The day after Thanksgiving my husband and I took two boys from our church for a ride. One had never ridden before; the other one time with us.
I put Will on Captain with my daughter's old western saddle which seems narrow. Captain is very narrow shouldered and should be ridden with a crupper. I know that. But I also know the trail and was pretty sure that nothing too extreme would be encountered and it's only a short ride, etc,. Etc.
Well--------------we start out and get to a fork in the trail. It's a 3/4 mile spur. I ask the boys and Will replies, "Anything that will keep us out here longer!" My kind of rider, even if he's only 15. So off we go. Plus, Ron (husband) and I had never taken this spur so we were curious also. There's a bit of climbing and I am thinking about the return trip and Captain's narrow shoulders. Nice view at the top, by the way.
We start down and I'm keeping a close eye on Will and the saddle. Finally I suggest that he get off and walk until the trail flattens out. Okay. But that doesn't overrule gravity! A few minutes later I realize that the entire saddle is in front of the withers. Captain stops and drops his head and the WHOLE THING just slides right down his neck, over his head, and plop! On the ground right in the middle of the trail. The cinch is cinched; the breastcollar is buckled. Captain is standing with both front feet inside the loop of the attached cinch. I wanted to take a picture so bad because I didn't think that could happen. I mean, everything was still buckled up. Well, Captain just backed up and I un-cinched so I could re-saddle.
The rest of the ride was uneventful.
Note to self: ALWAYS use a crupper on this horse no matter where you ride!
PS--the boys loved the ride. It was about 2 1/2 hours long. At the top of the loop we were riding through fetlock-deep snow. And I got to put my truck in 4wd!