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post #11 of 13 Old 07-25-2013, 01:39 AM
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The only saddle I start colts in are my barrel saddles. I can lift it with one hand, it keeps me in the saddle, and it's comfortable.

Honestly you'll just have to get comfortable in a western saddle. The change will be different but you'll survive, I promise. I am not one to really care whether a saddle is a close contact english saddle or my heavy roping saddle. If you have the feel, you'll feel the horse through anything. I'd find an older cheap barrel saddle if I were you. Learn to sit back right in a western saddle. You'll have to learn to do that anyway if you're going to work on a ranch starting colts who may be buckers.

My colt starting saddle:





Honestly I've never seen a synthetic saddle look or fit a horse right. I hate the feel too, there's no decent weight in the stirrups, and nothing you can do to keep seated during even the worst "baby horse moments".

That saddle is a Hereford barrel saddle from the 90s. I will still barrel race in it too, trail ride, move cows, etc. Love it more than my more expensive saddles. Bought it for $400 three years ago.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-27-2013, 07:16 AM
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The only saddle I start colts in are my barrel saddles. I can lift it with one hand, it keeps me in the saddle, and it's comfortable.

Honestly you'll just have to get comfortable in a western saddle. The change will be different but you'll survive, I promise. I am not one to really care whether a saddle is a close contact english saddle or my heavy roping saddle. If you have the feel, you'll feel the horse through anything. I'd find an older cheap barrel saddle if I were you. Learn to sit back right in a western saddle. You'll have to learn to do that anyway if you're going to work on a ranch starting colts who may be buckers.

My colt starting saddle:





Honestly I've never seen a synthetic saddle look or fit a horse right. I hate the feel too, there's no decent weight in the stirrups, and nothing you can do to keep seated during even the worst "baby horse moments".

That saddle is a Hereford barrel saddle from the 90s. I will still barrel race in it too, trail ride, move cows, etc. Love it more than my more expensive saddles. Bought it for $400 three years ago.
Very nice!
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-28-2013, 05:07 PM
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You might be keen on a saddle similar to this one, I've attached a photo
It's still made on a western tree with wide bars but has no horn but still the security of knee pads for the riding you'll be doing, it's got a padded seat and is very comfortable for long days on the trail. It's close contact with a narrow grip and fenders are mounted on spring bars so it will seat you in more of the position you are use to when riding in your English saddle. Also it's very lightweight due to the type of tree and smaller skirts which means less leather. You might be able to find one like this that would suit you & horse :)
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