Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Northern California
I ride my gaited, short/wide-backed Kentucky Mountain Horse in a Passier dressage saddle on long, steep trail rides and I love it. I added a cashel seat cushion, to make it even more comfortable and rings on the back for saddle bags. I really like how balanced it is and when she does one of her occasional big spooks I don't get unseated at all. I also have bad knees and the western leathers tend to aggravate them (no matter how well turned). Got my Passier used and saved a ton of $, as well as,not having to worry about scratching a new saddle on the trail.
I tried many types of western, treeless, plantation, a/p english and endurance saddles on her (we have 15 saddles in the barn for our other horses and I've demo-ed dozens of others from online sources and tack stores). The dressage is the only one that fits my mare and I both well and makes us both happy. I suggest demo-ing as many saddles and saddle types as possible before you decide which one works for the both of you.
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