Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
I definitely think righting more before leaving for the arena is a good idea. Avoiding girthyness is tough, what if you put the pads and saddle on and cinched up loosely then waited a minute, maybe give the horse some smooches, your boots and spurs are situated, take that last drink of water (all general stuff but you catch my drift) then cinch tight enough to make it to the arena where you do your final tight cinch up? Manu of the horses I work with can be touchy when it comes to saddling and taking the tightening process seems to help.
Also, your saddle does not need a flank strap, especially if your just doing reining. They're needed more in high action events like cutting, sorting, roping because the saddle needs the extra support etc. If your saddle flaps without one (sounds like it doesn't, which is good) then you might want to reevaluate the fit.
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