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Riding With a "Bucking Strap"?

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  • #81
    Don't you wear gloves, mvp? Problem solved.


    • #82
      Originally posted by ThreeFigs View Post
      Don't you wear gloves, mvp? Problem solved.
      I do! I have for a long time. But others don't. One time in 1985 I didn't so I have PTSD re: nylon and bare hands. I wanted to spare others.
      The armchair saddler
      Politically Pro-Cat


      • #83
        Originally posted by Sandy M View Post
        Well, for me, while I can see it's possible use for stability issues, I just don't get it's efficacy if you really think a horse is going to buck/be rank. When my horse - in his younger days and occasionally still - gets stupid, I want/need BOTH hands to get him back under control. If I merely held onto the saddle/bucking strap, I'd be on the ground in no time.
        For the spank on the butt creating a buck situations like mentioned above, it's something to grab prior to the misbehavior. I don't know about others, but with my horse the first launch/kick out is always the most severe, and also the one he can create from a standstill and pretty "frame" or canter or whatever other gait he wishes. If I know I may prompt that response, grabbing it to sit through the first lurch then allows me to still be in the saddle for the subsequent correction, and allows that to happen faster. I do let go after the initial lurch for full use of my hands.

        It's NOT helpful for me in a spontaneous misbheavior situation, and in fact that was the defining factor in my purchasing a saddle with thigh blocks - if my horse goes into a spontaneous explosion (last one was from a bike whizzing by behind him when he was already wound up, something which is normally no issue) the thigh block can keep me from ending up on his withers, which is how far forward I have to be in order to reach the point where he grows enough mane to hold onto. I may have to post a photo of the thigh blocks doing their job.
        Last edited by netg; May. 7, 2013, 02:57 PM. Reason: Typos
        If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


        • #84
          Wandering in from the eventing forum so I'm not sure this will help much if most people here don't tend to use breastplates...

          I've found that grab straps attached to the Ds of the saddle (or Ds attached to stirrup bars) don't seem to be in a place that I would instinctively grab for during an oh $&(^ moment. It is too close to the saddle.

          I've also found that the shorter grab straps are harder to find during an unexpected naughty episode.

          My solution is to find a longer grab strap (Perri's makes one) and attach it to the breastplate of the saddle. It actually sticks up higher so it's easier to grab in an emergency. I have a photo of the setup below. You have to scroll down a bit ( I am changing web hosts soon so it will eliminate the need for scrolling in the near future!)



          • #85
            Originally posted by mkevent View Post
            Wandering in from the eventing forum so I'm not sure this will help much if most people here don't tend to use breastplates...

            I've found that grab straps attached to the Ds of the saddle (or Ds attached to stirrup bars) don't seem to be in a place that I would instinctively grab for during an oh $&(^ moment. It is too close to the saddle.

            I've also found that the shorter grab straps are harder to find during an unexpected naughty episode.

            My solution is to find a longer grab strap (Perri's makes one) and attach it to the breastplate of the saddle. It actually sticks up higher so it's easier to grab in an emergency. I have a photo of the setup below. You have to scroll down a bit ( I am changing web hosts soon so it will eliminate the need for scrolling in the near future!)

            Now that is the first purchasable Oh Crap Strap that I like enough that I might buy! And thanks for the blog post because it seems like a nice checklist for showing. I went to my first show with my two hands swinging (West Indian for "empty-handed") and relied on the kindness of others for the whole day. I'm learning what to take a bit at a time. I sure wish I knew about your list the first time.

            He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


            • #86
              Paula-at the next show, park next to me!

              I'm one of those OCD types that has to be prepared for every contingency. My poor trailer dressing room is so crammed when I go to shows that I can barely get changed in it!!

              The reason I have checklists is that my memory is really horrible so I can't rely on it for anything!


              • #87
                I have had a bucking strap attached to my saddle for many years. When I first started riding dressage, I had to undo a lot of bad habits, and learn to use my core and seat effectively. The bucking strap that I have, is a little taller. It is buckled to the dees of the saddle. My instructor would have me hold on to the bucking strap to keep from pulling on the reins while I was building my core strength. I would never intend to use that to keep me in place during a buck.

