Western Review

Western Review - • Ports – can be low medium or high...

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Western Review Saddles— Quarter Horse “bars” – wider set tree, helps to fit stock breeds “equitation seat” – High rise to the seat to help keep rider sitting back Reining Saddles – Deeper seat, closer contact with the horse MOST western saddles are double skirted o Exception: Barrel Saddles – single skirted, MUCH lighter Bridles--- Can have single or double ear or brow bands “spilt reins” most common Romal Reins – Used in the southwest, also popular in Morgans & Arabs and common now in QH events such as trail o Reins held like an “ice cream cone” in dominant hand, free hand holds the other part of the reins 16” from other hand. Bits---- Snaffles – no curb, used on Jr. horses, ridden with 2 hands. Broken bit. Tom Thumb – Broken bit with shanks. Can be twisted or straight bars, can have copper mouth, used with a curb Low arch – no port, just a “curve” to the bit, not broken, used with a curb
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Unformatted text preview: • Ports – can be low, medium or high ports, can have rollers • Spoon Bit – port is flat on bottom side, usually curved into the tonge • Correction Bit- high port, thin mouthpiece, and may have copper wire wraps. The mouthpiece is also jointed on both sides of the port. The lower rings are ‘butterfly’ style. • Cricket – not a “roller” though looks like one, seen in the California spade bit • Spade Bit – high “port”, usually flat, triangle in shape Events ---• working horse events --- reining, cutting, working cow horse, team penning • Speed events --- barrels, poles • Western- horsemanship, western pleasure, trail etc Trends ---• dark leather vs. light leather • “buckstich” patterns (outdated… 70’s) • Hand tooled common, “chrome” (silver) – popular in many “show” events...
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2008 for the course APSC 3724 taught by Professor Rksplan during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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