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    07-08-2012, 07:27 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RhinestoneCowgirl03    
Also, I would prefer if it has western rigging rather than english.
My main saddle, a Free'N'Easy is basically an english saddle with some modifications, so doesn't sound like what you are looking for.

However, I also have a Torsion as my "catch ride" saddle and its more western-type. Its treeless, which can either be the best thing or the worst thing, depending on your horse and how you ride.




Are you looking for treed or treeless?
     
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    07-08-2012, 09:24 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
My main saddle, a Free'N'Easy is basically an english saddle with some modifications, so doesn't sound like what you are looking for.

However, I also have a Torsion as my "catch ride" saddle and its more western-type. Its treeless, which can either be the best thing or the worst thing, depending on your horse and how you ride.




Are you looking for treed or treeless?
I definitely want tree'd. Personally, I do not like treeless saddles.
     
    07-09-2012, 01:18 AM
  #13
Foal
I am considering making a switch from traditional western saddle to endurance saddle for trail riding (no competition in my future). Is there that big a difference between the $500-$600 ones and the $2000 ones? If so in what aspect? Looking for comfort for both my fat butt and my horse's.
     
    07-09-2012, 10:39 AM
  #14
Started
I ride in aussie saddles and have for a long time. Super comfy for me, and my current mare doesnt fit anthing else(unless I want to go custom $$$), Plus reasonable price wise, and no horn to get in the way on steep trails. Can do 8 hours in the mountains no problem, they have a closer fit, like english, but more security than a western.

My friend rides the leather/synthetic bighorn endurance and loves it, comfy for her and the horse and light weight, but after several hundred miles it is looking a little worse for wear.

My barn owner rides a bighorn leather endurance. A bit heavier than the synthetic one, but it has worn incredibly well and is crazy comfortable. It fits her thoroughbred extremely well.
     
    07-12-2012, 05:02 PM
  #15
Yearling
I do my distance miles in a Wintec dressage on my Arab and my walking horse (the two horses I do distance with). I'm not hard core endurance - but later on when I DO become hard core (after the small kiddos are a little older) I was thinking about going to maybe a Specialized or something along that line.

I have a heavy weight endurance saddle that I use on my gaited and other horses from Dixieland Saddles but it is basically a rounded skirt western saddle without a horn and weighs in to like 30+ lbs - strictly for pleasure riding. I like to keep my everyday use saddles at or around the 20lb mark.

Basically I love synthetic tack - I'm pretty hard on my stuff so and often short on time so if it can't go in the dishwasher (biothane tack) or get cleaned up with Dawn soap (wintec) then it's not in my tack room right now.
     
    07-17-2012, 11:53 AM
  #16
Weanling
Just wanted to let you know I went for my first ride in my new Abetta Endurance Trail saddle today - love it. So far, anyway - only rode for about an hour, but it seems to fit my horse well and as far as my own comfort goes I have no complaints. Maybe someday we'll upgrade to something a little pricier but for now, I think this will do the trick.
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    07-17-2012, 05:38 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Silent one    
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.

That dixieland saddle is the lazy boy version of a saddle,, that's for sure but I'll never use it in a distance ride - too heavy.

I agree with you on bighorn, tho - sure like those, even the synthetic mix versions. Had one once - sold it - STILL kicking myself...
     
    07-17-2012, 05:39 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Failbhe    
Just wanted to let you know I went for my first ride in my new Abetta Endurance Trail saddle today - love it. So far, anyway - only rode for about an hour, but it seems to fit my horse well and as far as my own comfort goes I have no complaints. Maybe someday we'll upgrade to something a little pricier but for now, I think this will do the trick.

Show us! Show us!!
     
    07-17-2012, 06:55 PM
  #19
Weanling
The new saddle on Éowyn
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    07-17-2012, 07:16 PM
  #20
Yearling
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

I have the brown and black one, altho it is a wide and doesn't fit anything I have anymore!

But it is comfy!
     

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