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post #11 of 21 Old 08-01-2013, 11:48 PM
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I prefer cantle bags. Like others have said, more room to store stuff and they are out of your way.

I don't really have much problem getting into mine while walking briskly down the trail...though it would pose a challenge at faster gaits.
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-02-2013, 12:45 AM
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I use both. Cantle bags to carry a lot of beer and pommel bags to carry mixed drinks and phone, copenhagen and personal cleansing wipes, just in case.
Doesn't the beer get shook up? We have insulated saddle bags to carry beverages. They keep them cold. Also we use foam freezer packs. Not to promote a beverage but Mike's lemonade can be frozen and will stay cold on long trips on hot days.
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-02-2013, 01:48 AM
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I use both too.

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post #14 of 21 Old 08-02-2013, 05:39 AM
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I use both. Stuff I need to access while riding goes in the pommel bag (drinks, snacks, chapstick). Emergency kit stuff, spare hoof boots, lunch/horse snacks, goes in the cantle bag.

I like heavy stuff (water bottles) up front so the horse doesn't have anything heavy behind the saddle in the weak area near the loin. Also it is easier for me to get water bottles out of the front bags, I can't get into the back bags while trotting. However, the pommel bags sometimes get the excess loop of rein stuck on the bottom edge if I'm having a tight reins kind of ride and have a lot of excess loop hanging ;) That isn't as bad with the snugpax as with other brands I've tried.
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post #15 of 21 Old 08-02-2013, 08:30 AM
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I do not do well with all that stuff under my hands, so I only use a cantle bag. if I were walking, it would probably not bother me, but on a race, I don't need so much stuff that I need both.

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post #16 of 21 Old 08-02-2013, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by usandpets View Post
Doesn't the beer get shook up? We have insulated saddle bags to carry beverages. They keep them cold. Also we use foam freezer packs. Not to promote a beverage but Mike's lemonade can be frozen and will stay cold on long trips on hot days.
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A little bit but we pack them down with a lot of ice. Mike's lemonade is a good idea Ill try that!!
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post #17 of 21 Old 08-03-2013, 11:34 AM
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I just took my new snugpax pommel bag for a spin and I really like it. It's a simple one with two bottle holders and a small pouch above the withers. It did not get in my way at all. I do have a larger cantle bag for when I go on longer rides so I can pack first aid and other supplies.
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post #18 of 21 Old 08-03-2013, 11:40 AM
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I like pommel bags better because they are easy to access. But cantle ones are good for items you won't need right away on the trail - they can hold more and they are still accessible if you need to.

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post #19 of 21 Old 08-05-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Excellent arguments on all sides. Thank you everyone.

I did an endurance ride with my girl this weekend (our first together!) and borrowed a pommel bag. Quite frankly I don't know that it's any easier to grab a bottle while trotting that's in the front than one that's in the back. We only get stuff out of our bags when we are walking. I'm not that skilled of a rider to fuss with things during a trot. I'm more focused on the trail in front and my girl's body language. I envy your abilities to multitask! I'll get there. Afterall, I've only been riding 2 1/2 months.

Anyway, I'm going with the cantle bag. My water bottle in the pommel bag kept hitting my knee when we were trotting uphill and ended up bruising me. The saddle I'm in is too short for me so I was a little crammed. Plus, it got in the way when I needed some mane to prevent me from going A over teakettle when she saw a stump monster. :) Good timing on her part.
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post #20 of 21 Old 08-05-2013, 04:59 PM
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I have had both and the only time i need to get into mine is coming in off the trail i get my ride card out. And the only problem with the cantel one is if your horse likes to go she might take advantage of you at this moment. LOL! I know from experience.
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