I don’t know how I ever missed this, but I recently discovered the Night Latch Strap for Western Saddles. It’s very similar to the English Grab Strap which is another great product that I was familiar with.
If a horse starts bucking, you have something to hold on to help keep you in the saddle. I would even take it a step further.
What I really like about the Night Latch Strap, is that when a rider is learning to ride, there is something to hold onto instead of the saddle horn.
When a rider holds on to the saddle horn they round their shoulders forward, tip forward, and lift their bottom off of the saddle. All of these things are undesirable. A rider can place two night latch straps on a western saddle if they would like to hold on with two hands for longe line training. They will then keep their position with shoulders back, bottom seated deeply in the saddle, shoulders stacked on top of hips, and still have something to hold onto.
If you don’t want to purchase one, you can learn to rig one yourself by clicking HERE. The possibilities are endless. What a great piece of equipment, thanks Ann-Margaret!