So I've become curious about endurance trail riding and I've started to research appropriate tack. I have more questions than answers.
Why are most "endurance" saddles of the English variety? Is it because the people who compete in endurance come from the other English disciplines? Or maybe it's because the saddles are lighter and create less burden for the horse? Surely it's not because they are more comfortable for the rider over the long haul.
I'm also wondering why endurance saddles, and English saddles in general, are often sold without irons/stirrups. Are irons a really personal choice in English riding?
I'm really surprised by how little information is available about endurance trail riding. Doesn't seem to have the following that other disciplines (English or western) have. Not very many good websites devoted to it.