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    04-29-2009, 02:17 PM
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Yearling
Dressage saddles-good for trail?

Ok, so I am looking for a english saddle for my Bashkir Curly gelding. I have been seraching and searching for this "right" saddle that fits both him and me,still no luck as of yet. I am looking for a good saddle for 4-H shows and trail riding this summer.

I had the vet help me with checking what kind of tree he needs. She said that he is for sure FQHB in western so he will need a wide tree. I have been drawn to Thorowgood dressage saddles. Ok, now to the question:

Does anyone know if these are good for trail riding? I have read on the internet that they arent great for trail riding because they don't "keep you in" and you can loose balence easily. If anyone has any input, it would be great to hear it. Thanks!
     
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    04-29-2009, 05:58 PM
  #2
Showing
I know at least 2 people using dressage saddles for trail riding for number of years (although western is more common on trails around here). I use a/p on my paint (western on my qh), because I tried dressage one and it feels funny (I guess I'm not used to it :) ).
     
    04-30-2009, 11:03 AM
  #3
Yearling
Yeah. I am thinking now about getting a Derby Original endurance saddle. Does anyone know anything about them? Do they set you differently then a regular english saddle?
     
    05-02-2009, 05:41 PM
  #4
Foal
You can trail ride in any saddle that you want to. I trail ride extensively (in Massachusetts) and I ride in my western saddle, dressage (Wintec Isabell) and English (Stubben) depending how I'm feeling, the weather conditions and just to mix it up. The Wintec Isabell is an extremely secure feeling. Also check out the Marcel Toulouse saddles. They use grippy leather and aren't that expensive. They make 2 dressage models that I know of, and many English/AP/jumping styles. Good Luck!
     
    05-03-2009, 08:54 PM
  #5
Trained
Doesn't Thorowgood make an AP wide tree? I have the AP narrow tree for my skinny TB. It fits him like a glove. It has a nice deep seat and has saved my butt a few times on the trails when my horse did something unexpected like jump 8' sideways while galloping down a path like he did yesterday. (goofball) I see them in the catalog closeout specials on Dover Saddlery all the time for $399. It's a steal. I personally don't like dressage saddles for trails. There's no deep seat to keep you safe and there's no flaps on them if you want to jump stuff or go down steep hills.
     
    05-03-2009, 09:37 PM
  #6
Zab
Yearling
Any saddle is good for trailriding, but for longer trail rides (several hours), it's better with a saddle of the western type, or other ''working saddles''.

English saddles are made to allow top performance, mobility and sensetivity for maybe an hour or so, not to weight down on the back for several hours. The contact area is too small :)

But they still work, lots of people use them.
     
    05-04-2009, 07:04 PM
  #7
Started
Personally I'm not a huge fan of the Thorowgood saddles, but they are better quality imo than the Derby Originals. Be careful that any saddle you try, you fit to your horse before committing to purchasing unless it's adjustable. I prefer Wintecs to the other less expensive saddles out there b/c the CAIR panels coupled with the changeable gullet makes it easy to fit to nearly any horse (yes, there are always exceptions). I find that they fit well, are great for trails or show (yes, they ARE accepted at shows), and last forever. They are easy to maintain, and in a dressage saddle, still comfortable on trails.

Good luck!
     

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