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Re: [RC] Reactor Panel Saddle Experience - Lynne Glazer

Jim and T,
I didn't use a breast collar either, for the first 2 years of RP use, and was very pleased about it. Then that accident happened at Tevis with Debby's horse and I started using one as "insurance", even though I'd ridden accidentally with a girth that was two fists loose on a rainy day at mountainous Caspers Park with the saddle not moving. (That was stupid, we recommend the girths be snug but not tight so that all those foams and sorbothane won't bounce around causing discomfort to the horse or a trampoline effect for the rider! I don't like using any extra gear (don't use martingales either), won't use a crupper though as many do as safety gear--it's an individual decision.

That scenario, horse loses rider, gets turned around and bolts down a trail--hitting trees/branches on the way, saddle could be turned under the belly anyway. I know Jim's horses are trained to the point that it wouldn't be an issue but mine probably aren't! :-)

p.s. Jena has intended to try an RP for real for a long time, we just haven't gotten together yet.


On Sep 3, 2004, at 7:47 AM, Truman Prevatt wrote:

This is one of the things I noticed. Where I put my RP when I start out is where my RP is when I finish. I haven't used a breast collar in a long time. Don't need it - the saddle stays put up hill and down hill. I don't worry about it slipping around - it just stays where it is suppose to go.


Jim Holland wrote:

The fifth thing I noticed was that after the saddle conformed, I no longer
needed a breast strap or crupper. I rode the OD 50 without either. I also
love the fact that I don't have to worry about a separate saddle pad, since
there isn't one...just "panel covers" that Velcro over the panels.


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[RC] Reactor Panel Saddle Experience, Jim Holland
Re: [RC] Reactor Panel Saddle Experience, Truman Prevatt