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post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Western without the Horn

I'm sure some of you might think that this thread is critical of Western Pleasure. FAR FROM IT!! I think that ALL of us have happily ridden WP at some time in our lives, and I am now JUST a pleasure rider....unless one of my geldings proves talented.
The question is WHY, after years and years of sitting the slow jog, are ALL of these trainers and everybody else posting a WP horse's trot with a saddle that has a horn?
I had never heard of this until the past few years. DH and I even did some film-making and in one scene my character (cross-dressed, based on "As You Like It") rode "Western" (1880 period) posting the trot, something ONLY an "Easterner" would have done, hence the visual joke. Certainly NOT a Rough Rider or the "The Virginian." It was an inside joke, but today Nobody would get it. =/
OK, post the trot. I took Hunter lessons and I am comfortable posting. What I DON'T like is the idea of hitting that horn, which I do NOT use since I don't own a cow horse or cattle.
I've seen this:
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I think it makes a great saddle. I may want to buy one, judging by the word of mouth press.
Why, if the fashion is to post your WP horse's trot, have the saddles not eliminated that horn?
I'm just missing some of the history, so chime in and fill in the gaps for me.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-01-2012, 05:01 PM
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lol. I train my HUS horses in a western saddle, everybody does it. I've never seen or heard of anyone who hits the horn while posting. Take this girl for example:


She's nowhere near the horn.

I think the history is that anybody who works with an all-around horse who does WP and HUS wants to be able to work both in the same session. You wouldn't exchange saddles when you switch from a western jog to an english trot. Also, when training the younger WP horses, the horn and deep seat does come in handy in case they get excited and start to buck. I also think that training the HUS trot in a western saddle lets you have more use of your leg and spur for performing more complicated exercises. The horn never really gets in the way unless you are doing something terribly wrong. :/
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It's very common to post western, horn and all.
I think if you're hitting the horn, then your saddles too small...

Even though I do ride both HUS, and WP, I post western, mainly just to get off my horses back while he's warming up. I always let him move out in a big english trot for warm up.

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I post in whatever saddle I'm in & I've never gotten near the horn. Posting is a very small movement.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-01-2012, 06:42 PM
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When I'm working my uncle's reiners, I post to the trot. Never had a problem with hitting the horn.
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The only time I have hit the horse, period, was either jumping the horse over a log, or being bucked off.
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I've always posted in my western saddle as well. It was how I was taught when I first learned to trot. I only sit a jog. I would assume if you were close to hitting the horn the saddle is a bit too small. And some people tend to have a larger movement to their post than others...
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Depends on the size of y'alls saddle horn...



But I haven't hit the horn yet on any saddle I've used. Maybe I'm just a conservative kind of guy...
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