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post #1 of 6 Old 01-04-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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looking for disabled saddle

i am disabled but love to ride horses and have some myself, im looking for either a saddle equiped for a disabled rider or a saddle with a really high back and a higher front.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-04-2012, 11:53 PM
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look at a synthetic Australian saddle, deep seat and the poleys lock you in pretty well. About the most secure saddle you can get.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-05-2012, 12:02 AM
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Well if you lived near where I do, we have a therapeutic lesson barn and they offer lessons to disabled people. Unfortunately it's in Southern Alberta, not Illinois.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-05-2012, 06:38 AM
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Walkers, I'd suggest to look for the riding program for disabled in your area, go there and talk directly to the trainer to see what they use/recommend. I've never heard about a special saddle for handicapped people (not saying they are not out there, just saying I've never seen one), so may be you start with the normal saddle and then add extras on top of it.

BTW, I talked to the lady with disabilities (she had a stroke so was liimited in her movements) at the last Expo, and she was looking for very deep A/P or dressage saddle at that time.

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-05-2012, 06:46 AM
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I agree with Kitten Val but we have a member here who has saddles custom made for riders, Southerntrails. I've had two saddles made for me to my specs and love them. Kevin will work with you - just give him a call. Western Saddles, Trail Saddles, Barrel Saddle, Ranch Saddle

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-05-2012, 07:02 AM
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I had a severely disabled gentleman ride my old horse, Doey, and although he couldn't communicate with us 100% a dressage saddle was something he was most comfortable in as he could have his legs long, and the knee pads prevented his legs from slipping forwards, enabling him to have a better seat, and his left leg, which was shorter than the right and partially paralyzed, had no problems with staying in position- however I would be really interested to hear what you find!

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