Originally Posted by ropergirl411
Hello! I'm new to the forum - this is my first post . I'm looking to try mounted shooting with my 15 yr. Old QH that I use for breakaway roping in high school rodeo ( he can also be used for cutting) or my 10 yr old team roping horse. The only saddle I have that would be light enough is a simco trail saddle ( my ropers and cutters are pretty hefty) and I was wondering if I could shoot out of that saddle or will I have to get a new saddle ?
Is the simco saddle a leather or synthetic?
For someone starting out, most clubs would not give you a problem over a synthetic saddle at local match or clinic. I am rusty on my rules, but I believe that CMSA is the only organization with a "leather or leather looking" tack rule. Not sure I have ever seen that rule enforced. Check with the club you are shooting with. CSA allows clubs to set their own clothing/tack guidelines. MSA might have some flexibility.
If the saddle fits that horse and is safe, there is no reason it wouldn't work for you to try mounted shooting.