Originally Posted by bluecharm7
I was thinking mountainous terrain. How will it sit on the horse going up and down hills? I am just envisioning some of the endurance races I have been on in Virginia, the Old Dominion race there are a lot of steep inclines and declines and I would want my horse to be comfortable as well as myself.
I think it all goes back to the saddle fitting - both the horse and the rider.
The saddle I ride my mare Dream in (a Free n Easy) is almost a hybrid in terms of flap size between an all purpose english and a dressage saddle, though the panels are its own unique thing (flex panel saddle). I am very lucky in that it stays put very well regardless of terrain, without even a crupper. So far we have logged something like 700 miles (wow is that a crazy thought!
) at Old Dominion rides with no issue.. but the saddle fits my mare like a glove (and I think by now my body has conformed to it, regardless of what shape I may have been to start with
I can think of a couple people who ride in dressage saddles very successfully (one friend hit her 10 100 miler mark last year - how is that for impressive!! But again, they fit the horse well.
I think saddle fit has to be one of the most frustrating things on earth.. one of the big reasons I am not anxious to look for a new saddle for Dream, despite the Free n Easy weighing over 30lbs.. it fits! Don't mess with what ain't broke.