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post #1 of 12 Old 12-06-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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western saddle for trail riding

Hi guys I was wondering what your recommendations were for a nice western saddle type for trail riding. I know a lot of companies make trail saddles, but I see a lot of them without a tree, would really like a tree on my saddle. I was wondering about the "stockman" saddles, anybody have one of those, what are they like? I live on a farm, ride out on the farm, alone, so would really like a safe secure saddle, something with a nice deep seat that will help keep me secure over all kinds of terrain. Would a roping or cutting saddle be a good saddle to invest in? I don't normally ride for more than one or two hours at a time, but don't want to be uncomfy during my ride. I don't normally go faster than a canter, but would like to teach myself to have the guts to help with the catlle gathers - I'm a bit of a nervous Nellie.
So anyways, any recommendations?
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-06-2012, 11:45 AM
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OMG, am I seeing double? I swear I was just participating in this thread and my post are missing. I did a search and there are two identical post, whew! Glad its not me, lol.

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-07-2012, 02:51 PM
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Have a couple of High Plains for years and love them.

Tucker Saddles - Trail saddles and Bridle Supplies.
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-07-2012, 08:33 PM
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I use my roper for gymkhanas, trails, and will be using it for ranch work as soon as I can find some cattle to play with. I havent sat in anything comfier (aside from squeaking, lol).
My old BO has a very comfortable barrel saddle that rates right up to my roper on comfort level, beats my roper with a deeper seat though, just barely.
I prefer my roper over all the other saddles ive ridden in though because my horse is the go-to if someone falls off and a horse needs caught, so I like the nice, sturdy horn to pony off/tie to.
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post #5 of 12 Old 12-07-2012, 09:39 PM
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My wife also rides trail in a roper saddle and loves it. And it is a very versital saddle. Only one I'd prefer would be a training saddle.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-07-2012, 09:47 PM
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Truthfully, I've never found roping saddles to be that comfortable for long days spent riding. You might consider looking at a ranch saddle with either an association or a wade type tree. They are designed for comfort and security for long days spent in the saddle. They tend to have a deep seat and a good seat pocket, plus, ranch saddles usually have the stirrup leathers hung a little farther back so that you are closer to proper alignment and don't have your legs hung out in front of you in a chair seat. Every roping saddle I've ever rode has been bad about sticking my feet way out in front. I never knew what comfort was until I got my Modified Association ranch saddle and I would never trade it for anything.
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-07-2012, 10:08 PM
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I'm also not a fan of ropers. I also steer clear of equitation saddles. I like saddles with high cantles for trail riding.
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-07-2012, 10:24 PM
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Aussie saddles are great for trail riding. I had a Down Under Wizard Poley that was very nice. The leather was so soft. I was an idiot and sold it.

I have an Allegany Mountain Trail Renegade Endurance saddle. I like it. It is comfortable.

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post #9 of 12 Old 12-08-2012, 11:54 AM
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By 'stockman' saddle I am assuming you mean australian saddles?
If you can find a good quality aussie saddle definitely try it! I have an aussie and would never trade it in. I've had several people ask to borrow it and they loved it!
Pro's - It's a lot lighter in weight than a leather western. Less lifting for you, and less weight for your horse to carry on long rides.
- The poley's at the front offer great security. You can even find ones that have them behind the thigh too, although I'd think that would restrict you a bit.
- horn/no horn, your preference.
- deep, comfy seat.

Con's - I've seen a ton of crappy, cheap aussies, and very few regular tack stores carry aussie saddles, let alone accessories like the girth (which is different, but you can actually buy different overgirths to use english or western girths if you prefer) which can make it difficult to try one out.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-08-2012, 08:42 PM
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The western saddles with the wade trees are wonderful, very comfy. Just got back from a trail ride with friends and no hurting knees or legs!
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