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Adjusting Pack String Speed You must slow down at obstacles such as when crossing streams, muddy areas, logs, sharp turns, etc. Do not let your riding horse return to normal speed until the last pack horse crosses the obstacle. Otherwise, you will have an accordion affect, with the rear pack animals negotiating the obstacle too quickly possibly causing a wreck or breaking breakaway strings.

Check Pack String En route Turn around often and check your pack string to insure there are no problems. A good time to check your pack string is when you go around corners as you can see the side of the pack saddles, pack and pad. On a hot day, when the horse is losing weight, and is sweaty, a pad can slip back when going up hill and you will not be able to readily observe it.

Adjusting Pack Rigging I like to have 1-2 fingers looseness at the breast collar and rear breeching.

  • If you adjust the breast collar too tight your pack animal will continually have too much pressure on its throat.
  • If you adjust the breeching too tight the breeching will rub the hair off and eventually cause an abrasion.
  • Adjust the pack rigging so the rigging rings are on the decker wood side boards.
  • In exceptionally steep country, I adjust my rear breeching tighter to keep the pack saddle from going too far forward.

Breeching - Galling. An improperly adjusted pack saddle will gall a horse. The breeching is the most likely area where you will gall your pack animal. If the breeching and breast collar is improperly fitted the hair will be worn off. After the hair is worn off then the pack animal's' hide will be worn down causing sores and galls.

Flank Cinch on Riding Horse. I recommend the flank cinch be no looser than one finger. A horse kicking at flies with a loose flank cinch could possibly get their hoof stuck between their stomach and cinch causing a serious problem.

Felt Pack Pad versus Fleece Pack Pad. Sometimes a rough felt pack pad will wear hair off a horse's back during long pack trips. Kodell fleece pad with a canvas top is better for the horse but is harder to keep clean. However, felt pads are best for pack animals with poor withers because the felt pad does not shift to one side as easily as kodell fleece pads.

Preventing Cinch Gall. Move the cinch forward and backward daily on your riding horse. Moving cinch daily will help prevent cinch gall on long pack trips.

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