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post #11 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 08:48 PM
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I have heard several good things about Timberline Saddles and Sycamore Creek Saddles.

I doubt any of them will weigh 12lbs, I really have my doubts about a Saddle that weighs as little as Specialized advertised.............


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I have one and love it! Mine is an older model (at least 7 years old) and is in great shape. Can't say enough good things about these saddles. The fitting shims are really very east to use. Only takes a little practice. Super nice quality leather.

As far as SS not being a well known and reputable, you may not have ever heard of them, but they are very popular and well known in the endurance circles. Considering the nature of the sport, these saddles would not be so popular if they didn't hold up to extreme use.



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As far as SS not being a well known and reputable, you may not have ever heard of them, but they are very popular and well known in the endurance circles. Considering the nature of the sport, these saddles would not be so popular if they didn't hold up to extreme use.
I agree completely... on some online endurance groups and forums people go on and on about how great SS is.
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post #14 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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I am interested in getting one because of the 12 pound weight. I have a disability that makes it impossible for me to saddle my own horse with a heavy saddle. If I could put my own saddle on, I would probably ride more often. I'll never be healthy enough to compete in endurance barring a miracle, but I do love to hit some trails.

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I am interested in getting one because of the 12 pound weight. I have a disability that makes it impossible for me to saddle my own horse with a heavy saddle. If I could put my own saddle on, I would probably ride more often. I'll never be healthy enough to compete in endurance barring a miracle, but I do love to hit some trails.
Light they are! I found the "trail seat" a little better than the endurance one. While I don't think the saddle is very "nice," I bet it will wear well. I still have mine and am going to have a fitter help me with it, to see If it will work better for me.

They work very well for alot of people, but I also know several peor who have white spots on their horses, despite pro-fitters.

I have no doubt that my euro light with leather and no fenders weighs 12 pounds. It's super lightweight.
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Celeste for your style of riding I look into and Abetta cordura. Or a high horse leather/cordura hybrid. Both are well made and will hold up for quite a bit of trail riding.
Specialized saddles are very well liked in endurance circles. Especially in the southeast where we have a traveling dealer that comes to rides and helps with fitting. I was all set to buy a used one for about 1500 but it was very very used. And like the above poster said the leather and materials did seem kinda cheap made. I just felt they were over priced for what they were. One I looked at new was nearly 2k. Dealer harps on the adjustability for different horses, but for 2k I could buy 2 saddles of different shape. Any way I will say that lots of endurance folk love them. So I am willing to admit my impressions werent accurate but that's what they were I honestly just wasnt that impressed for the money
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Joe, I just looked those up. They are very reasonably priced, but they weigh 17 or 18 pounds. The saddle I have now is only 24 pounds. It might not be enough to make a difference.

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Have you considered a synthetic English saddle? We trail rode in English saddles for years. A synthetic English should easily fall in your weight range.
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Have you considered a synthetic English saddle? We trail rode in English saddles for years. A synthetic English should easily fall in your weight range.
I have a lower end Wintec English saddle that belongs to my daughter, but I don't really find it comfortable. It probably doesn't fit me properly.

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Brand New Pampa 12 lbs $900

I hava a Pampa Light Endurance Saddle which I'm trying on demo right now. I'm willing to sell it for what I paid plus shipping...it was on sale, normally it's $1600 Its only 12-13 lbs.

I like it and it seems to be comfy, but I just can't seem to get the english type of girths to not move my saddle back a foot during the ride. I think it's my mare's fit or my shoddy girth tightening skills! Lol. Only ridden in it once for a 10 miler...still deciding but I have until this weekend.

Can come with the new ez caged stirrups and girth for extra $150.

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