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post #1 of 9 Old 02-19-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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interesting incident at the show...

Took whiskey to our local show on Saturday, and showed all day from halter to English to Western... we were warming up for reining when I felt my saddle slipping, so I swung my left back and tightened my girth, but was confused because it tightened up way past normal... went around the arena one more time, saddle still felt loose and I tried to adjust it by pushing it over with my leg and me and the saddle slid right off her side

As I was on the ground looking up at her, she was looking down at me with a equally surprised expression... bless her, she didn't even step sideways... turns out my off side latigo had somehow unbuckled... saddled back up pretty embarrassed as about 20 people were in the arena at the time...

We won the reining class though, out of 16 horses... and got high point for 19 and over, so a good ending to a cold and humbling day.
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-19-2012, 11:47 PM
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Well thats....weird....

Maybe the girth (or sinch whatever you call it) Was split somehwhere?

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-19-2012, 11:54 PM
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Lucky that didn't happening during your reining pattern. That is odd how that happened though?
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LoL. That's embarrassing.

That happened to my. It was at my first show with my awesome speed pony. We were running barrels. Went around the first barrel and the leather strap that holds the girth to the saddle on the right side broke! It was brand new! I heard my mom yell "STOP!!!" while I was running inbetween the 1st and 2nd barrel but he is very hard to pull out of a pattern. We rounded the second barrel with broken tack and my saddle not being strapped on what-so-ever. I went to get off him and the saddle slipped with me. Infront of everyone! I didn't even know what broke until my saddle flopped to the ground.

Everyone was saying how great of a seat and balance that I had because my saddle never moved while I rounded the 2nd barrel. LoL. I actually got a lot of compliments. And once my saddle was fixed, we got a re-ride and I won the class. HeHeHe.

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post #5 of 9 Old 02-19-2012, 11:59 PM
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Thanks for reminder to always check my saddle fittings.
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My saddle is at least ten years old, so I thought that the leather had torn, but it wasnt split or torn ... its just one piece of leather that folds and both ends buckle into the cinch... this has never happened to me before. It was very odd.

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Yep, here's another one. At a show this past summer, I went and ran my mare. She did great. Walked her out, tied her to the trailer and went to the bathroom. I came out of the bathroom and some girl comes up to me asking if that's my truck and trailer. I said yes. She said, that my saddle was lying on the ground and my horse was standing over it. LoL. I was like, oh crap.

I thanked her profusely for going over to my strange horse and unhooking the breastcollar and putting the saddle in the back of my truck. She offered another strap for me to use too, but I politely declined. Didn't want to break that too. If It had been 5 minutes earlier, I'd be on my butt in the arena. LoL. And of course, my mare was just standing there like "I'm such a good girl, I deserve a cookie"

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I am happy you and your horse were not hurt

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Me too... i was so thankful it gave when we were standing still... could have been bad if we were in a spin or a large fast circle... God's way of keeping me humble, i guess.
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