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        08-14-2013, 05:50 PM
      #31
    Foal
    So... reporting in. I got my new saddle AND fittings, and used them today. Good news: BOY is it lighter and I LOVE the English rig!!! Bad news: BOY do my legs need strengthening, and is this saddle too big, or am I just used to the structure of my Sycamore Creek saddle?

    Time will tell more... stay tuned!
         
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        08-21-2013, 11:22 AM
      #32
    Foal
    Well, an update.

    I returned the flat cutback. I rode in it four times, and it gave me back aches each time! I also felt like I wallowed around in it. I don't think my horse liked it either. I decided to return it!

    SADNESS

    Then, I took my English stirrups and put them onto my Sycamore Creek saddle. This made it easily ten pounds lighter and made the cinch VERY easy to get to! Meanwhile, the things I'd always liked about my SC saddle--comfort, cradling, and leg position--remained in place. While I'd never be able to show in my new hybrid rig, it sure is meeting my needs and those of my horse!
         
        08-21-2013, 11:38 AM
      #33
    Foal
    Here's a picture of the structure of my Sycamore Creek saddle; mine has much prettier colors of leather, though! :)

    http://www.sycamorecreeksaddles.com/TAF001-B.jpg

    Now, imagine English stirrups replacing the thick leathers and heavy leather-covered stirrups. And imagine that those English stirrups can be run up their leathers while messing with the cinch. See what I mean?
         
        08-21-2013, 01:31 PM
      #34
    Foal
    Dressage Saddle, Isabell by Bates is my favorite for training and showing. I also have a nice western saddle with a gaited horse tree. Used to ride the saddle seat flat saddles, but never again after trying a deep seat dressage saddle. I also have a Wintec (washable) Bates Isabell for trail riding and training. I want a saddle that helps my balance, let me move my knees and legs freely, and frees up my gaited horse's shoulders.
         
        08-24-2013, 11:51 AM
      #35
    Weanling
    I got a Eli Miller endurance a month ago and have been happy with it. I did not like the plantation style with the little pointy horn. So many saddle have those. What are those little horns good for anyway except something to get hung up on when mounting? Personally I prefer no horn so I can duck down under trees and not get my reins, ropes and gear caught on a stupid horn.
         
        08-25-2013, 12:40 PM
      #36
    Foal
    Duett Companion Trail. Really nice for flat back/wide horses, good balance and I like the deep knee rolls, good for going down hill and security.

    Trail | Duett Saddles
         
        08-30-2013, 11:14 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    I have a Tucker endurance trail which is awesome
         
        09-03-2013, 10:45 AM
      #38
    Weanling
    I ride in an Amish made 4Beat Western Saddle.

    My horses love it and move very freely in the flex tree.
         
        09-06-2013, 10:33 AM
      #39
    Foal
    I know They Aint Custom Saddles But...

    Circle Y are a good saddle, as are circle s. Some may laugh but I own a selection of Double T saddles and one Showman saddle I use for showe (obviously).
         
        09-06-2013, 10:49 AM
      #40
    Yearling
    I agree that the concept of the "custom saddle" is oversold. A saddle should effectively accomodate the horses back when combined with appropriate padding. It is this "system" that makes it work.

    One must be VERY careful with the low end of the saddle market. At that level not only can you have materials and workmanship of questionable quality you can have some pretty "dicey" engineering of the tree and overall design. Perhaps the saddles you recommend are at the top of their class in this type; I've never seen nor put my hands on one. My experience with saddles at this level, however, makes me very skeptical. So I'll just pretend to be from Missouri so I can say, "I'm from MO; me you gotta show!" :)

    G.
         

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