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  • Pinching the vegus nerve when girthing
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    05-16-2011, 08:27 AM
Green Broke
OMG y'all gave me a laugh this morning and I needed that!!! I did a double take on that Big and Butt too!!

A good comfortable saddle is worth their weight in gold!

Phantom, what type of saddle are you riding in?
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    05-16-2011, 11:05 AM
QOS, it is our aim and pleasure to serve your need for humor in the morning!

I don't think Phantom needs a saddle, does she? She doesn't sit down. I think she just needs stirrups bolted to the sides of her horse.
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    05-17-2011, 06:15 PM
Green Broke
LOL I don't think bolts are going to make her horse a happy camper!!!
    05-17-2011, 07:25 PM
Originally Posted by QOS    
LOL I don't think bolts are going to make her horse a happy camper!!!
You DO have a point, QOS!

Continuing to get my saddle fitted to me and getting used to riding in it. Sure is different from my treeless! I feel a whole lot better in this one even if it isn't as comfy on my backsides.

Big did 120 degree shy today and I didn't even feel off balance. I would have been struggling with the Black Forest to stay on. There is something to be said for a solid sitting barrel saddle!

And, even with some ups and downs on fairly steep hills, it didn't move today. I had it further forward than last time and probably a bit tighter--mayube too tight. I gotta work with someone on how tight is tight enough. Always something!
    05-17-2011, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
Glad the saddle is working for you. A good seat is a wonderful feeling.

Tight is tight enough when the saddle is not shifting. I have a problem with wanting to girth up too tight myself. LOL Poor old Biscuit parked out when I saddled him Sunday. LOL He is a QH - not a gaited horse so I loosened that girth! Poor guy!!
    05-17-2011, 10:15 PM
I find the leverage multiplier created by double wrapping the cinch strap makes it really easy to girth way too tight. I had the same problem when putting the pack saddle on the little Arabian--but he was smart enough to tell me about it and make me loosen it a bit! Mr. Big hasn't figured that out--at least, he hasn't figured out how to tell me in a language I can understand!
    05-17-2011, 10:37 PM
Green Broke
LOL if you ever pinch his vagus nerve he will let you know LOUD and CLEAR when he drops to the ground like a sack of feed. I tightened Red's girth the first week I got him and I didn't tighten it too tight and OMG he collapsed on ground in a heap. He leaped up so fast and just stood there looking embarrassed. I nearly had a stroke. Since then I have been extremely careful cinching up my horse!
    05-24-2014, 11:24 AM
Black Forest Treeless Saddles

I know this is a very old thread - a little over 2 years, in fact - but just wanted to add my experience with Black Forest saddles. I have a 5+ year-old Black Forest Shasta Echo (English rigged) that I have ridden up, over, around and through very rugged terrain and it is still going strong with minimal signs of wear.

In response to the person (SailorGriz) whose horn tore off when his horse bolted during mounting, the Black Forest website very plainly states that the horn is a decorative item and should only be considered as such:

"Can I use the horn of the Town & Country for roping or ponying?"

"The horn on our western saddle is connected to the fiberglass pommel; however it is not affixed to the saddle itself. Please only use the horn for decorative purposes or for tying small, lightweight objects such as a camera or water bottle. All of our saddles offer 7 d-rings for carrying or tying smaller objects."

I presume you've solved your saddle issue by now, but hope you and others will not shy away from a fantastic saddle because it didn't perform above it's stated expectations.
    05-24-2014, 12:06 PM
^^ Given it is a 2 year old thread, maybe the website has been updated to reflect what happened? Frankly, if a saddle horn is weak enough to break off from my hand's pressure, then it shouldn't be there at all.
    05-24-2014, 01:23 PM
As I understood the thread, it was not the horn but the pommel which would should be even more secured then the horn as it sits on a larger area. My whole thing is that whatever is near a horse needs to be "horse proof" for the safety of the horse and rider. The fact that in the thread it was stated the saddlery specifically refuses to fix pommel repairs in their contract throws up another red flag for me as they obviously see common problems with this saddle and cover their butts with contracts instead of fixing it. If the POMMEL of this saddle can be nearly completely ripped off by hand then the saddles are frankly useless and would never have one in my tack room, 5 years 'strong' or not.

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