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I got this letter today and contained very good questions. Hence this article:
I reckon my saddle may be due soon as its been about 3 weeks, so i got a couple of questions to ask whilst im thinking of 'em.
1. My horses (and I) have only ever ridden in english saddles, so I presume the chances are they may buck??? as not used to back 'cinch' (got the name of it right i hope) They will get used to it pretty quickly will they??
2. How firm are they done up?
3. What is the purpose of them? Is it just to keep the back of the saddle securely down?
It is highly beneficial to wear one! For these reasons:
When using a Saddle with a back cinch fitted, the Rider needs to listen up to this.
Always have the Back Cinch connected to the Girth with the strap provided or you will FLANK ROPE your Horse as in the Rodeos!!!!!
The good news is that they all get over it in a couple of days, the bucking is irrelevant and does them good. Especially the Breaker as it learns to handle more and that it cannot get rid of a Saddle. You also have an opportunity to 'go to school' on the bucking style of the Horse in case the day comes :)
Most Buck!!! Ignore it. It is good for their attitude and other things. Ignore their bucking and just keep them lunging. DON'T start yelling!!!!!!!. Don't try and stop them. Let Oxygen do that :)
The only people who get caught out with a Horse suddenly feeling it when riding are the typically weak people who piddle around Horses. When you lunge the Horse with the back cinch, MAKE IT CANTER both ways and get after it a bit. Don't poonce the Horse around because you may be concerned. Concerned people cause their own demise!!!!
80% Buck.....virtually none buck later. I ride 100% of ALL Horses with a back cinch. Breakers, Problem Horses, Bucking Horses, you name it. So Relaaaax :)