Originally Posted by tbrantley
I am thinking about buying a Heggis Trooper Saddle. Does anyone have any info. Thoughts are opinions about them.
I need some help deciding. I am used to riding a Western Circle Y Saddle w/ Flex Tree but it is too long for my horse and is rubbing his back.
I have to get another saddle so I am trying to do some research on them. I had a Tucker Saddle loved if for me but it was what rubbed my horse to start with and caused the sore place on his back.
I am a little nervous about riding in a trooper saddle but friends are telling me it would be the best for my horse.
Thank you in advance for any infor you can give me on saddles.
A good fitting Trooper saddle is hard to beat from the perspective of the horse. Use to be the universal patern military saddle if you trace it's history and evolution. Starting back in the first half of the 1800's.
Good weight displacement (spread out more like a western saddle). Well off the spine with space for air flow. Make sure you get a good measurment for your gullet, etc... I believe Haggis uses brass or bronze for their frame (pommel and cantle are wrapped over metal) which can allow for making fit changes later. I'd heard that Haggis can make fit changes to their saddles, but haven't confirmed this. A nice feature though if they do. Horses backs can change with time. Most notably when they are still growing between 4 and 6, and muscling up. Being able to make the adjustments to the same saddle would be great. Should be less costly to make the change than replacing them. Let us know if you find out if Haggis will make changes when needed.
My first Trooper was a Tucker. Nice saddle, but to heavy for my liking. I'd been borrowing a friends, but my mare has out grown it, so I'm having Haskett make one for me. My mare has a short back (23.5"), so I like having them made for her. Not sure about making changes to a Hasket Trooper though, since they use stainless steel. They have a good reputation though and good prices.
There's also the Saddle Guy who does custom Troopers too.
Won't bother listing all the makers of Troopers. An online search would take care of that.