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.
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!
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 :(
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.
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!!