Does this saddle look ok for trail or should it be used just for showing/parade?

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Does this saddle look ok for trail or should it be used just for showing/parade?

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    12-05-2008, 11:34 AM
Does this saddle look ok for trail or should it be used just for showing/parade?

Would you use this on trail? :/ I think i'd be kind of worried about scratching it...

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    12-05-2008, 11:36 AM
That looks more like a parade or show saddle to me. I'm sure you could use it on the trail but like you said, you could definitely damage it.

Than again, I've never ridden in anything remotely close to this so that's just my guess.
    12-05-2008, 11:39 AM
Ah thank you. It would probably have to be used for light trail if any at all.
    12-05-2008, 11:41 AM
It depends on how much you want it to stay nice and how dear to your heart it is
My saddle is always muddy and scratched up from crossing creeks and riding through brush and trees.
Its like a new truck bed. The first few times you have to throw some fence posts or bales of hay in it, you sort of cringe. You get used to it after awhile though
    12-05-2008, 11:49 AM
But if I want to use it for parade then it probably wouldnt be a good idea then right?

I've been doing trail forever but havent used any of my show saddles for it lol so im not sure how this one would work out :/ Thank you vida
    12-05-2008, 11:51 AM
I think if you wanted to do parade you should get a separate saddle for trail.
Like Vida said, trail saddles get very worn when you're slopping around in creeks and dirt =P

Maybe if you cleaned it after every ride though?
    12-05-2008, 11:56 AM
I could do something like that but how would I get in between the copper and fiberglass? Would it be ok to use a toothbrush or would that scratch the leather?
    12-05-2008, 12:17 PM
Green Broke
It looks like a really comfy and hard working saddle. I would have no problems riding the heck out of it, and oiling it like crazy to get rid of that "pink" look to the natural colored leather.

Parade saddles generally have more ornamentation. That one just has nice tooling and a neat design. It would be fun to ride in a parade with it, but you can tell it was made to work in.
    12-05-2008, 12:20 PM
Green Broke
Okay, do you mean trail riding, or arena/show trail classes?

In desert California (are you in the Hemet area?) you probably won't have to worry much about getting the saddle dinged up on trail rides.
    12-05-2008, 01:06 PM
Trail in mountians of wrightwood-- parade and rodeos

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