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Re: [RC] Saddles that move forward/backward - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

I have never owned a 
crupper. Up hill down hill the saddle stays put. 

Considering the fact that a horse's body becomes narrower as it goes forward, 
what, other 
than a shoulder blade, keeps a saddle from sliding forward on a long steep 
downhill?  I love 
a properly adjusted crupper. The horse starts down the hill, he tucks his tail, 
the crupper 
engages and when you get to the bottom of the hill and he goes level the 
crupper becomes 
loose and the saddle is exactly where it was at the top of the hill. I even use 
my crupper at 
Million Pines...borderline flat. There's one hill, and I want my saddle off 
that shoulder when I 
get to the bottom. I think it allows me to use a looser girth, which helps on 
the swelling and 
sensitivity front.  For me breastcollars are optional, pretty much a place to 
hook my running 
martingale and hang my sponge, but cruppers are mandatory.


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