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post #21 of 27 Old 12-01-2013, 07:25 AM
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My definition of a razor backed horse would be a horse with a prominent/protruding spine/no muscling.

A shark fin wither is just that; a very prominent wither.

Would I want to trail ride bareback for five hours on either, hell no!
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post #22 of 27 Old 12-01-2013, 07:37 AM
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It's honestly not that bad riding a high withered horse bareback, not as comfy as a flat no withered horse but it's still rideable :)

I wouldn't do it everyday though, that would get painful
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Razor back is not nessesarily a horse with just high withers but prominant withers with a spinal column that sets high, ridge like (ribs that come off low from it). It is often associated with slab sided horses, older horses or horses built like grey hounds. Saddles are usualy hard to fit and often built up pads are used to aid in keeping saddles from riding the "ridge" and friction. Sometimes having a narrow twist and thicker that usual flocking in a well made english saddle will fit these horses more comfortably. They are not fun to fit saddles to though either way you look at it.

Riding them bareback definatly makes the rider become more softer, up thier buttocks and thighs more effectively. I had an older walking horse mare that had a prominant spinal column "ridge" (though not realy bad) and I rode her backback often. I learned relaxation and learned not to ride with my pubic bone so much and also learned to use by buttock muscles more effectively. Severly "razore backed" horses I thwarted riding them bareback and opted for the saddle. Easier on the both of us. :)
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Originally Posted by sarahfromsc View Post
My definition of a razor backed horse would be a horse with a prominent/protruding spine/no muscling.

A shark fin wither is just that; a very prominent wither.

Would I want to trail ride bareback for five hours on either, hell no!

LOL Me either, though if you got your butt crack in just the right spot, it might hold you in place. All kidding aside, I would never ride a horse whose spine was showing. That horse would be in poor condition and should not be expected to carry anyone until it is fed and muscled up enough to do so comfortably.

High withers are not that big of a deal.
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Agreed. Mutton withered horses allow saddles to slip forwards. I'll take prominent withers any day over that.

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What Type of Saddle for a High-Withered Horse? | Animals - PawNation

I believe that they actually make saddles with padding/fittings that make the ride more comfortable with that kind of conformation.
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post #27 of 27 Old 12-05-2013, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
John, I think you are projecting your own feelings onto the other rider. your own concerns for your vulnerable bits.
That is why I dont ride any horse bareback

FYI, it is spelled W-H-O-A.
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