Originally Posted by Thia
Im having trouble finding a saddle to fit Thia and my mom suggested trying the cashel soft saddle. I've seen it in magazines, is it any good? Or should I just save my money for a name brand, leather treeless?
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I bought one. I used it ONCE. I am not saying it's bad, but it's really a bareback pad. I wasn't comfortable using the stirrups; too worried about the pad turing if my horse spun, which he does sometimes.
The hand grip was too far under me to be of much use and the thing is that the flaps kind of come up with your leg. So, if you move to one side a bit, like if the horse spooks and you get off to the side, the flap would wrinkle up under my leg because I had gripped to stay on but since the flap is not attach to the girth, (like an english saddle) it stuck to my leg and folded up under my leg, which made it hard for me to reestablish myself back centered in the saddle. Hard to expleain, but I did not like it. Also did that when I was getting on (you know, kind of flopping myself on in an ungracious bareback belly mount)
To be honest, if you will do a lot of riding, get a good treeless saddle. Much better.