"What happens when the Rump gets caught on a branch?"
The Rump is held on by three straps with a loop attaching to the saddle and a piece of Velcro™ attached to 3 D's on the Rump.
I have designed the Rump so that, all things being equal, it will break free and be left hanging on whatever it caught on.
I can honestly say I have tested it sometimes on purpose (just to make sure it works) and when I have mis-judged turn on the forehand through a gate. On every occasion, the Velcro™ pulls apartand left the Rump hanging on whatever it caught on.
I also ride through woods but have not found branches to be a problem. I had the idea for the Rump 2005 have used it all through the proto-type process sorting out what worked and what did not. The Rump has been test ridden by various friends, and to-date the worst that has happened is my prototype Rump ripped apart but to be fair it was made on a dressmaker’s sewing machine and I had altered and re-sewn it several times.
However, horses are unpredictable creatures and nothing can be guaranteed; I have not yet found a rug that cannot be ripped to shreds.
"How does the Rump attach to the saddle?"
There are three ways to attach the Rump to your saddle
I saw the double loop strap being used by the Horse Boarding
Group at the Three Counties Showground; it was made of rope and metal
The design has been refined as a Rump doesn’t put pressure on the saddle.
This style of attachment can be used with Mono Flap, gullet-less and treeless saddles (without a cantle ring).
I’m sure it will work with a Western saddle too but I still haven’t tried it yet.
Western Saddles – if you have 2 little rings either side of the cantle I can make a Y shaped strap to fit and then Rump can be attached at the back of the saddle.
“Can a Rump be used with a harness, a roller or surcingle?”
I have not tried this myself but see no reason why not, however you would need a longer centre strap.
"Can I use a Rump over a fly sheet?"
Yes you can.
“Does the Rump blown about in the wind?”
No, in all the years I have ridden in a Rump I have never found this to be a problem.
Just a footnote from me for those of you that buy a Rump and add extra Hi-viz yourself, please be careful what you use.
Look at the picture and what do you see first? I see the yellow stripe on the riders T-shirt.
The reason? The proto-type rump is covered in 25mm light reflective tape (the grey tape), for use at night and I found it camouflaged the horse during the day and did not give the desired effect.
Reflexite® tape is flourescent by day and reflective by night.
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