Frequently Asked Questions

"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 apart and 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 

Leather T fitted into the gullet

Metal bar or D attached directly to the back of the saddle saddle


Double loop strap that fits around the saddle flap for a saddle with neither a D nor gullet

I have made the double loop strap in yellow so it shows up well in the photographs; yours will be made in black webbing.

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 shackles.

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?”


Yes, I have made quite a few for various customers


"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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