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post #11 of 37 Old 04-03-2016, 01:02 PM
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Met a guy who claimed he had one of those long, skinny metal horns (what the heck they use those for anyway?) actually penetrate into his abdomen. Horns can do some nasty damage, luckily I've only had a bit of fat pinched myself.
Cutting and trick riding is all. Regular horns can do awful injury, too.
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Met a guy who claimed he had one of those long, skinny metal horns (what the heck they use those for anyway?) actually penetrate into his abdomen. Horns can do some nasty damage, luckily I've only had a bit of fat pinched myself.
I'm pretty sure those are on barrel racing saddles. They are just about the right height for the rider to grip the horn while the horse is going around a barrel on two legs

If your friend's saddle also has a deep seat and low/rolled cantle it probably is an old barrel racing saddle. The deep seat is why they make such comfortable trail saddles and they generally fit most any horse, except those with no withers:)

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I had one to a very delicate area ... my young horse bucked or kicked or something (it was maaaaany years ago) and I popped forward and hit you know what smack dab on the horn. I ended up with a skin tear then tag you know where. Years later I had it nipped off at my OBGYN.

I have a sheepskin on my saddle too, I didn't get the big one shown above, just the one that covers the seat. Love it love it love it!

Getting a bra hung up on the horn is also common.
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post #14 of 37 Old 04-05-2016, 01:27 PM
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Getting a bra hung up on the horn is also common.

Ugh...the first time I went trail riding with my now-husband this happened. I went to get off and had one of those bras that snap in the front. Yeah...you know what happened! I was so embarrassed!

...maybe that's why he married me!
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Oh how I appreciate my English saddle while reading threads like this!!

Hope you're healing well, OP!
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I rode and had my second lesson today and did very well. No new saddle horn injuries to add and my bruise has shrunk in size to about half of what It was and is no longer painful. I go back again next Wednesday for lesson #3. I CAN'T WAIT!!
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Yeah, the horn will get you if you're not careful.
It sucks! I had it happen to me once. It was a while back, but I was riding Spec down the gravel road when he was a youngster and a sprayer came by (if you don't know what a sprayer is, it's a huge piece of farm equipment that is basically a tractor with tall wheels that elevate the tractor cab/booms/tanks like 6 feet in the air. Look it up on google.) besides feeling like a tense, loaded spring, he handled it well. There's where my rookie mistake came in: as I was petting him for being good, something moved the brush behind us for some reason he had a freakout. He lunged forward, crowhopped, and stopped all in the same motion, throwing me onto his neck/the saddle horn. Oh and Circle Y puts silver plates on their horns, and since my saddle is old and the plate was starting to come detached, it scratched me and I had the grossest, ugliest bruise/scratches.. I also cracked the visor of my helmet during that incident.. If I wasn't wearing it, I swear I'd have a crooked nose right now.

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How difficult would it be to remove the horn? I've always wanted a hornless saddle, but I can't find one that fits my horse. Would the leather of the saddle frey if you removed the horn?
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How difficult would it be to remove the horn? I've always wanted a hornless saddle, but I can't find one that fits my horse. Would the leather of the saddle frey if you removed the horn?
No. Leather will not fray. And saddle repair shop can do it. And offer options on how to cover the empty spot.
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I cant begin to tell you the number of saddle horn injuries I have had over the years!

FYI, it is spelled W-H-O-A.
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