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post #11 of 19 Old 07-17-2008, 05:47 PM
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I've always used my regular saddle to hit the trails. Thats what I'm used to and it's super comfy. Made to fit me and my horses so thats what I used.
At some point in a few years once my horses are well broke to ride and safe for anyone to get one I would like to get a western saddle for my mom. I know thats all she will be comfortable riding in, otherwise my every day english saddle is all I had been using :)
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post #12 of 19 Old 07-18-2008, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by laceyf53
I have en english endurance saddle for trail riding
What is that? Never heard about it, but sounds like a nice saddle for trails...
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-19-2008, 02:26 PM
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I used a Courbette AP saddle for years on many different horses. The deep seat and knee rolls help my stability going up and down hills. I had two Courbettes over 25 years, and I used to trail ride about an hour or two at a time. I just changed to a Thorowgood AP, for my mare's comfort.

If you're going on long trail sessions, camping out, you may want an endurance type english trail saddle, or an Aussie stock saddle, just to attach saddle bags and stuff.

I've tried a few western saddles but I can't feel the horse under me too well, it didn't feel secure enough.
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post #14 of 19 Old 07-22-2008, 11:33 AM
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Sure, why not...if it's comfortable for you and your horse go for it!
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post #15 of 19 Old 10-12-2010, 12:06 PM
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I've ridden either with a bareback pad or western saddle for years and years. Last weekend a friend talked me into riding in her Niedersuss Dressage saddle and OMG I was blown away. We trail rode all day (close to 7 hours) over all kinds of terrain and it was great. So much more comfortable and secure than my western. So much so in fact that I'm now on the hunt for a decent englisgh saddle just for trail riding!

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post #16 of 19 Old 10-12-2010, 01:00 PM
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For years I have used my orthoflex english saddle for trail and endurance riding and I love it! Because the underneath panels flex it fits any horse I throw it on, and it is soo comfortable for riding all day. I did end up putting a sheepskin cover on it to add to the cushion, for 50-100 miles you want all the cushion you can get!

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post #17 of 19 Old 10-12-2010, 01:10 PM
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I wasn't going to respond because it appeared that the OP got sufficient answers, however I notice that nobody mentioned saddle pads with pockets!
I always ride in my english saddle, which is an older model thorowgood A/P, and on long ride I use a saddle pad with little pockets right behind the saddle flaps much like this one Google Image Result for except mine has buckle closures instead of velcro, though both have their merrits.

I like the A/P on the trail incase you have to hop a log or something. Just my opinion.

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post #18 of 19 Old 10-14-2010, 02:09 PM
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An A/P saddle is fine for trail riding. I've done trails in mine, lessoned, low level eventing in mine, I've even did pole bending in it once. At one point, a former trainer was talking going penning in whatever tack we had so it would have been my A/P.

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post #19 of 19 Old 10-15-2010, 03:19 AM
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I used to go on long trail rides on my friend's mare using my Courbette Husar with a fleece seat cover for a bit of extra padding.
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