Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
Years ago, my dad had bought a horse at auction, I'd worked with him on his issues (bolting when mounting, trying to KILL you when you picked up his back feet, etc.). I decided to take him and our old walker to our local games show. I was planning to ride this horse in my saddle, and the walker in my dad's saddle. When we got there, the horse was calmer than I had EVER seen him, and I had this nagging little feeling that I should ride the horse in my dad's saddle, which has slightly wider stirrups just in case I needed my feet to pop free..... When it was our turn to do our training run, I was only planning to walk, but he wanted to go a little faster, so we did. About half way down our lane, all hell broke loose and he went CRAZY. Reared up so high I was afraid we were going to go over, started bucking and twisting, and no matter what I did, I could not get him turned or stopped. When he reared up again and I felt like we were going to go over, I kicked my feet out and bailed off the side.... both feet came out, and I landed unhurt on the ground. I'm fairly certain that after a ride like that I'd have wound up stuck in the other saddle and it would not have ended well.....
On I side note, I got an 8.5 for my dismount from the guys, and my dad traded his horse for a truck the next day...
Go with your gut.