I’m a dressage rider typically, but I’ve got a horse I want to start in Working Equitation, Working Western, and Ranch (that way he can also do his breed shows, who offer western classes but no dressage classes). I’ve ridden some quarter horse ranch horse pleasure, but other than that my western riding knowledge is pretty limited. So this is an adventure.
I tried my western saddle on him today and it appears to fit in the shoulders/back, but of course bounced around when he was trotting with no one aboard (he didn’t seem to care, but that can’t be comfortable). So I’m thinking he needs some sort of back cinch.
I’ve never used a back cinch on any horse, so I haven’t the foggiest as to how they work. I’m sure I can find some info out there about buying one and fitting one, but what about introducing the horse to it? Just put it on and let them work it out? Try to introduce them like you do the front cinch to a green bean?
What do you do?