This morning, as I was trail riding in my western saddle, with my hydration backpack on, I leaned forward and managed to hook the front strap on the horn for a second. It occurred to me that this isn't a good thing for safety. Yes, the two front straps on the pack have quick-release snaps, but that wouldn't help if you were hung up and something happened. Other than leaving the front straps unsnapped, which I did this morning after that (which then makes the pack more bouncy when trotting), does anyone else ride western with a hydration pack and have any creative ways of fastening the front straps for stability, safely? Or do you leave the straps unsnapped? Does anyone make a more rider-friendly/safe hydration pack? I really like my pack otherwise.
I've grabbed the horn before when I've been cattle sorting and also when out with the hunt club when I thought Whiskey was zigging left and he decided to zag right, so technically I guess I do need it. If I do get an additional saddle, though, for trails and such, it'll be an all-purpose model.
I really like my hydration pack, though. Except for the whole geting caught on the horn part.
The Moritz got prettied up and totally oiled and cleaned last year, and now, since I don't use it much, it's staying black, for the most part. It's definitely more black than faded green.
As a test, I bought a cheap knockoff version of the Camelbak to make sure I'd actually use the product before investing in a nicer version. So far, I like it a lot and stay hydrated much better with it.
I have a small problem with it - when I do long canter stretches, the right shoulder strap jumps around and rubs a sore in my neck that is reminisce of an out of hand teenage make out session (as my boss jokingly pointed out).
I think it's an issue of weight, as the left shoulder strap holds the hose, and the right strap has no weight. I have some ideas to test to fix this. It could be a bad fit for my back, or I could have some imbalances in how I carry my shoulders.
My main question is - is this a problem anyone has had with the "real" Camelbaks? Could the name-brand versions have better fitting shoulder straps?
Sorry to hijack the thread, but it's kinda related...