Originally Posted by Annanoel
What do you all prefer for endurance saddles? I'm really looking at getting into endurance. Have ordered my biothane tack as we've begun training and am now looking into a saddle. What kind / brand do you prefer?
The kind that fits your horse first and your butt second.
That sounds flippant (and it's def said with a grin), but it's the honest answer. There are countless types of saddle available and the type/brand that works best for my mare and my butt may be the worst thing ever for your horse and your butt.
Personally, I ride Dream in a Free'N'Easy and it works great for us both. But I think it was Joe who called it complicated as a rubix cube to adjust, so I suspect it doesn't work for him! I also have a Torsion (which is treeless) as my "catch ride" saddle, as in theory a treeless is more likely to fit many different types of horses.
What type of saddle are you most comfortable in? There are endurance saddles based on "english" saddles and "western" saddles and even "aussie" saddles. If you started out riding western, you may feel very insecure in an english-based endurance saddle and I have heard people who started riding english saying they felt trapped in a western-based saddle.
What saddle do you ride in currently? Is there a reason you are looking to change that saddle right away?