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post #1 of 7 Old 12-30-2012, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Cross Country Saddle....hole in seat??

Well I know that some cross country saddles have these holes in the seat, I've always been curious what the purpose of that is?!

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-30-2012, 12:37 AM
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I always assumed it was to provide ventilation and to lighten the saddle up a bit? That thing stays on for a while, it better be light and have some air conditioning!
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Ok thanks so much!! Lol I was think it was something like that!

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-30-2012, 07:28 AM
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Looks like a gimmick to me.

How long is a cross-country round; 12 minutes at 4* level? And how thickly padded (often with foam) are most close-contact saddles on event horses? I can't see it having any discernible effect.

For an endurance horse, maybe, but there's still the padding issue.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-30-2012, 08:09 AM
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a tradition ? copying the old cavalry saddles. Made that way for weight, cooling and to save materials,
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-30-2012, 09:15 AM
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its for ventilation. i know some were made for phillip dutton.

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-30-2012, 01:55 PM
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I just want to say I like the colour of the brown version.
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