Lightweight Western Saddle?
I learned to ride in an English saddle. I most definitely ride with an English seat (thus far). I love my close contact saddle because I am able to feel the horse underneath me very well. To be honest, I prefer no saddle at all, because I like the closeness and contact I get with the horse with nothing in between.
However, the ranch I am moving to and will be working horses at is a western facility. I will be helping with the breaking and training process, so I would like to have my own western saddle eventually. Not to mention I have always wanted to learn western anyways.
I really don't know much of anything about Western saddles. I won't need it for roping or cow work, but more for light arena work and more heavy duty trail riding I believe. I do not intend on showing.
I don't like tall saddle horns, they make me nervous, as I am not used to having something there while riding. I like the horns on roping saddles a lot, as an example, because they are shorter.
The majority of western saddles I have ridden in were really bulky and heavy to the point I really couldn't feel the horse under me at all, and I hated that. It made me really nervous and I was always worried the saddle was going to slip because of how bulky and awkward it felt. No thanks. I want to concentrate on the horse, not worry about that stuff.
There was one western saddle I rode in years ago that I really liked. It was synthetic and super lightweight; lighter actually than a lot of the jumping saddles they had. I could feel the horse perfectly and the saddle hugged my seat and kept me in a fantastic position. I'm not sure if it was a wintec (does wintec make western?) or something else.
So that is my predicament. You guys are my go-to people for things like this, so fire away! If you need any additional information, I would be more than happy to answer questions. Thank you so much :)
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