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    03-23-2013, 12:32 AM
I only ever rode in a Tucker once. I didn't care for it. It may be comfortable, but it seems to totally lack a "sweet spot" (a place where you KNOW that your seat bones belong there and sitting there will put you in correct balance)

It felt a bit like riding a barcolounger.
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    03-23-2013, 06:50 AM
Green Broke
Its supposed to feal like a barco lounger. That's the whole point. I also like a level seat so I can move around. Not be locked into one place.
Only issue I really haveis the fenders/leathers. They are to short. I imagine they will be ok with endurance stirrups, but not my cheesegraters, I loath the big wide endurance stirrups, I like to ride on the balls of my feet, not on my arches, and when I use those enduracne stirrups I always end up "home" in them. IE my heels all the way up on the stirrup and the balls of feet sticking out the front. Will probably swap th efenders for Austrailian, or Wintec webbers, assuming I can get the english ones long enough. Have to measure what I have now. Not paying $191 for long ones from Tucker.
    03-23-2013, 11:21 PM
I feel the same way, I like to ride on the balls of my feet. I worry that with my feet shoved all the way in the stirrup they might get stuck if I he tossed and I seem to have more leverage too
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    03-24-2013, 06:12 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I loath the big wide endurance stirrups, I like to ride on the balls of my feet, not on my arches, and when I use those enduracne stirrups I always end up "home" in them. IE my heels all the way up on the stirrup and the balls of feet sticking out the front.
Did you try shortening your leathers a hole?

I ride on the balls of my feet and don't have any issue with the wide stirrups. But they are not forgiving at all if you aren't able to drop your heel or at least have it level.. which makes me think maybe your leathers are a hole too long.

When you let your leg hang down relaxed, where does your iron hit your leg? Did the wide stirrup hit the same place? I ride at what show people would consider "dressage length", so the bottom of my stirrup hits not too high above the bottom of my sneaker.
    03-24-2013, 06:39 PM
Congrats!!!! I also ride in a Tucker Plantation...River model. I love it. The narrow twist is a godsend. It fits my NSH, my Paint mare and my husband's Paint gelding and a friends mixed-breed. Mine is 16.5" and 22-23 pounds, wide tree. I have the leathers (no fenders) and like them a lot. I use the wide trail stirrups but have never had an issue with my feet going in farther than I wanted.
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    03-24-2013, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
The bottoms of my justins are pretty slick, maybe that's the issue, they work well with the cheese graters. The bottom of my new saddles leathers/fenders are 1.5" so don't really work with my Widetrax chease graters that need a 1" leather. The problems I had with the endurance stirrups were when on an Aussi saddle which does by design put you in a bit of a chair. I adjusted the leathers up and down a notch, to see if that helped. To long and I would loose them at a canter on occasion. But was comfy on my knees. I would guess the stirrups were about like yours , the bottom hitting just below the ball shaped ankle bone. Then down a notch and back up. On my aussies Id adjust while riding.
Next ride I am going to use the stirrups that came with the saddle, they are about an inch taller so probably give me the length I need. Going to ride in some Danner Light hikers see how that works for me, they have pretty agressive treads. If they work out will order some cages to put on the stirrups I have, maybe shorten them some to keep my foot where I want it. OR I might take the pad off the endurance stirrup and rivet an English traction piece to it. OR change it to Wintec webbers.
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    03-24-2013, 09:00 PM
Green Broke
You can also try rubber cement. It may give you the traction you want if you apply a bit to the top of the stirrup pads (that used to be a big cheat in the hunter ring with slippery-bottomed tall boots).
    03-25-2013, 12:37 PM
Green Broke
How do leathers go on an english saddle ? Id like to use wintec webbers but don't know if they would work for my saddle. My austrailians had a leathers bar, You slid the loop on, My new saddle is like a western and the leathers/fenders go up and over the tree, so you need an open strap to thread over it. It looks like the webbers have a closed permannet loop on one end that slides over a stirrup hanger like my Aussi.
Juast emailed Tucker with a sad sack story maybe they will step up to the plate and send me some decent leathers.
    03-25-2013, 12:39 PM
Joe, why did you get away from riding the australian style saddles? Just trying something new?
    03-25-2013, 12:52 PM
I can't use webbers with my plantation. My leathers have a buckle and are 1.25" wide.

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