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    12-30-2012, 01:12 AM
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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    12-30-2012, 01:37 AM
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!
    12-30-2012, 01:51 AM
Ok thanks so much!! Lol I was think it was something like that!
    12-30-2012, 08:28 AM
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.

Interesting to see what others think :)
    12-30-2012, 09:09 AM
Green Broke
A tradition ? Copying the old cavalry saddles. Made that way for weight, cooling and to save materials,
    12-30-2012, 10:15 AM
Its for ventilation. I know some were made for phillip dutton.
    12-30-2012, 02:55 PM
I just want to say I like the colour of the brown version.

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