Sopris Chest Strap
The chest strap is used to insure that the saddle does not move rearward when your animal is going up steep inclines. A chest strap is also recommended when packing in a string to keep the saddle from being stripped off the rear of your lead animal.
Placing the Chest Strap:
1. Attach the chest strap snaps to the saddle's front cinch rings.
2. The chest strap should be centered on the animal's chest and adjusted so that it is placed between the windpipe and the shoulder joint. Tighten the chest strap snugly when in use.
3. The diagonal straps on the chest strap hold the chest strap up and in place. Connect these straps to the quick release buckles on the saddle pad.
The breeching is used to ensure that the saddle does not move forward while your animal is going down steep inclines. Our breeching also doubles as a training harness: after saddling and attaching the breeching, clip a lead rope on both of the saddle's forward cinch rings and pull your animal through the obstacle or into the trailer.
Placing the Breeching:
1. Begin by standing on the animal's left side with the breeching completely disconnected from the saddle.
2. When using the breeching with the Sopris Roughy Saddle (or the discontinued Classic or Rigged Ralide saddles), put the loop of the strap through the saddle horn arch in the direction of the animal's head, and then loop it back over the top of the horn. When using the breeching with the Lumbar, connect the breeching's snap to the top saddle ring.
3. Connect the left side first: the breeching snap attaches to the saddle's rear cinch ring and the lower buckle attaches to the buckls on the rear cinch. Once, the left side is connected, move to the right side to connect the snap and buckle on that side. Adjust to fit.
4. The perfect placement of the breeching is where the testicles used to be on a gelding. The top edge of the breeching should ride below the testicles on intact males and below the vulva of a female.
5. Tighten the breeching straps connected to the saddle's rear cinch ring and rear cinch snugly when in use.
6. Walk your animal around to get him used to the breeching. There might be a bit of dancing and possibly a kick or two at first. Repeat the process until your animal is comfortable with it. You are ready for the panniers.