01-04-2014, 09:45 AM
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Many years ago when I was a slip of a child I had a very nasty accident when show jumping a pony. He was not the easiest of rides jumping and I was determined to get him around the course. At the last fence, a double, he tried to stop but I rode him on and he cat jumped. I knew something was wrong and I landed ahead of him with the saddle underneath me. The strapping that goes over the tree holding the girth straps had snapped. It was a nasty tumble and I was stretchered out of the arena.
The saddle was an English one, old well cared for but the strapping was a hessian type material that had worn through.
Having seen several of these Indian saddles stripped down and never having seen one that could be deemed as useable, I would hate to hear of another accident such as mine.