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post #1 of 3 Old 01-05-2012, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Properly adjusting a crupper?

I've been riding Lacey in a crupper for a while now and on Tuesday, after a unusually long ride, I realized that I really had no idea how to adjust the crupper I was using.
I've been adjusting it until it looks "right", but that "right" doesn't look so right anymore once she lifts her tail to it's normal "being worked with" level (tail bone=level with her back while moving vs hanging down when not moving). Once she lifts her tail, the crupper sags and gets super loose. However, I don't want it to be too tight...

Should it be tight with the tail up or should it be loose then?

I should have taken a picture.

It has 2 attachment straps for the saddle and then that loop that goes under/around the tail.

Lacey's totally fine with it, just as an aside. She's a little concerned about it (if I accidentally suddenly pull on it while riding her, she'll tuck her butt reeeaaaalllllyyyy fast but I don't really blame her since something weird is going on under her tail!) but she isn't overly uncomfortable with it. She lets me put it on without a fuss and she's fine at all gaits. From her reaction I figure she's had one on before, just probably not in quite a long time.

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Why are you using a crupper? Does you mare have a downhill back?
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She's downhill with mutton withers and we ride over some really steep terrain that causes her, well-fitting, saddle to slide up her neck. I got her the crupper to keep the saddle in place so I don't have to get off after every hill to re-position the saddle. :)
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