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  • Black and white picture of an english saddle
  • Part of a english saddle

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    01-06-2012, 07:43 AM
I know you posted this under the western forum. But if you're at all curious, here are detailed explanations of typical english tack.

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    01-06-2012, 08:41 AM
Some explanation of those pics.....

The girth is the english equivalent of the cinch (the strap used to hold the saddle on the horse).

A girth has two belt buckles on each end. Those buckles fasten to the billets under the flap of the saddle. There are three billets on jumping and all purpose saddles because those saddles are meant for riding fast cross country (i.e. Not always in the arena) and it's nice to have a spare billet should one break miles away from the barn or trailer.

The stirrup straps look like belts. The way the straps, english stirrups, and attachment point on the saddle are designed makes it very easy to adjust the height of the stirrups while you are mounted. Doing the same on a western saddle while mounted is not nearly as easy.

All english bridles have a nose band. That is not true of western bridles. Most of them do not have nosebands. And some western bridle designs have ear loops instead of a separate head piece and brow band.

Not all english bits are snaffles. The Pelham and Weymouth bits are two types of english shank bits.
    01-06-2012, 09:49 AM
Let me confuse you a little more, Jim.

I ride English, and the seat sizes for English saddles are measured completely different than those for Western. We measure them from the nailhead on the pommel, diagonally across to the back of the cantle.

A 15" or 16" seat in an English saddle would be considered a youth saddle. Adult saddle sizes in English are considered 17" seats and up. I ride in a 17.5" seat. 17" to 18" are the most common sizes for adults riding English.

The girth lengths are also different sizes, depending on the type of saddle. A dressage saddle will take a shorter girth than a jumping saddle, due to the length of the billet straps.

It's nice that you're trying to learn for your granddaughters.
    01-06-2012, 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
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.

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...

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!
Pretty horse. I really like the look of paints, but what happened to the tail? It looks like it got stuck in a pencil sharpener!
    01-06-2012, 03:43 PM
It's braided. A lot of people do that to keep the tail in good shape for showing, or just because they like a long, full tail.
    01-06-2012, 03:47 PM
Originally Posted by JiminTexas    
Pretty horse. I really like the look of paints, but what happened to the tail? It looks like it got stuck in a pencil sharpener!
Thank you! I french braided it. First time ever trying a french braid and first time braiding a horse's tail. Two birds, one stone ;)

Here's his tail without the braids:

It has black, red (like his forelock and sorrel pattern) and of course.. off white :P

Girls like to french braid their horse's hair. Shows sometimes require it too. Plus it shows off the horse's attributes (nice hind end, nice neck, pretty face) :)
    01-08-2012, 08:52 PM
have desire/but no horse

I am in Mission Texas. Havent ridden since the late 60's except for the ride at padre island with my daughter about 6 years ago. I am 62,female. I don't have a place or time for a horse as I still work fulltime. I am hoping to find someone with a gentle horse that I would pay a fee like at the island to let me ride a little. Also, would of course, brush, feed and give kisses.(the horse that is)Had an old gelding when in high school but he was cantankerous. I herded my dads goats one summer in a grain field. Had to keep them from getting out of the fences that were only barbed wire for cows. I am not interested in barrels or any crazy stuff. Once I got my 'horse but' I would love a trail ride on a ranch.
Realize that letting a stranger ride your horse is like letting someone drive my race car. Gotta make sure they know what they are doing. I know a horse senses your unsureness and it makes them nervous or cantankerous. I haven't been able to go to the sheriffs Posse arena yet, but hope to next sat weather permitting.
    01-10-2012, 09:40 AM
Good on ya lady! I like to hear about other "experienced in life" people that haven't given in to the sitting around waiting to kick the bucket syndrome. I'm 65 and have lived my whole life, so far at least, with that old Chinese curse,"May you have an interesting life". I'm living with a good part of my insides missing and someone else's liver, but I'm living, and with the attitude that every day above ground is a good day. I don't own or have access to a horse either. My brother, the cattle baron, raises show cattle, and has a place that I could possibly keep a horse on, but I'd have to build a corral and some kind of shelter for the horse. The initial investment would be way WAY over my meager Social Security income. Right now I'm looking to find a riding school and learn how to ride and speak horse on their horses. Goodluck with your search and keep on keepin' on.
    01-11-2012, 12:37 PM
good for you

Thanks for your reply. Yes, I believe in going till I can't go no more.Good luck in your life and may a horse come for you.

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