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Any English riders out there?
Since I started riding many, many years
ago, I had always ridden western. Everyone I knew rode western. I got started
into endurance and soon realized how uncomfortable and confining a western
saddle can be. So I got a couple of aussie saddles, but got the stock type. I
could not give up the horn, until I got jabbed in the gut and caught up in it
too many times. Then I tried an Big Horn endurance saddle, loved it, but found
it too wide for some of the finer arabs I was starting to ride. So I broke down
and finally bought an english saddle and a snaffle bit. I'm finding out I really
like the english way of riding. I like the closer contact to the horse. And
riding collected seems to work much better for endurance riding. I feel more
like a team instead of a passenger on my horse as we negotiate the rough
The problem with english is my total lack of
knowledge. The English saddle that I have is a all purpose saddle, not a name
brand, not a very expensive saddle, but seems to fit my horse pretty good.
I am looking at an EquiFleece saddle pad by Roma in the Millers
catalog. The problem with my english pad is that is will not stay
underneath my saddle. This pad has pockets that the saddle slides into so it
will not slip around. I though that was a neat idea, But the pad is fleece. What
is the difference between fleece and wool? They also have one with a fleece top
and a cotton lining. Would these pads work in endurance riding? Also what do you
do with the buckle on the stirrups to keep in from bothering you or the
horse? What are the best snaffles for a light mouthed responsive horse who
needs more control when he is frightened or excited. What size works best
for Arabs? Do they normally have smaller mouths? I don't want to be bumping the
roof of the mouth all the time. How effective is the full cheek snaffle? Is it a
must for the kind of riding we do, in order to keep the bit in the mouth? I know
that this is probably some very basic questions, but I really do not know
anything. Also what kind of cinch should I be looking at. The cinch that
came with the saddle seems to stretch out when I ride. It is a rope cotton
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