though the English had nothing to do with the developement or initial use of them, but did develop the Univeral Pattern which is a superior saddle) can be a bit more forgiving in general. Especially with the models that now allow for various gullet widths, but are still bad about creating sore backs if used for many continuous hours over many days.
But I digress, since I wanted to give you a solution to the issue of your horse throwing you. Don't go for a horn (it provides more illusion than real assistance in keeping you on). I've found that a well made, proper fitting stock saddle works great. It's what I use when training a new horse and to date I've never had one successfully dismount me from a stock saddle (I've been unhorsed from all other types over the years). Even from a running stop with head down and rear end coming up (so hard it's moved the saddle forward) the thighs still stop when they hit the poleys. Hard turns pull the outside side thigh into the poley. If they rear up...well, you just have to know how to stay on then
, but you can put a strap to grab across the pommel. While I'm unlikely to give up my Troopers for distance riding I'll always use a stock saddle for training. Especially if I'm working with a horse that's learned it can throw people when it wants to.