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[RC] Seeking childs western saddle--ideas for thought - Sharlene Roberts-Caudle

I found a new Miller Leadline saddle on e-Bay (they'd
gone out of business) very reasonably, for our 2 year
old daughter who is very very petite.  Those Peacock
"safety" stirrups?  I read that they won't release for
a rider less than 90 lbs!  I bought my 11 year old
some curved safety stirrups when I read that, and took
the rubber straps off the Peacocks and put them on the
Miller for the now 4 year old.  She only rides her
pony on a lead still.  I like the Miller because she
feels it is her very own saddle, it's very light and
she can carry it and she puts it different places to
sit on.  She even falls off of it!  

For serious riding by a child I'd try to find a
child's charro saddle.  The charro saddle is the most
balanced ride western style saddle that isn't way
expensive.  A pony sweep guy from Mexico brought 8 or
so child sized charro saddles from Mexico to use on
his sweep ponies.  I haven't been able to locate them
on the internet, but I have not asked this guy where
he got them.  My 11 year old is finally big enough to
ride in my Boz endurance saddle with safety caged

On the lesson end--try Pony Club!  It teaches kids the
emergency dismount, conditioning, horsemanship,
safety, jumping, etc. etc., check it out at
www.ponyclub.org, there is no minimum age, and kids in
it can remain until they are 25 years old!  
Sharlene (Kaweah Pony Club D.C. ("scout leader")


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