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post #1 of 19 Old 01-09-2013, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle for TRAILS (story)

So a few days ago, a family friend has let me come to her house to learn more about horses and get experience around them to prove to my dad that I can take car of one. Since it is a little too icy to ride, we have just been cleaning out stalls (5 Quarters and 1 pony. I clean out 3 and she gets the other 3) feeding, watering, and taking them to the pasture. I know some people will probably think I'm crazy by saying this but I'm actually having fun doing all of that, even cleaning the stalls! Hahaha.

She was showing me her tack room last weekend and she had a lot of cool stuff! She has told me that she has a saddle rack that she would give me (when I have a horse of my own) which I thought was really nice. She also offered me a 15" Simco barrel saddle for $150. It's a few years old but looks in great shape. She said that she would save it for me if I wanted it, and if I did buy it and decide later to sell it that I could prob get the same amount I paid for it.

I was just curious if it would be an ok saddle for trails? I don't plan to do barrels or anything. Just wanting to do some trails and/or camping with horses. I don't have a picture to show of it. What do you all think?
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-09-2013, 07:53 PM
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The saddle would be fine. However, I would advise against buying a saddle until you have a horse. Not every saddle fits every horse.

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post #3 of 19 Old 01-09-2013, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Oh ok, and ya I didn't plan to buy yet, for that reason. Thanks! Would it be ok for a long day of trails or do you think it would get uncomfortable? I've heard of these lamb skin pads you can put on them but I'm not sure how much they cost.
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-09-2013, 07:58 PM
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Lots of people we ride with ride in barrel saddles.
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Oh really? Good to know! Thanks :)
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post #6 of 19 Old 01-09-2013, 08:02 PM
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Every saddle fits every rider differently. My friend adored her Circle Y Park and Trail, but I hated it. The only way to find out if a saddle will be comfy or not is to ride in it. I figured out a couple of years ago that I'm just not made to ride in a western saddle. Every one I've tried, I've hated. Give me a nice Australian stock saddle, though, and I can ride all day with no complaints or issues.
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post #7 of 19 Old 01-09-2013, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting. Once the ice thaws and it's ok to ride, I'll ask if I can use that saddle on Sir Bo (the horse I'll be riding) :)
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-10-2013, 12:20 AM
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just putting it out there, I occasionally ride in an older simco. It is a lovely saddle and although scratched and scuffed (20+ years old) it is in beautiful shape and very confortable. Even if long run you buy a horse that it doesn't fit you could always turn around and sell it for about the same price if not more then you bought it for.
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-10-2013, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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This one she is offering me is around 15-20 years old! Haha it does look to be in great shape. Also, that's what I had in mind about the saddle. But I've always heard to not buy one first haha
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-10-2013, 06:06 AM
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I trail ride in a simco barrel saddle. So comfortable. And I paid double that. Mine is about 20 years old or so but in pretty good shape. Because I have an Arab I could only get a barrel saddle since they have the shortest skirt.
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