Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Just a couple of things.
There's really no such thing as a "close contact" western saddle. When I asked my trainer friend to explain as simply as possible the difference between western and English riding, this was her answer: In English you ride the horse; in western you ride the saddle. (I was trying to explain to my very non-horsey boyfriend the difference between the teo disciplines an he just wasn't getting it). That being said, there are some endurance saddles that are the closest thing to being "close contact" you'll find.
As for your stirrups, if you're having trouble keeping your feet in the stirrups, it's because your stirrups are too long.
If you're looking for a lightweight saddle, I'd go with a synthetic, like Abetta or Big Horn. My best friend had an Abetta endurance saddle that could have been called "close contact" for a western-style saddle (nowhere near what you'd find in an English saddle, but more than most western saddles).
Seat size, I'd look for a 14-14.5" seat.
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