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        01-07-2009, 03:54 PM
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    I would not jump in a western saddle. The saddle is not made to jump and it can hurt your horses back. Beware. I would not advise it.
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        01-07-2009, 04:18 PM
    I would say no. When I was heading for the jump and into the two point my bra got stuck on the saddle horn and it like... RIPED IT OFF!!!!!! And since western saddles are heavier it hurts the horses back.
        01-07-2009, 04:27 PM
    Originally Posted by morganshow11    
    and since western saddles are heavier it hurts the horses back.
    I'm sorry to hear about the first part of your post but disagree with the last part. The weight of the saddle has nothing to do with hurting your horse's back. If that was the case there would be a weight limit on riders. A Western saddle actually distributes it's weight and that of the rider much more evenly then an English saddle does. It's just not the design of the saddle to be made for jumping. It does not place the rider in anywhere near the correct position and has too much swell/pommel/horn getting in the way as well.
        01-07-2009, 04:37 PM
    Well if it is a 4 or 5 foot jump I think that it would hurt the horses back. An old horse I used to own had back problem b\c his prieviose owner had jumped him numerouse times in a western saddle about 5 ft. And when I noticed when I touched him back it would go down pritty far so I called the vet and he said it was because he was jumped a high jump with a westeren saddle.
    And I am not trying to argue im just telling you what iv'e been told!!!
        01-07-2009, 04:57 PM
    No argument Morgan, it's the design of the saddle that hurt the horse's back, not the weight. I do find it hard to believe that someone would attempt a 5' jump once, let alone regularly, in a Western saddle. Come to think of it, there are maybe less then a handfull of members here and on most forums that are capable in their's or their horse's skills to jump 5' in an English saddle, let alone a Western.

        01-07-2009, 05:05 PM
    Originally Posted by morganshow11    
    his prieviose owner had jumped him numerouse times in a western saddle about 5 ft.
    Woah! 5ft in a western saddle! I wanna see! I can understand how that would be uncomfortable to the horses back and I find it hard to believe a horse would attempt something that high with a full blown western saddle!
        01-07-2009, 05:12 PM
    Well it was not a regular western saddle, but I do not know what it was called. It was like a english saddle mixed with a western saddle it was very wierd!!!
        01-07-2009, 05:17 PM
    Maybe an endurance saddle? This is the "western" saddle I occasionally jump in. It does the job when we come across logs on a trail or the pony decides to leap across a creek!
        01-07-2009, 05:49 PM
    Yeah, its kinda like that!!
        01-07-2009, 06:00 PM
    Absolutely not, their is a reason why jumping saddles are made like they are. They put the rider is a position where it is easy to get off the horses back and stay with the horse over the jump, western saddles are not, and should not be expected to do that. Because of the saddles shape and weight it also doesn't provide the same freedom of motion in the back and shoulder and has a different center of balance then a traditional jumping saddle. The horn also prevents you from getting into the proper position, even if you tried, which restricts the horse even more.

    I would say, in generally, you should stick to the ground whenever possible.

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