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post #1 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Whats kind of saddle would you condsider this? and bridal question!

This is my saddle, I use it on my TB due to his high withers...I love it! anyways lady today on the trail said "Is that English or western" I really don't know It looks English but it came with a western cinch?! Also whats the difference between English and western bridal and reins and does it matter which I use??

I got the saddle used from a tack store due to its comfort on the trails etc and so far its the only one that fits Duke.

I'm thinking about getting this for the trails etc as well All Purpose Trail Endurance Pad - Statelinetack.com

Ive always rode western on my previous horses but had a horrible time getting one that fits my horse!
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 10:41 PM
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I may be wrong, but it looks like an endurance saddle.

The difference in bridles is that English bridles have nosebands, and Western bridles do not. And of course the overall style will be different.
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I agree, it looks a lot like an endurance saddle to me. If you are just riding for fun and not showing, then the type of bridle you use doesn't matter quite so much so long as it fits your horse. English bridles I have seen tend to have more buckles than most western bridles (particularly buckles where you attach the bit). Agreed that it's just the entire look that is different. Some western bits are really flashy with paint coloring and rhinestones and others are simple leather straps.

But unless you are showing, it doesn't really matter what you use.

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post #4 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 11:20 PM
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Yup, its an Endurance saddle, modeled after a McClellan officer's saddle.

It doesn't matter which bridle you use. Whatever is most comfortable for you and your horse.

For the saddle pad, you need to measure your saddle front to back, and then add 3". That is the length of saddle pad you need. An English style pad like that may not be long enough. That one is 28" front to back, so your saddle needs to be 25" or shorter, total length front to back.
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-02-2010, 12:39 AM
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Sorry, just had to chime in here as I see two serious safety concerns in the picture you posted. First of all, your horse is tied by the bit; NEVER should a horse be tied by the bit. If your horse were to spook somehow and pull back, the pressure would be in your horse's mouth versus on his nose. Additionally, because of the bit you're using (a curb bit), the curb strap could break your horse's jaw should he spook, try to run away etc.
To make matters worse, he's tied without a quick release knot, and the knot used to tie him certainly wouldn't release if he were to pull back.
Because of this, if your horse spooked, he would be trying to pull that hitching post out of the ground with his mouth.
Just to be clear- I don't care if your horse is the most bombproof, reliable one out there, because horses are horses and they will spook when you least expect them to, with no warning.
I hope you remedy these concerns immediately. Please.

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Sorry, just had to chime in here as I see two serious safety concerns in the picture you posted. First of all, your horse is tied by the bit; NEVER should a horse be tied by the bit. If your horse were to spook somehow and pull back, the pressure would be in your horse's mouth versus on his nose. Additionally, because of the bit you're using (a curb bit), the curb strap could break your horse's jaw should he spook, try to run away etc.
To make matters worse, he's tied without a quick release knot, and the knot used to tie him certainly wouldn't release if he were to pull back.
Because of this, if your horse spooked, he would be trying to pull that hitching post out of the ground with his mouth.
Just to be clear- I don't care if your horse is the most bombproof, reliable one out there, because horses are horses and they will spook when you least expect them to, with no warning.
I hope you remedy these concerns immediately. Please.
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-02-2010, 05:33 PM
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Might it be this Tucker saddle? It comes with a Western cinch too:

Tucker Saddles GEN II Equitation Endurance Saddle
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Thanks for pointing that out! never thought of it that way! will not happen again
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I may be wrong, but it looks like an endurance saddle.

The difference in bridles is that English bridles have nosebands, and Western bridles do not. And of course the overall style will be different.
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My favorite western headstall is one that is an old cowboy style with a noseband. So it doesn't have to be English to have a noseband.
I have this one from Colorado Saddlery and I love it!
http://coloradosaddlery.com/Headstall4.htm
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-02-2010, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Wow I really like those... Kinda like this one too!
Weaver Texas Star Browband Headstall - Statelinetack.com
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