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post #1 of 3 Old 06-04-2010, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Difference Between Western and Endurance

I've been wondering this for a while, but I never got around to posting it.

What exactly is the difference between an Endurance saddle and a Western Saddle? It may just be my untrained eye, but to me an endurance saddle is just a western saddle without a horn.

Is that the only difference? Or is it built differently or something?

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-04-2010, 01:26 PM
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They're built differently, plus some of them have English stirrup leathers and rigging.

They're definitely not just a Western saddle with no horn.

They're lighter, stronger, and built with the idea that you'll be spending more time in the saddle than a regular rider. It's all about comfort and balance for both the horse and rider.

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-04-2010, 04:02 PM
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There CAN be western saddles built for long trail rides and such, that can be passed off as "endurance" saddles, but generally, I agree with Speed racer.
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