Manufacturer: Bob's custom reining saddle (View all products by Bob's Custom Saddle)
Model: Lady Reiner (View all Lady Reiner reviews)
Category: Reining Saddles
Purchase: Acquired from female reining trainer who had it custom made for her with smooth leather seat. $4500
Likes: Beautiful leather work and comfortable for rider with narrow twist, legs placed under the rider. Fits lower onto the horse for closer contact.
Dislikes: During dressage work to elevate the forehand and gain hindquarter engagement, I discovered that the tree is actually made to keep the horse's neck and head low, as is seen and required in all stock events in the recent decades. With this construction, any attempt to engage the horse's ring of muscles causes the horse to break in two parts, hollowing the trapezius behind the wither, and dropping the trapezius connection in front of the withers. It is not appropriate design for any dressage work involving engagement, collection or advanced training gymnastics as required for progressing up the levels in reining or western dressage. The design is intended to keep the horse's head and neck low, with on -the -forehand but acceptable longitudinal balance, but not achieving any progress towards lightness of the forehand with engagement from behind. I am having to use my dressage saddle to train but use the western saddle to show.
Quality: Gorgeous quality. No complaints there
Summary: Use a dressage saddle to train daily. Familiarize the horse to the western saddle two or three days prior to the show and continue to train between classes with the dressage saddle if true elevation and engagement of the hindquarters is the goal. Otherwise the western saddle will destroy the topline and with that destruction goes the horses's athletic ability to perform.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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