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post #1 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Whats with the narrow twists ?

Seems someone decided Narrow twist saddles are the greatest thing since sliced bread. seems every saddle I look at is singing the praises of a narrow twist for comfort. Am I the only one that finds them painful to ride in ? I feel like I am riding on a split rail fence. Something to do with posting on a trotting horse ? Or maybe like many things equestrian, designed for women ? I recently returned a Circle y gaited endurance saddle after riding about 3 miles. Didnt really know about twist. But seems alot of their saddles are that way.
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 02:48 AM
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Sorry, chum. I love a narrow twist. But I can imagine for a thin man, it is not appropriate. Hope you find one that is right for you.
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It can be comfier for some women to have a narrower twist. I find a nice wide twist better for me and I once rode in a saddle that had sch a narrow twist that it was like sittin on a knife. i got bruises in places no woman ever wants bruises!

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Narrow twists can be uncomfortable for some horses, too, especially big-boned warmblood or draught types where they can pinch or put pressure on ligaments either side of the spine. Cure-all they ain't :(

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It's all just marketing. Ride what works for you and your horses.

The last eye-roller for me was Wade saddles. Now it's narrow twists. Who knows what it will be next?
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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haha, yeh, I just have to look at em. Seems odd the adds always say, "Narrow twist for comfort"... umm wasnt to comfortable there buddy. Guess I am forever stuck ridng Aussi. Looks like a DOwn under Longrider, or maybe a Tucker Vista endurance.
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Joe4D ropers are wider, and heavier.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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ropers dont fit short backed horses, weigh a ton, and arnt suited for distance riding.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 04:48 PM
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Yeah this narrow twist crap drives me insane too. Had a saddle fitter telling me that I need a narrow twist saddle with thigh blocks. I thought to myself "wow so I can had a bruised crotch AND dislocated hips, right?". Just because I'm a 5'3" woman does not mean I need a narrow twist! I ride in a "mans" saddle (endorsed by Jan Ebeling) but all those narrow twist things leave me not being able to walk. I like a normal twist and a wide seat, gives me so much more stability in the saddle than any thigh blocks or a huge cantle ever could!!

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 04:52 PM
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Have you thought about getting a barrel racing saddle? XD

My hardcore western dad even agrees that they are comfortable and sit you well.

I also really like association saddles, they're comfy, but also heavier like rope saddles.

You should look into all around saddles, they are lighter, but very much like some ropers.

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