Sopris Goats
Sopris Pack Tack Information & Instructions

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Sopris Cinches
Sopris Chest Strap
Sopris Breeching

1. Brush your goat to clear the wool of sticks and burrs that could irritate or sore the back or belly (our poly brush works great for this).

2. Your cinches are attached to the right side of the saddle to accommodate saddling from the goat’s left side. Before putting the saddle on, estimate the size of your goat's girth and adjust the cinches accordingly so that they will be centered when tightened (the same amount of cinch should be on each side of the goat). This is easier once you become familiar with the rigging and your goat’s size.

3. Before putting the saddle on your goat, pull the cinches up and lay them across the saddle. Then, set the saddle on your goat’s back, making sure it is not on backward. Adjust the saddle so that the FRONT (short cinch with Sopris logo tag) CINCH WILL COME ACROSS THE STERNUM (the callused area) with the front edge of the cinch approximately 1 to 1 1/2" behind the goat's elbow.

4. SLOWLY lower the cinches so that they hang down on the opposite side of the goat from you. Holding onto the saddle with your left hand, reach under the goat and take the cinch buckle with your right hand and connect it to saddle. Hold the saddle in place as you tighten the cinch. Push the hair away from the buckle as you tighten so it doesn’t get caught in it. After your goat has gotten used to the saddling process, the cinches must be tightened to the recommended tension: The front cinch MUST BE TIGHT. It should be difficult to get your fingers between the cinch and the goat after you have tightened the front cinch. After the front cinch is in place connect the rear cinch. THE ACCEPTED PLACEMENT OF THE REAR CINCH is as far back as possible bringing it directly in front of the penile sheath or udder. Adjust the CINCH CONNECTING STRAP so that the rear cinch does not ride back into the penis or udder. The rear cinch should just fit snuggly against the belly. Pull and push your saddle from side to side and from front to rear. It will be difficult to move the saddle in any direction (except for the movement of the animal's skin with the saddle) if you have cinched correctly. Check your cinches from time to time on the trail and tighten them if necessary.

5. Two SIDE RELEASE BUCKLES pointing rearward on the front cinch and two pointing forward on the rear cinch are connections for the PANNIER STABILIZING STRAPS (1 "x 20" web straps) which connect to the buckle toward the bottom center of each pannier. To disconnect side release buckle, squeeze at the sides.

6. Walk your goat around to get him used to the cinches and saddle.

7. Repeat the process until he is comfortable. You are ready for the chest strap and breeching.

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The chest strap is used to insure that the saddle does not move rearward when your goat is going up steep inclines. A chest strap is also recommended when packing goats in a string to keep the saddle from being stripped off the rear of your lead goat.

Placing the Chest Strap:
1. Insert the chest strap buckles to the front saddle buckles.

2. The chest strap should be centered on the goat's chest and adjusted so that it is placed between the windpipe and the shoulder joint. Tighten the chest strap snugly when in use.

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The breeching is used to ensure that the saddle does not move forward while your goat is going down steep inclines.

Placing the Breeching:
1. Begin by standing on the goat's left side with the breeching completely disconnected from the saddle.

2. Put the LOOP END of the strap through the arch of the rear saddle horn in the direction of the goat's head, and then loop it back over the top of the horn.

3. Connect the breeching buckles to the appropriate saddle buckles.

4. The perfect placement of the breeching is where the testicles used to be on a gelding. The top edge of the breeching should ride below the testicles on intact males and below the vulva of a female.

5. Snugly tighten the breeching straps connected to the saddle when in use.

6. Walk your goat around to get him used to the breeching. He will dance and possibly kick a bit at first. Repeat the process until he is comfortable with it. You are ready for the panniers.

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