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post #61 of 69 Old 01-09-2011, 04:31 AM
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You will notice the cut of the saddle in the magnificent photo of the Spanish Riding school. In the displays the riders use this traditional Spanish saddle - and I suspect that it is from this design that the modern treeless saddle has been copied. The impressive Spanish display saddle is hand made in SPain to fit horse and rider. The horses are always highly bred, very carefully selected Andalusian stallions - and it is rare indeed that one is allowed to be exported from Spain.

There are very few women in the Spanish Riding School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain. It is tradition for the riders to be male.

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna uses Slovenian horses - the Lippizaner
And the riders are mainly Austrian but the displays for the tourists are very similar. The techniques are after all the same.
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post #62 of 69 Old 01-10-2011, 03:58 PM
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I always wondered why they sell funny card with women's saggy boobs but not a man's saggy ahem's. Seems women always get made fun of but not men. Must be men working at halmark
No, I'm giggling a lot too, but this one sent me into hysterics!

My DH suggested that maybe his saddle is raised in the front and is pushing his ahems somewhere they don't belong. He rides a flat western saddle in briefs and has never had a problem.
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...He rides a flat western saddle in briefs and has never had a problem.
I'm impressed! I always wear jeans, myself, and shirt and boots...
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Maybe men should be the ones riding side-saddle?? I will never be able to watch those old westerns in quite the same way. The choppy way the horses would come barreling down out of a canyon or jumping over tumbleweeds. I use to just feel sorry for the horses.
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In the old westerns I've always wondered about the horses that stand under the 2nd floor balcony and the cowboy is escaping from a ladies husband or whoever and runs down the balcony, vaults over the railing, and lands smack dab in the middle of the saddle. OUCH on the poor horse's back!

Now, what I wonder, is what kind of fool horse wouldn't figure out that by taking about 1/2 step backwards it'd be the cowboy saying OUCH! Not the horse?

Ain't no kind of suspension underwear that'd save a guy from that there saddle horn!

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Youch! I never thought of that but owww!

We didn't make our trail ride today. It snowed and even when it stopped I didn't want to risk the roads. He said he will go next time when the weather cooperates.

Luckily though the forecast says rain instead of snow for this weekend so I think I can still make it to the show and then the Monday after he said he will check his schedule and go riding.

When life gives you lemons....chuck em at whoever is giving them to you!
I don't want lemons! I want cookies!
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Griz, a stuntman friend of mine who doubled for Hoss in the Bonanza series, tells me that such jumps are performed by stuntmen who are all strapped up
Around the crutch, sometimes with a variation on a boxer's 'box'. The thighs are also protected with padding
The saddles are carefully selected and prepared
The horses chosen are stunt trained horses - a breed apart.

Then the stuntman performs the jump and gets paid a lot of money for a few seconds work.

In real life, the villain gets caught and hung.
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I wondered how they did that, Barry. Thanks for the explaination! But, just once, I'd like to see the outtake where the horse steps back! OK, maybe not, but it DOES give one an interesting mental picture of a cowboy wishing he'd been caught and hanged instead of jumping off the balcony!

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I'm impressed! I always wear jeans, myself, and shirt and boots...
Yeah, wouldn't THAT be one for the "Odd Trail Experiences" thread!
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