Should my Dressage Saddle be more comfortable?

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Should my Dressage Saddle be more comfortable?

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  • Looking for a dressage saddle that is the most like riding bareback
  • Can't find a comfortable dressage saddle

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    05-11-2012, 02:31 PM
Green Broke
Should my Dressage Saddle be more comfortable?

When I first got Cinny we had a HUGE problem finding a saddle that he liked (wrong saddle = Rodeo Bronc) but we eventually found a nice Kiefer Wien that someone gave me a GREAT price on used. We have been working in it for about 2 years and we work okay. It was more comfortable for me than any other saddles I had tried on him.

Lately, I've been riding bareback to strengthen my seat and equitation. I bought a "Best Friend English Comfort Pad." And I LOVE it. But now, I fee like bareback is way more comfortable than my Kieffer.

Should my saddle be as comfortable as bareback, or more comfortable? Is this a sign that I need to find the Kieffer another home and find something else? Or is it normal to not feel as comfortable and balanced in your Dressage saddle as you do bareback?

BTW: I know it doesn't look like it in some of my videos, but it does fit me pretty okay. I've had 3 trainers tell me it is okay. I can put a hole hand behind me, and I am in relatively correct position. But sometimes I feel like I am fighting the saddle to stay in correct position where bareback it's just there and I don't have to think about it.
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    05-11-2012, 07:40 PM
Green Broke
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    05-11-2012, 07:47 PM
Nope, you should find your "sweet spot" in a saddle when you are riding correctly. I find a saddle way more comfy than bareback.
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    05-11-2012, 08:07 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Nope, you should find your "sweet spot" in a saddle when you are riding correctly. I find a saddle way more comfy than bareback.
Wow, I don't think I've ever found a "sweet spot" with this saddle... just the bareback pad :(
    05-11-2012, 08:20 PM
Robohog is going to hate me now, you need a saddle that is comfortable for you & Cinny.
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    05-11-2012, 08:24 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Robohog is going to hate me now, you need a saddle that is comfortable for you & Cinny.
I hate you!!!
    05-11-2012, 08:32 PM
Yeah, yeah but your wife loves me so it's all good!
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    05-11-2012, 08:34 PM
Green Broke
Maybe for my birthday/xmas in December :) I'll have to keep my eyes peeled and maybe sell my Kieffer first or find a place that will take it as a trade in.
    05-11-2012, 08:48 PM
I'm at the same comfort for both
Except when I canter
Cantering is way better bareback(:
    05-11-2012, 08:53 PM
Green Broke
I can walk okay, sitting trot is somewhat okay, posting trot is a pure fight with the saddle and canter is a mild fight and I feel like I can't sit deep into the saddle at all but I can sit deeply bareback.

I have been using a half pad because Cin seemed more comfortable with it, but maybe I should try without? Or should a half pad not make a difference? It's not a front or back lift or anything, just a regular half pad. This is it Exselle Half Pad

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