I love riding (trail) in my Aussie saddle this summer, I just could never get used to the horn. Western friends kept telling me after awhile I wouldn't even notice it...but I do! Being an English rider (and my tummy not as flat as it used to be ;), I just always felt like it was in the way, especially on steep terrain. When I'm in trouble, I don't grab horn, I grab mane!
Immediately ripped my brand new winter tights by catching them on the horn. Seeing me suspended 6" off the ground by my pants would have made for a great YouTube video if the tights hadn't cost me $100 2 days prior. I've caught shirts and bras on it too.
The unexpected jump or buck is always a treat with a horn. Townes had lots of BOING in him last wkend, I thought I was going to lacerate my liver!
In keeping with my motto for this year (SCREW it...just DO it!) I had my handy fiancÚ HACK IT OFF! It's not an expensive saddle, just a used Outback (?) but it came out amazing! It was steel but he was able to cut it low and use the leather to cover the hole. I'm really, really pleased with how it came out.
Just hit the trails with it and it was like having a new saddle! (Not quite my riding partner's Tucker Endurance, but hey!) I felt like my position and even my hands were better without having that fricken horn in the way.
I can't believe I was too scared to do it sooner!
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