Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Right Equipment for the Job
Ok, so I was browsing Dreamhorse today and ran across a photo that all I could do was look at it and grimace. Here it is.
This horse is SUPER cute, and looks like a willing fellow for putting up with what is going on. I shall refrain from being too critical of the rider's position, but when she lands, she is in for a nasty surprise. This is a prime example of why it's a bad idea to use the wrong tack for a given activity. This poor girl is going to end up landing and either getting a saddle horn to the sternum, or it will get caught in the band of her bra and she is going to be stuck to the saddle horn (that sucks, I can assure you, I once was doing sort of an emergency dismount and got caught like that), or a combination thereof. But hey, at least she won't inadvertently chuck him in the mouth, what with being stuck to the saddle horn by her bra.
So, moral of the story, if you are planning on jumping, I strongly suggest using a jumping saddle and not a Western one.