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post #1 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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what is wrong with how I saddle my horse?

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I put that same picture on yahoo answers and someone said I need a trainer because I don't know what I an doing. That is how I was taught. And it's the same way my friends who have had riding lessons do it. The saddle pad is thick, but at the time it was the only one I had and the saddle was old and it helped give more padding. Plus the girth was too big so it helped that way too. And the breast collar part that connects to the girth is long but it was brand new at the time and I haven't gotten around to putting more holes in it. All that tack it put on my QH/Appy because it fits her better and I have gotten a whole other set of tack that fits her better. What is your thought?
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 02:11 PM
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I actually can't see anything due to the angle other than you are storing the excess latigo in a different way.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 02:14 PM
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That's the only thing that popped out to me too was the latigo, but from this angle, I can't tell exactly what's going on with it.

OP, can you get some better pictures from each side?
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 02:25 PM
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From the way it's shaped I thought it was a stirrup at first and wondered how short OP was. LOL
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 02:32 PM
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Nothing glaring is wrong, just little things.
  • Brow band looks twisted.
  • I would cut off the excess strap on the curb strap so its not flapping.
  • Remove excess line on the breast collar (the part that connects it to the girth). You already mentioned that though.
  • Slide the throat latch buckle up towards the browband. It will look neater.
I cannot tell anything about the placement of the saddle because of the angle of the picture.

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Your saddle should have rings about even with the lowest point of the pommel in front to attach the breast collar. it looks too low as it is attached to the latigo rings. If there are no rings a pulling collar might be a good idea as it would not interfere with shoulder movement.
Also the chin strap needs a lot less excess leather hanging down past the chin.
A side photo would help...

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post #7 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 02:47 PM
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Not all saddles have D-rings for breast collars. Especially older ones.
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Aside from the small things that have been mentioned, we'd need a side photo to give you any more feedback.

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I don't see a lot wrong with it (other than what some have mentioned) As for the breast collar I have the same problem, I hook mine the same way as yours. As long as you adjust it for your horses stride it doesn't interfere too much in my opinion. The flappy stuff well that's personal preference IMO. My training bridle has a few pieces that flap around but the horses are used to it. A new angle could provide better feedback though.
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I took the chin strap of after this pic. I will get more pic's up and I'll use the same tack. The brow strap is made that way. And I was just asking because in my opinion I did it the best I could with what I had at the time and didn't think I deserved such a rude comment.
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