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post #11 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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This is a side view on a different day. I do not have a breast collar on her in this one. And the saddle is a little far back in this one. I will try and switch out the cinches and put the stuff on her when I get a chance but this is what I have for right now. I can post how I do it on my other horse too if that would be better because I think I have side views on her.
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 04:22 PM
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It looks like you might have too small of a cinch too.

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Too small? It's too big. It touches the saddle blanket on both sides. It was good when I first got them which I think the last one was two weeks after but they started loosing weight. I got a smaller one now.
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post #14 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 04:43 PM
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The breast collar is to low it but an easy fix you can get a piece of tack called a whither strap it goes over the neck in front of the saddle and attaches to the rings on the breast collar to hold it up off the shoulder. Or you can just use a piece of leather tied on each side, anything you can find that will hold it off the shoulders and not restrict movement. I don't like those fleece pads but that is my preference, as long as the saddle pad combination does not make for a sore horse then use what you like. The end of the billet strap can be put up thorough the piece of leather on the saddle with a long slit in it, (brain fart I cannot remember what it is called).
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 05:30 PM
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Sorry, that second pic is too small to see much that can help.

Seriously though, I don't see anything about the way you're tacked up that would make me think "OMG, this girl has no idea what she's doing, she needs a trainer bad" *rolls eyes*.

There are a couple of things done differently than I would do it, but that's only because it's preference, not a safety or comfort issue.

Oh, and Gssw, what you're thinking of is a keeper LOL. Some of those older saddles don't have them. I can't tell whether this one does or not...though I suspect not.
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post #16 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 07:37 PM
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OP...from some of the things I have seen as far a tack application goes, you may consider yourself an expert!
The important thing is the tack fit the horse and not cause pain or discomfort. And that it be placed properly for function. It also helps if the saddle also fits the rider.
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post #17 of 19 Old 08-29-2013, 08:22 PM
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You need the chin strap, since you have a leverage bit, at least as far as I know. Perhaps the Yahoos on yahoo don't ride western, or don't like a halter under a bridle. WHo knows. It takes a while to learn how to tack up western if you are not used to it. However, doing your best with what you have may not mean doing it right. And you need to do it right to be safe.

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post #18 of 19 Old 08-30-2013, 09:33 AM
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Yeah, do NOT remove the chin strap completely. You are using a curb bit (leverage bit) with your horse and the chin strap is what gives you that leverage. I just would cut off the excess, or someone loop it through; just so it is not hanging, and it looks neater.

Your picture is REALLY small. Can't tell much from it, but it does seem as though your cinch is fine.

I use a wither strap on my horse, because I feel like my breastcollar sits too low on his shoulders.

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post #19 of 19 Old 08-30-2013, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Beautiful horse beau159! And thank you Dustbunny! I am looking into the wither strap. I use a snaffle for the horse above and my other gets the bar bit. I have a chain one and I can put that on the bar bit. I guess I never thought that it was needed. But I will put it back on when I get the chance.
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