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  • Center rigging on a soimco saddle
  • How to correctly cinch center fire rigging on endurance saddle

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    02-19-2012, 03:41 PM
  #21
Foal
I did 6 miles on Wednesday with it rigged the correct way. It seemed a bit better, but I felt I couldn't get it quite tight enough.
Yesterday, I had the whole family with so I couldn't ride, but I worked on mounting. (He avoids the mount by backing up). I had a successful mount and decided to try once more. I put my leg in the stir-up and started to get on, when the whole saddle slipped off to the side! Oops!
The cinch is made of a tough synthetic material, and it's tricky to pull it tight when it's through the 2nd D ring. I don't mind cinching without the back ring looped, but I also want it to fit right. Below is a picture. Remember that he is a curly horse with super long hair. It looks tight, but I promise that it's not (as evident by the whole thing slipping off!) :) Better luck next time I hope. :)
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    02-19-2012, 04:00 PM
  #22
Trained
Was it hard to do it that way?
BTW, I try to use a mounting block because my horse is overly sensitive to a slow mount and I am not as quick as I should be. It does keep the saddle from slipping. It could also allow me to mount when it is not tight enough and set me up for a problem....................
     
    02-19-2012, 04:10 PM
  #23
Foal
It wasn't hard to do it that way, but it's just hard to get it cinched snug enough. I barely have enough left to do a Texas T. I'm still experimenting, so hopefully we'll get it right.

I prefer to use a mounting block too. I'm tall, but it's still tricky for me to get on him. I have no problems at all with shorter horses, but he is kind of tall at 15.1. Plus, it doesn't help that he moves around! My trouble with the block is that he moves his hind quarters out so that I can't reach the stir-up. Every time he does this! I either have to be super quick or have someone stand at his head while I get on. It's very annoying due to the fact that out on the trail, we like to get off and walk a bit when we are doing long rides. It's not exactly convenient for someone to "help" me mount when they have their own horse to contend with!
I've been trying a new trick of giving him a tiny bit of granola right before I get on. He's busy for that split second that I need. I'm hoping that he'll equate mounting as a good experience and eventually I can go to just praise. I'm not sure if it is a good habit to get into, but I know that treats are very effective with dog training. I used to have to give my dog a treat when he would go in his crate and after very little time, I could just say "crate" and he runs in. I guess I was hoping that this would work similarly.
     
    02-19-2012, 05:01 PM
  #24
Showing
Unless you are riding in the mtns or steep hills the breast collar isn't necessary. Your saddle is high. Because of the way your are doing it up it will pull your saddle forward because of her tummy. The cinch will find the path of least resistance. Dig your fingers in and find the edge of the shoulderblade. The front of the fars will be within 1/4" of the conchos. Make sure the bars are behind your fingers. The skirts can ride on top of the blades but not the bars. This will move the saddle back. Rock it side to side a little until it seems to lock on.
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    02-19-2012, 05:22 PM
  #25
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Unless you are riding in the mtns or steep hills the breast collar isn't necessary. Your saddle is high. Because of the way your are doing it up it will pull your saddle forward because of her tummy. The cinch will find the path of least resistance. Dig your fingers in and find the edge of the shoulderblade. The front of the fars will be within 1/4" of the conchos. Make sure the bars are behind your fingers. The skirts can ride on top of the blades but not the bars. This will move the saddle back. Rock it side to side a little until it seems to lock on.
We ride in the mountains and it gets pretty steep. The breast collar that I was using, no longer fits because I moved the saddle back in order to do the double rigging. Now, I need to find a bigger one. :(

I think I tend to put it farther forward because as soon as he begins to move, it slides back. It always slides back and never forward. Using the 2nd ring, did seem to help with the sliding. It settles into position while we are walking to the mounting area, but begins the slide back as soon as we get moving on the hills. The ride I did the other day, I started with it farther back and it seemed to stay there better.
     

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