4 thoughts on “Saddle Rigging

  1. For a newcomer like me it was great to find all these expainations !
    I borrowed two cheap western saddles that were left behind long ago, cleaned, oiled and refurbished them for my first riding experiences with my halfbreed draft horse. I believe both of them are India imports, and both sport full rigging. Now I know i definitely need a back cinch.

    1. From my experience with an India-made saddle, you are correct. Mine also needed a back cinch.

      Additionally, if your half draft is like mine, an India-made
      saddle rarely fits at the withers. Most are much too narrow. (Most non-western-bred horses are not nearly so big or so fat as American horses.) I imagine you checked, but just in case, see the chapter in Saddle Overview http://horse-pros.com/tack/saddle

  2. That is very possible. When the saddle is rigged way up front, the back is not held down. If your horse comes up in the rear at all, the saddle comes up and hits you in the back. It doesn’t take a full-fledged buck to toss you over his head.

    My experience is that some of the off-brand saddles made in India frequently have rigging problems among other things. (They also don’t seem to understand the tree configuration and width parameters – especially for American horses, which tend to be larger and wider than they were years ago.)

  3. I didn’t know whether to post this on the Back Cinch page or this one, but I appreciate this explanation very much. I bought a very cheap synthetic saddle (off-brand) and have regretted it ever since. Now I know why it is so unstable (When my horse kicked up in objection to cantering, the saddle back came up and I nearly went over her head). It’s because it is rigged too far forward. Thank you for this insight. I guess it’s either a new saddle or a back cinch for me and Jewel.

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