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    04-10-2012, 10:32 PM
Green Broke
West marine usually has good line onhand. Most of mine are just 100 foot rolls of 1/4" or 5/16" ploy line from Lowes or home depot.
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    04-11-2012, 12:16 AM
Green Broke
* Beat to hell Wintec AP. Uncomfortable, but it only weights 15 pounds and my horse has never had a sore back.

* Nothing special black dressage pad.

* Mattes half pad.

* What was once a Professional's Choice dressage girth. I recently tore off the neoprene, cut off the billet keeps, and forced a sheep skin girth cover on it. Now's it's comfy.

* Biothane halter-bridle, purple. I use a Myler short shanked curb with a medium port.

* Matching purple biothane breast collar.

* Stowaway cantle bag, which contains important stuff like chap stick, rain wear, hoof pick, and granola bars.

    04-11-2012, 01:27 PM
I invested in a Barefoot Atlanta saddle a couple years ago - LOVE this saddle!
I also use the pad that came with the saddle at the time and I have the Aussie stirrup leathers because they are thicker than regular english leathers with plastic endurance stirrups.
Recently bought the sidepull bridle with bit hangers because I'm being optimistic that my silly gelding will one day go in just the sidepull. Bright Royal Blue (from Running Bear)
Reins and breast collar (cheap off ebay) with martingale attachment (Running Bear) also Bright Royal Blue.
I just purchased the Snugpax pommel pack with the water bottles and extra pocket on each side. In Bright Royal Blue, of course.
    04-11-2012, 01:33 PM
Meant to post this with the reply....

Falcon so handsome in Bright Royal Blue
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    04-11-2012, 07:45 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by DebSmith    
I invested in a Barefoot Atlanta saddle a couple years ago - LOVE this saddle!
It that a treeless? It looks similar to the torsion that I have (and love). Seems like there is no end to the types of saddles out there.
    04-11-2012, 08:16 PM
Yes - it's treeless. It took a little getting used to but now it's my favorite. There are so many different saddles out there! I think it's hard to find one that fits both horse and rider now, expecially if you're looking at doing endurance. I used to use the same Circle Y western saddle on all my horses. It was fine for showing but would probably hurt like heck to most of them longer than an hour or two.
    04-12-2012, 08:24 PM
Green Broke
I have been riding Biscuit in an Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle - their Renegade Endurance Saddle with a horn. Taylored Biothane Halter/Bridle Pawnee style. Garmin eTrex GPS, heart rate monitor.

His custom saddle didn't fit anymore - he is too "fit" for it so a new one is being built to fit him now. In the mean time, I just ordered a synthetic Kimberly Endurance Saddle. I had two Aussie Saddles when I bought Biscuit and they didn't fit his fat little self after he put weight on. Sold them last year to my eternal sorrow. It will take 2 months to get the new saddle so the Aussie will be here Tuesday. My other one had metal stirrups - this one has plastic. I love Aussie Saddles and can't wait to get it.
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    04-12-2012, 08:57 PM
Green Broke
My next saddle will be a dixieland, endurance skirt lite rider PACKAGEDEAL,
Seems most of the endurance saddles are not made for big guys, or gaited horses. And those that are are simply western saddles with no horn. I really like the Dixielands and seem to be well liked by TWH riders.
    04-12-2012, 09:39 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Seems most of the endurance saddles are not made for big guys, or gaited horses. And those that are are simply western saddles with no horn. I really like the Dixielands and seem to be well liked by TWH riders.

What makes your walker's back different than a non-gaited horses? I have been trying to ponder that and just haven't seen enough gaited horse backs to be able to come up with an answer. Is it their actual back or something about how the saddle interacts with their shoulders?
    04-13-2012, 02:06 AM
Green Broke
Usually a higher wither and wider clearance at the shoulders. Gaited trees tend to flair at the front, and have alot of wither clearance. Probably has more to do with giving the shoulders clearance while they are moving then an actual shape thing on the standing still horse. Depending on the variety many are also short backed. I'm not sold on treeless designs. I spent to many years carrying rucksacks, carrying anytype of weight without a frame blows. They are probably fine for people 100lbs lighter than me. I'm not interested in trying one. Also with the popularity of Arabs in the sport I imagine many of the saddles are made for Arab backs. Never owned one, so not sure how they compare. I just see saddles advertised with Arab trees as opposed to other trees so I assume something is different.

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