Post Office Box Victor Harbor
I get thousands of letters regarding people falling off Horses and getting severely injured.
In my opinion, part of the problem here is that people ride 'suspect, young or Green Horses' in 'SELF EMPTYING SADDLES
I speak of the "English Saddle' as opposed to the Western, Stock or Half Breed Saddles that are on the Market.
Now there is nothing whatsoever wrong with English Saddles. They are completely necessary for their use but the point I make is that far too many people risk themselves by riding suspect Horses in them.
The chances of falling out of these Saddles is huge compared to the
other types that are more for the purpose of riding rough Horses.
I also see many 'Mature Aged' people (mostly Ladies) and we all know that as we get older we don't bounce any more. We break. We also do not mend as well as the young and with Females, we have the added problem of 'bone density'
So this article is about getting people to think about adding a more appropriate Saddle to their Tack Shed, for use on:
Not only are they safer but they are far more comfortable for both Horse
LOSS OF HORSE
It never ceases to amaze me how people can take a new 'Breaker' home from me and ride straight off in an English Saddle. That presents a risk that I would not take during the initial building of trust and relationship between young Horse and Owner. Let's face it, the vast majority of people who ride 'Green Horses' are not trained in riding such. They may only have one or two in a life time.
Fall off one and you risk throwing both the career of the Horse away and turning it into a buck jumper or worse and losing the $$$$$$ that you invested in the starting of the young Horse. Once again, I say protect your investment if not your life. You cannot afford to make mistakes on young Horses. You really only get one shot at most of them.
If you do ever consider what I recommend (Half Breed Australian Stock
Saddle with swinging fenders for Dressage Position) you should now read
FOR HALF BREED SADDLES go here
or here for England
"An ordinary Trainer cannot hear a Horse speak, a Good Trainer can, a Great Trainer can hear them whisper and a Top Trainer can HEAR THEM THINK"
"Wear your Heart in your Hands"