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post #21 of 30 Old 01-08-2009, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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egh, I didn't expect to hear so many horror stories! I ride western and trail ride a lot (part of the business), and I often jump ditched and logs etc, some pretty high, with no problem. Sometimes the horn gets in the way, but nothing major, but I guess that's just what I'm used to.

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post #22 of 30 Old 01-08-2009, 08:41 AM
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I believe there is a major difference in the english definition of jumping and the western definition. Those who ride western do not get into a jump position. Western horses will jump, or hop over ditches, over logs, and leap up embankments on trails when the need arises. It's not a discipline in western for a reason.. ;) They do have a small "Jump" in trail class I believe. All that is normally needed is for the rider to stay in balance.

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post #23 of 30 Old 01-08-2009, 11:58 AM
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Appyt said it well.

We trail ride a lot and often come across trees down. If we couldn't hop over it in a western saddle we would get too far. LOL Both of our horse's have been ridden and jumped english as well.

I've jumped a few little cross rails at home in my western and I do as someone else said, I put my hand up against the horn just in case.

Quite frankly, it's not a very comfortable thing to do, or maybe I'm too old......LOL
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post #24 of 30 Old 01-08-2009, 12:58 PM
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I jump in a western saddle almost every weekend during the summer at shows.
It's actually an event- Jumping Figure 8. Try telling WSCA they shouldn't jump in western saddles ;) not that it's a big jump- or a full course.

If you think you can go around a big jump course in a western saddle then we have other things to worry about....
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post #25 of 30 Old 01-17-2009, 07:24 PM
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Ive jumped hunting spars in a western saddle, a long time ago when I was at a summer camp. At the same camp also jumped a course at about 85ish in a stock saddle.
So long as your stay in balance and dont throw yourself forwards its all good.
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post #26 of 30 Old 01-18-2009, 05:40 PM
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Not just no, but heck no.

Like others have said, 1ft-2ft (maybe) is okay, but even then it's dangerous and I would imagine it to be quite uncomfortable. Just don't do it.

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post #27 of 30 Old 01-18-2009, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by WesternPleasure27 View Post
I jump in a western saddle almost every weekend during the summer at shows.
It's actually an event- Jumping Figure 8. Try telling WSCA they shouldn't jump in western saddles ;) not that it's a big jump- or a full course.

If you think you can go around a big jump course in a western saddle then we have other things to worry about....
Your horse is taking off really really far away from the jump. My friend almost had her stomach vusted open for jumpiing in a western saddle. Never gunna try it unless nesisarry!(yes I know I can't spell LOL)
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post #28 of 30 Old 01-18-2009, 09:42 PM
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I do it all the time.

I have an english saddle, but I don't ride in it much and never to jump with... it's much safer for me to jump in a western saddle because that way I can hang on if my mare decides to throw in a buck (she bucks every now and then).

I trail ride and jump things like ditches, logs, and creeks when we find them... sometimes I go way out of my way to jump something, because I just love it and my mare's ok with it.

In the backyard, I often make jumps to jump with my mare in my western saddle. The highest we've jumped so far has been 3 feet and 3 inches even, but I can't wait until I get up the nerve to get higher! I know that my mare can jump close to 6 feet, because I've seen her do it a few times (she's jumped out of our pasture a few times and where she jumped those times was about 5 feet and 7 inches, and I've locked her in the Lot once before we tore it down and she jumped the gate and it was 6 feet even.

I love it, it's really fun!

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post #29 of 30 Old 01-23-2009, 06:55 PM
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I wouldn't do it. When I was younger a girl was jumping in a western saddle at my barn where I rode as a child and she came down on the horn and it hit her chest so hard she died.

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post #30 of 30 Old 01-23-2009, 07:54 PM
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Done, saddle kinda gets in the way, especially the horn.....be carefull! Much rather be bareback or english saddle.
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