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post #1 of 13 Old 09-16-2015, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Don't go downhill on a pregnant mare...

...because the saddle will slip forward onto her neck and you'll find yourself on the ground. Yup.

I think her belly has now gotten big enough to push the saddle. And this is her saddle which used to fit her. I went down that hill last week without issues.

Luckily, she is the bestest horse in the world - she just gave me a perplexed look and started grazing. Love her to bits.
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Bareback pad? Crupper?
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Bareback pad? Crupper?
Avoid hills for the duration
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They don't have to be pregnant to have that happen if they don't have any withers. LOL
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They don't have to be pregnant to have that happen if they don't have any withers. LOL
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I didn't fall, just got off and sent her on down the hill without me. There were several other riders so she followed them down and then they held her at the bottom. I slid the rest of the way down on my butt. No bonus points earned. LOL

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They don't have to be pregnant to have that happen if they don't have any withers. LOL
That is why I ride Carmen, my no whither horse, on trails with a back cinch , done up, and I've ridden down some pretty steep mountain trails like that with her.
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Small no wither ponies are notoriously quick to learn that they can pull a saddle forward and tip a young rider off - even on the flat especially if they have grass reins on!

I haven't had a saddle go over the withers since pony times but, trying out a treeless saddle on my mutton withered cob, I was riding out and ponying another horse. Both horses did a slight spook at a gate when a couple of dogs ran up and jumped at the fence, the one I was ponying roped back a bit and I turned to cuss it and suddenly found that my saddle was slipping around my horse's belly!

It stopped when my foot was on the ground. Luckily both horses just stood whilst I sorted it out.

Another one was on another cob, a very fat cob! His owner wanted to rode him sidesaddle and wasn't sure about it so I went to ride him sidesaddle first.
It was in 1976 when the UK was suffering a drought. As the owner never had an arena we decided to rode him at the top of the hill behind her home on which potatoes were being grown. The top was felt and had been cleared of spuds.
We did everything up tight. He was so gross that the balance strap disappeared in layers of fat.
As we walked up the hill so the sprinklers came on. It caught me unawares and Murphy took off sideways down the hill with his left on the lower side. I saw the ground coming towards me and wondered why. I had to let myself drop and he came over the top of me, luckily missing me.
The saddle had slipped around his belly.

Very undignified dismounts!
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That is why I ride Carmen, my no whither horse, on trails with a back cinch , done up, and I've ridden down some pretty steep mountain trails like that with her.
Haven't we already had this discussion? LOL Wasn't my horse or saddle and there was a back cinch, done up, for all the good it did. The only thing that would have kept a saddle on that mare would have been a crupper or breeching. Down hill, mutton withered and as big around as she was tall. She was a sweetheart though so she had that going for her.

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