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Re: [RC] fear and trust--now Aussie saddles - Bette Lamore

Tried them out and couldn't post in them--- my horse had too much bounce to sit the trot. My friend swore by them-- but then, I guess it would depend on the horse and also if you like standing at the trot as he did. Didn't seem to calm his horse-- he was always a spooky one-- at least no more than the difference between a Western and English saddle. For some reason I've noticed that horses in general seem to be more relaxed in Western--- perhaps because of the better weight distribution. I still prefer my English ones-- upbringing is hard to change :-) and I prefer the closer contact.

Barbara McCrary wrote:

Does anyone have either proof or an opinion as to whether an Australian saddle helps keep a rider on a spooky horse better than a regular English saddle? I've never ridden nor even sat on an Australian saddle. They look interesting.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: larry Miller <mailto:jcmiller@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
    To: ridecamp <mailto:ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
    Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 2:42 PM
    Subject: [RC] fear and trust

    I don't think any horse, no matter how long one rides it or how
    much trust there is between rider and horse, will ever stop
    spooking.  The spooks may not be as bad, they might not be as
    often, but if something scares the horse moreinlikely it is going
    to spook.  Even my hubby's calm quarter horse could throw some
    great spooks.  So I suggest one keep one's eyes open, sit deep in
    the saddle and try to be prepared for that one incident that can
    happen.  We cannot control what happens on trail, along side a
    road, or whatever.  But we can try to ride defensively.  A horse
    is a horse is a horse.  Jeanie

-- Bette Lamore Whispering Oaks Arabians Home of Bunny and 16.2h TLA Halynov who lives on through his legacy Hal's Riverdance! http://www.arabiansporthorse.com

Always remember: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." (George Carlin)


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[RC] fear and trust, larry Miller
Re: [RC] fear and trust, Barbara McCrary