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post #1 of 5 Old 03-04-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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saddle for injured friend

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With all the knowledge and wisdom that resides in this forum, I need to tap into some to solve a challenge to help a friend of mine.

Here's the background-
My friend Dennis is the owner of a compound bow manufacturing business that started up about a year and a half ago. He designed a new cam system that is absolutely amazing, and the company was doing quite well until he got hurt bad when he fell 30' from his tree stand last fall.
He broke both legs and his back in the fall. After spending 4 months in the hospital, he is now relearning how to walk and be mobile again.
Archery and bowhunting are this guy's life. Its all he does. He lives it, eats it, sleeps it, dreams it, breathes it.
The doc's are saying the he *might* be physically able to walk unaided in 2-3 years, but will likely never be able to pack out an animal ever again by himself.
Tree stands are decidedly out of the question.
He has always dreamed of a spot and stalk western Elk hunt, but that now seems out of reach.
So, here's where I need some help, wisdom, and guidance.
I have access to a couple horses that, if they were anymore laid back, theyd be dead.
I want to figure out how to get Dennis onto a horse, so I can take him into the backcountry to fulfill his dream of a Bull Elk.
We'll need a saddle that supports his back and legs ( I think we'll do a pack line type arrangement, where I lead on my horse, towing his horse behind mine), and I can sort of strap him in so he doesnt fall out of it, but can still draw his bow and shoot from the elevated position on horseback.
I have until September to put this all together, get the horses trained, and the saddle built and tested.
Anyone have ideas on how I can engineer a saddle to make his hunt successful?
It will need support about 2/3 up his back, and probably a seatbelt of some sort.
The seatbelt idea I can handle easily. It's the support for his back I need a little guidance on, as I have zero idea how a saddle is constructed, or how to attach the back support to it to be kind to his mount.
Thoughts? Ideas?
Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-04-2012, 11:02 AM
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I came across the lady once who had a stroke so her back/legs were not fully operational. She was using deep dressage saddle. Sorry, I'm not any more help. Best luck trying to arrange it all for the friend! That's incredibly nice of you!

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I had someone call me years ago looking to build a similar saddle, after some research found a company that specializes in it, try them.

Handicap, Adaptive and Special Needs Saddles for the physically challenged, We build saddles for a variety of "special needs" children and adults. Built for the individual requirements. Therapeutic horseback riding is a tremendous help to the physica

Hope your friend has a speedy recovery

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If you wanted to try something yourself, here is a basic pic of a common western saddle tree.

You could theoretically attach the posts of a seat by drilling thru the back of the bar into the underside and countersinking some screws into the fleece, maybe cut out a small area of fleece 1st to not get tangled on drill, then drill thru the seat supports and into the back of the cantle and attack with screws.


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You could theoretically attach the posts of a seat by drilling thru the back of the bar into the underside and countersinking some screws into the fleece, maybe cut out a small area of fleece 1st to not get tangled on drill, then drill thru the seat supports and into the back of the cantle and attack with screws.

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Screws go thru the fleece and into the bar of the tree at the back.


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