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Help a clueless western rider

Discussion in 'Equestrian Events, Shows, Competitions' started by ibsammy, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. CJ

    CJ Senior Member

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    I D check craigslist near you if you dont have a shop selection or borrowable show saddle, and dont want tot use your high point marked one. Just search 'saddle' in Farm&Garden and General and see what comes up, preferably with a pic. I Do it mostly for curiosity or fun but I have bought a couple locally, and inquired on more distant ones, a couple times. Just be safe.
     
  2. GotaDunQH

    GotaDunQH Senior Member

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    ^there's nothing wrong with showing in that saddle. For one year, I used from work Trophy Saddle at AQHA shows....judges didn't care.
     
  3. LoveTrail

    LoveTrail Senior Member

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    And you are sitting on the words anyway. :D
     
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  4. ibsammy

    ibsammy Senior Member

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    Here is the saddle in question. I have a new bridle coming, this one is a smidge too big for her. I am going to try teal and black on her for now, mostly because I don't trust myself at all to keep light colors clean. It's hard enough with a mostly white horse! You can see some of the words, but our first show is in 2 weeks, and I had my first ride on her yesterday. We have a Looooooong way to go, but getting out and about will be a good experience for her, even if we come in dead last in every class.
     
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  5. Lopinslow

    Lopinslow Senior Member

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    IMPO, you will probably want to take the back cinch off for pleasure. you don't see them in the show ring anymore
     
  6. ibsammy

    ibsammy Senior Member

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    That's a good point. In hind site, this might have been the first time she's ever been ridden with a back cinch. I'll pull it off and see how the saddle goes. I'm not 100% sold on the fit, but I want to reevaluate after her chiro visit Friday.
     
  7. ibsammy

    ibsammy Senior Member

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    One more question, where is a good place to buy a cheap, entry level show halter for a stock horse type with a huge jaw, and a petite muzzle? Her face is tiny, the halter that fits her is a weaver adjustable with the muzzle adjusted as small as it goes, and on the shortest hole on the side. I can measure later and get exact numbers. The one leather halter I have is WAY too small for her (and any horse I've put it on even though it's horse sized)
     
  8. Lopinslow

    Lopinslow Senior Member

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    Any "cheap" show halter isn't going to be worth buying (IMPO... I can't stand the fake engraved aluminum). If you can't borrow one, I would just buy a new leather halter
     
  9. Cynical25

    Cynical25 Senior Member

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    A $40 plain leather halter will look better than a cheap fake silver one. If you're on Facebook, search for a used one on any of the hundreds of used show tack groups.
     
  10. GotaDunQH

    GotaDunQH Senior Member

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    Your saddle is fine....and have fun!
     
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