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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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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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Nothing glaring is wrong, just little things.

  • Brow band looks twisted.
  • I would cut off the excess strap on the curb strap so it’s 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
By the way, your horse has a lovely head!
 

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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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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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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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