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post #11 of 14 Old 03-26-2010, 11:43 PM
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I know that may sound silly, but I backed both my horses bareback for the first 3 or 4 days, then I put a saddle on. Somehow I felt more safe bareback if they'd decide to buck.

I ride in both saddles - western and english, and with english on I feel the movements (and when the buck is coming) much better. However I still think western is more safe for those extra bad situations. But it's just my opinion.



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post #12 of 14 Old 03-27-2010, 12:01 AM
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They make an itty bitty piece of leather called a bucking strap that you can attach to your launching pad, I mean english saddle, to help you stay on the more fractious horses. After that, full seat breeches or synthetic saddles help you stay put far better than leather. With english, it's all about balance.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-27-2010, 01:10 AM
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i ride/train both english and western and i can sit bucks/spooks in both english and western.if your in english hold on with your legs and if the horse does but LEAN back try not to lean forward thats how you fall off, and i usually turn them in a circle just as a mental punishment and i think its easyier to sit when there going in a circle. and my western saddle is close contact so i like my western saddle ALOT and it's got an extra deep seat to help my position :) but i have a killer seat anyways :)

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-27-2010, 11:08 AM
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Exactly what Allison said. What is a big jump anyways? A rear and a buck if you think about it! English riders stay on using their legs and balance, but it's important for me to also feel what's going on under me so I can try and stop the buck before it happens. I actually very rarely have a horse buck when I first get on (like I said, tons of groundwork!). I find it more common when they learning how to canter.
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