What do you hold
onto when/if your horse starts to act up? I am use to a Western Saddle and if a horse started to act up I would grap hold of the horn but I don't have that option on an English Saddle. LOL I hope I never need to know this info but just in case I would like to be prepared. :wink:
I ride western too, so I'm used grabbing the horn as well, but my mum's horse rears, so I cling to whatever with her!
I think it's funny that if my horse is feeling "fresh" I will always grab my western saddle vs my english BUT if he actually starts acting up I don't grab the saddle at all. I usually just grab the reins with two hands and keep my right hand lower to keep him collecting and slowing while keeping my left hand about 5 inches higher to prevent him from dropping his head in an attempt to buck. It's just what works for me.
You're right, there isn't anything on an english saddle to hold onto.
You can attach a grabstrap to your saddle, or hold on to a breastplate/ martingale if your horse wears one. Or you could always grab a chunk of mane.
But I usually just try to deal with any problems on the flat rather than just trying to "hold on". Sometimes I lose my balance over a jump, in that case, I grab mane, so I don't fall onto the horses back or knock its mouth.
I usually grab for a hunk of mane. :)
Ok thanks everyone. Shes suspose to be a really good well trained trail horse so hopefully there will be no problems. : ) Also what do you guys use for saddle bags if you are going on a long trail ride and want to take a lunch or something with you.
when i have to cowgirl the reins and give him a swat he bucks like all heck!! (He hates being tapped with reins or crops)
So when i have to give him a little smack, i will slip my hand under the front of my half pad and hang on. so far he's never gotten me loose out of the saddle. hahaha!!
trail riding in an Eng. saddle presents some problems. You can get pads that have a pocket in them . If the saddle is an All Purpose, it will have some D rings on the back to which you can tie things. I have just worn a small backpack for lunch. Very light that won't unbalance me. or fanny pack worn in front.
I don't grab the saddle at all if the hrose acts up. I just dont'; have time to think about that. But, you can buy a "bucking strap" and put one on if you like
I dont' grab the horn western either. I just fall off. I never think to grab it in time, it happens so quickly.
Hmm. That's a good question. I've always kinda wondered that!
I know when I was younger, I would get heck for going to the horn :P So I rely on the swells of the saddle to keep me in...
If I rode English I would hit the ground quite a bit.
I have only ridden western I think twice in my life, and to me the horn is just a big lump that's in my way - or tries to either remove my bra or bruise my stomach when I get off the horse.
So I suppose it's what you are used to, but I don't grab anything nor do I want to. However you could grab the pommel of the saddle or a chunk of mane.
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