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post #1 of 22 Old 07-06-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Endurance saddles

If my reining dreams don't work out....I'm thinking of trying endurance. What brands of saddles do ya'll use for endurance?
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Ahh the one question where you will get as many different answers as people who post. The true answer is what ever works best and is most comfortable for your horse (and idealy yourself).

I use a Wintec stock saddle. I have a young horse with a sick sence of humor, who will spook just because she feels like it. The saddle fits us both well and gives me extra grip to sit through those mare-ish moment. I also love the ease of care and the interchangable gullets. Not to mention it is a rather light weight saddle.

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Ahh the one question where you will get as many different answers as people who post. The true answer is what ever works best and is most comfortable for your horse (and idealy yourself).

I use a Wintec stock saddle. I have a young horse with a sick sence of humor, who will spook just because she feels like it. The saddle fits us both well and gives me extra grip to sit through those mare-ish moment. I also love the ease of care and the interchangable gullets. Not to mention it is a rather light weight saddle.
Yes, as with all disciplines, I believe. But I just wouldn't even know where to start as far as looking at saddles go. I used to ride in a tucker trail/endurance saddle, but it weighed the same as my barrel saddle! So something lighter would be better, since I am by no means a lightweight, even if I starved myself I would weigh at least 150-160 lbs.
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Oh honey your just still a little thing.....add 100 lbs to that and you got me.....all though I am working to bring that down....luckily my stocky Morgan has no problem hauling my plentiful butt around.

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Oh honey your just still a little thing.....add 100 lbs to that and you got me.....all though I am working to bring that down....luckily my stocky Morgan has no problem hauling my plentiful butt around.
Ha, no that would be my weight if I turned myself into a skeleton. I'm plenty over 200 (but working on it!) I'm 6' and big boned though, so even if I don't show the weight as much, I still weigh a lot.
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I'm not at all experienced in endurance, so maybe I shouldn't be posting here... :P But the title of the thread caught my eye. I just ordered an Abetta endurance trail saddle, apparently it only weighs 16 pounds (including stirrups). I'm also 6' tall and so I also wanted a lightweight saddle for my little 14.2 Arab. This is the style I bought (I got the Arab version though, hoping it will be a better fit for my girl). It hasn't arrived yet, but I'll let you know what I think of it when it does!

I don't know if we'll ever get into 'real' endurance riding, but it's the one sport that's always fascinated me as a rider. Competitive trail maybe?
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I'm not at all experienced in endurance, so maybe I shouldn't be posting here... :P But the title of the thread caught my eye. I just ordered an Abetta endurance trail saddle, apparently it only weighs 16 pounds (including stirrups). I'm also 6' tall and so I also wanted a lightweight saddle for my little 14.2 Arab. This is the style I bought (I got the Arab version though, hoping it will be a better fit for my girl). It hasn't arrived yet, but I'll let you know what I think of it when it does!

I don't know if we'll ever get into 'real' endurance riding, but it's the one sport that's always fascinated me as a rider. Competitive trail maybe?
Well, the price, color and weight certainly sound good! Do keep me posted on it.
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I have a wintec stock saddle, but I don't use it any more. Somehow, it just isn't that comfortable. Maybe it doesn't fit my somewhat rounded posterior.
I am using a Circle Y trail saddle, but it is 25 pounds which is probably too heavy for a real endurance rider. I am a trail rider.

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I use endurance saddles pretty much exclusively. We started with Abettas and Wintecs but weren't really pleased with them overall. They aren't really that comfortable, even though they are light and easy.

Then I got a Crates endurance saddle from National Bridle Shop. Leather and synthetic, it is light enough and easy to handle, and comfortable to ride in. I still have it, have had it for years, and turn down offers to buy it from everyone that rides in it.

My sister got a Tucker endurance saddle and we were in love with that one. The only thing was, for some reason, my sister got bruises on the inside of her knees when she used it. Never figured that one it. But its very comfy to ride in.

Was in love with the Tucker until my neighbor sold me his nearly new Bighorn endurance saddle (he quit riding). Oh joy! It is a thing of beauty and the most comfortable saddle I've ever rode in. However, it is a well made sturdy leather saddle, so its not the lightest thing.
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Also, I would prefer if it has western rigging rather than english.
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