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My Channels. Sign Up Already signed up? Jump 'N the Saddle Band. Channels featuring Jump 'N the Saddle Band. Blend Share. Please rate song:. Ban artist Ban song. Channel settings Rename channel. Memphis Curtis. Deep in the Heart of Texas. Geraint Watkins. Dime-A-Dance Romance. Anne Schwartz. Nick Lowe. Can't Let Go. Let Me Go Home, Whiskey. I have always wanted a supple, thin, sensitive connection between my leg, my saddle and my horse, so I am very aware of the feel that all my saddles give me in my calf area especially my show-jumping and cross-country saddles.
As the length of the stirrup shortens, the length of the saddle flap also should shorten, or your saddle will interfere with your lower leg connection. The flap should extend only about 9 inches below the point where the inside of your knee connects with the flap.
Now a word on knee rolls: Although many saddle designs are advertised to give additional "security" because they are padded in various places, more knee roll or other padding does not necessarily mean more stability. The only things I want between my knee and my horse's shoulder are two supple pieces of leather and a soft fleece pad.
In fact, if there is a lot of knee roll directly under your knee, it will make your knee turn out, cause your lower leg to pivot backward and interfere with your feel of your horse. This is a 2-pound flat racing saddle. It is really just a steel arch with stirrup bars to attach your leathers. It is not designed for the rider to sit down on as jockeys ride the entire race in what we call a two-point.
The next time you watch jockeys ride around the saddling enclosure before they are led down to the post, take a look at their thighs as they sit on these. Make sure the knee roll stops at the point of your knee. If the knee roll continues down and around toward your shin, it will cause your lower leg to slip back. Especially when you land over a jump, you want your knee and thigh to fit under a small ledge formed by the knee roll, not to have a large knee roll pressing back on the point of your knee as you land.
As for "rear thigh blocks" located behind the rider's leg, I see them on saddles all the time and I dislike them. They're especially bad for cross-country because they interfere when you jump up big banks your lower leg can't remain vertical to the ground because the block interferes.
Finally, a word on saddle size: The seat-size measurement given for a saddle for example, 17 inches does not mean much when it comes to trying one out. The width of the tree is a much more important measurement because it tells you how the saddle will fit your horse.Jump 'N the Saddle Band had one of the biggest novelty hits of the '80s with "The Curly Shuffle," which was a novelty not just because it was a salute to perhaps the most idiotic of the Three Stooges-- and, appropriately, had the band's lead vocalist Peter Quinn mimicking most of Curly's catch phrases -- but because the group's Western Swing revival was as out of step with the MTV-saturated.