                I used the strap this morning during some extended canter work. I had a hold of my reins, along with the bucking strap. It gave me a bit of stability while working on a big movement outside of my comfort zone. I have long arms, and my strap is tall enough to keep my hands in the correct position. What I have found, is the strap is a great "crutch" for working on the big movements that make me feel like I am unsteady in the seat or contact.
                Unashamed Member of the Dressage Arab Clique
                CRAYOLA POSSE= Thistle


                • #88
                  I ride green young Thoroughbreds almost exclusively. Every saddle I own has a grab strap on it, and I almost always ride with a neckstrap as well. I'm not proud; the trip to the ground gets longer, and the impact greater, with each passing year. The neck strap is infinitely more useful in crisis situations, but the grab straps occasionally save my sorry butt. Plus they make nice handles for lifting/carrying the saddle when not riding, and I hang my fly whisk from them in summertime. When I take them off I always miss them and put them back on.


                  • #89
                    I too use a neck strap instead of a 'hail mary' strap on front of the saddle. Mine is just a stirrup leather when I'm schooling something a bit fresh or green but it does help.
                    Not my circus, not my monkeys!


                    • #90
                      When I was first learning to ride all of the saddles at the barn had bucking straps, though I only used it a few times, it was nice to know it was there if needed! I personally see no problem in having one on your saddle though the barns I have been at recently don't have any of these straps on the saddles.
                      Blog of an ordinary and every day horse lover!


                      • #91
                        I don't use them. I fall off instead.
                        Groom to trainer: "Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!"


                        • #92
                          Not a strap that would do anything to save me, even remotely, but when I was learning to post as a little kid my instructor put a (hot pink) leg wrap around the horse's neck to keep my hands steady. I have been thinking of putting one around my torso lately, to keep my elbows from flapping...


                          • #93
                            I use a loose-ish hunting breastplate...do you have those in the US? Being long in the arm and short in the body my hands end up well forward of the pommel. I use it mainly as a loose reference point so I don't fiddle, and to stabilise my outside hand.(Am old and creaky) My friend is the same height as me, but is long in the body and short in the arms, and finds the strap on the saddle best placed for her.


                            • #94
                              I have one on my endurance saddle and my english saddle. I refer to them as my "Oh s**t" strap.


                              • #95
                                A 'sissy' checking in. When my 17 hand horse decides to spook, bolt, or buck, I don't give a hoot if my hands have a soft, following contact. I just want to stay on the beast.
                                I love my buck strap.


                                • #96
                                  Have had a bucking strap on my jump & dressage saddle for years. They are useful for steadying oneself in the sitting trot in lessons, and gives me a place to grab when a horse unexpectedly surges ahead in transitions. When you ask for forward and you get a LOT more forward than you were expecting, you don't want to grab mouth, and you don't want to eat dirt.

                                  I call it the Jesus handle. Because generally when I grab it, I'm saying "Jesus!"

                                  (no disrespect intended)

                                  And I can think of at least two times when I used it to stay on during some naughtiness that included bucking and leaping about.

                                  You can have my bucking strap when you revoke gravity during my rides.
                                  I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                                  I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                                  • #97
                                    I always have a strap on my saddle. A bit longer than store bought ones, my dad is skilled at working leather and made mine. Its long enough that it sits in between the saddle and my breastplate wither strap. It has saved my butt numerous times!



                                    • #98
                                      I ride most horses with both a neck strap and a buck strap. I usually take the neck strap off before I go into the dressage arena, but the buck strap stays on. I use it for sitting medium trots and when I have a horse who leaps into canter departs.

                                      Neck strap is great if the horse is head high, but buck strap is way better if the horse is doing a real bronco act with head between its knees. A neck strap then just pulls you forward - and that ends up with you on the ground!. Way easier to sit deep, put your legs in front of you and lean back with the buck strap.

                                      Of course, I never need to do this because my horses are all so well started and well mannered that they wouldn't ever dream of bucking on their first or third or even their 100th ride!!


                                      • #99
                                        on the rare occasion I do ride it's with a strap mostly for stability during oh bleep moments. DD rides in one as well and it's saved her on occasion from pony's rather naughty behavior. Hers has a piece of hot pink vet wrap on it for the cue "grab pink" from the trainer. DD's learned to read pony better though and he's not nearly as naughty but she still has the strap just in case.
                                        Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                                        Originally Posted by alicen:
                                        What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                                        • I did purchase one of the Tellington balance straps for my OTTB because I just had to see if the dang thing actually worked. By cracky it does! I use it every ride, whether I need to constantly ride with it or just have it there. It does have a tendency to help re-balance him and lower his head as well as work well for a whoa. It's "gadgety" but I like it!