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    01-06-2012, 12:09 AM
  #21
Foal
The US Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship has lots of info for beginners - horses, care, riding, tack.
     
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    01-06-2012, 12:10 AM
  #22
Started
Thanks for all the information! Now I feel like I should have already known that.. But SorrelHorse, I just saw your edit. Thanks for the explanation. :)
     
    01-06-2012, 12:33 AM
  #23
Showing
This post made me grin from ear to ear. There is so much to learn, but those girls aren't pulling your leg xD they shouldn't laugh at your for being uneducated temporarily in horse tack or horses in general.

I seriously dig your humor, haha. It's great to be able to laugh, ain't it?


If you have any more questions, we're all willing to help! But go show those girls what you know now!
     
    01-06-2012, 12:43 AM
  #24
Foal
Thanks to all of you!! Your responses have overwhelmed me. I have plenty of ammunition. Now I just have to get it loaded. Pretty soon I'll know just enough to be obnoxious!
O.K. I have just one question before I go into seclusion to study. I see that sadles are listed in 14 1/2", 15 1/2", 16 1/2", etc. Just what is that a measurement of ? Are saddles measured/made to fit the horses back or my butt?
     
    01-06-2012, 12:46 AM
  #25
Trained
Both. The 14 1/2, 15 1/2 etc are seat sizes, measured from the pommel to the cantle, kinda like a shoe size. I wear a size 8 shoe and a size 14 barrel saddle :) But the saddles also have measurements for the horses back as well.
     
    01-06-2012, 12:49 AM
  #26
Started
Jim, steer clear of any "trainer" who tells you to kick to go & pull to stop!

Kicking is ugly, rude, & painful for the horse. Pulling on the mouth is ugly, causes the horse to gape his mouth, rude, & painful for the horse.

Horsemanship is about the relationship a human has with the horse, which can't really be called a relationship unless it's voluntary for both parties. It's just like ballroom dancing: you don't want to kick & pull your partner around the floor.

Hope that helps!
     
    01-06-2012, 12:57 AM
  #27
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by JiminTexas    
Thanks to all of you!! Your responses have overwhelmed me. I have plenty of ammunition. Now I just have to get it loaded. Pretty soon I'll know just enough to be obnoxious!
O.K. I have just one question before I go into seclusion to study. I see that sadles are listed in 14 1/2", 15 1/2", 16 1/2", etc. Just what is that a measurement of ? Are saddles measured/made to fit the horses back or my butt?
Those measurements are measuring the seat of the saddle, it's gotta fit you right. Also, the saddle HAS TO FIT THE HORSE. No amount of padding will make a bad saddle fit properly. You can BS it, but then you're bound to have a very unhappy horse.

Usually the rule of thumb is you sit in the saddle and you can fit 4 inches (a hand) from your back to the end of the seat (the cantle)

The seat on an english saddle is measured from the brass button to the middle of the cantle as shown here: http://www.raspberryridge.com/Englis...tomeasure1.jpg

Whereas a western saddle is measures from pommel to end of saddle (cantle) as shown here: http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/thesa...ring-seatr.JPG

Hmm.. the rule of thumb for a saddle fitting a horse is you never want the saddle to be past the horse's last rib in the ribcage.
     
    01-06-2012, 02:03 AM
  #28
Foal
Skyseternalangel
"Hmm.. the rule of thumb for a saddle fitting a horse is you never want the saddle to be past the horse's last rib in the ribcage."

Read more: Please don't laugh atme, but.........

The last rib huh? And just how do I find that "last rib", and are horses ticklish?
     
    01-06-2012, 02:48 AM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by JiminTexas    
Skyseternalangel
"Hmm.. the rule of thumb for a saddle fitting a horse is you never want the saddle to be past the horse's last rib in the ribcage."

The last rib huh? And just how do I find that "last rib", and are horses ticklish?
Haha some horses are ticklish!

Should be able to feel it, since after the ribcage is just muscle and fat layer.

This is my picture of my horse in an Aussie and myself in the shirt.
http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n...g?t=1312949200

The curve of his boot-shaped paint mark.. is around where the last rib is. Notice how the pad stops right there.. and the saddle is a little smaller (I'm a small person.)

Without a saddle...

http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n...P1350308-1.jpg

This is the opposite size. But can you see the barrel of the horse is very round.. after the last rib, the body is less round, as shown roughly by the obnoxious pink arrow. So the last rib would be somewhere in the arrow's head.

Notice I'm telling you this at 3 in the morning.. so if I don't make sense, I apologize!
     
    01-06-2012, 05:19 AM
  #30
Showing
Jim, you're a hoot!!

If you look in the "Tack and Equipment" section, there are some threads at the top that have been stickied (pinned to the top of the section). They carry lots of good information.
     

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