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post #31 of 50 Old 08-14-2013, 05:50 PM
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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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post #32 of 50 Old 08-21-2013, 11:22 AM
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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!


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!


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post #33 of 50 Old 08-21-2013, 11:38 AM
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Here's a picture of the structure of my Sycamore Creek saddle; mine has much prettier colors of leather, though! :)


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?


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post #34 of 50 Old 08-21-2013, 01:31 PM
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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.
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post #35 of 50 Old 08-24-2013, 11:51 AM
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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.
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post #36 of 50 Old 08-25-2013, 12:40 PM
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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.

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post #37 of 50 Old 08-30-2013, 11:14 PM
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I have a Tucker endurance trail which is awesome
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post #38 of 50 Old 09-03-2013, 10:45 AM
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I ride in an Amish made 4Beat Western Saddle.

My horses love it and move very freely in the flex tree.
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post #39 of 50 Old 09-06-2013, 10:33 AM
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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).

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post #40 of 50 Old 09-06-2013, 10:49 AM
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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!" :)

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