> Several years ago Lawton Johnson noticed that his horse was getting some
> girth gauls from the sand on a FL ride. Sand getting thown up and getting
> in the girth area is a problem in FL as it probably is also in other parts
> of the country. At the last vet check Lawton took off the girth put the
> saddle. His pit crew held the opposite side stirrup while he mounted and
> he rode the last 13 miles without a girth. The saddle stayed in place the
> whole way.
O.K., this may be stupid but--If you're going to do this why not just
ride bareback? Is there an AERC rule against it?
I've wondered this before.
The Purple Demon --,'-@