My parents bought my son a buddy saddle so that he could go riding with us. He is almost 4 years old so he doesn't fit in front of me in the saddle anymore. Has anyone used one of these?
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Little Buddy Seat Western
We put it on my FILs horse to try it out but he had saddle bags on and he and the hubby didn't get it put on straight so it leaned to one side. However, my son seemed to feel very secure in it and was much happier riding behind me than trying to squish in front of me.
FIL did say it looked like "a train wreck waiting to happen" and he wouldn't put it on most horses. All of our horses have had riders sit behind the saddle and have packed heavy loads behind the saddle so I'm not sure what his issue is. I think it's just that back in the good 'ol days you rode in front of your mom or dad til you were too big then you were on your own horse. Which would be great but my son is still pretty timid about riding and isn't ready to be on his own.
So thoughts all around??