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post #21 of 32 Old 10-11-2011, 10:10 PM
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Yep, I do think the Isabel's are good when you're starting out in establishing a position for sure, you get the feel of being on your seat bones and having your leg underneath you. But for me, I have worked super hard to develop and independant seat through hours and hours of lunging with no reins and stirrups, that now I feel much better in a more 'open' saddle that will just support your position, but not force it. Particularly when riding green horses, I like to be able to move around quite a lot in the saddle and can't do this when I'm literally strapped down into one position!

Balance comes from your core, and the only way to REALLY develop that balance and an independant seat is through hours in the saddle finding your own centre of balance - not relying on reins/stirrups, deep seats and huge knee rolls to hold you in :)
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Very true Kayty, I won't go off the track of this topic any further than this post :) But I have to agree, to gain true balance having those factors out of the way is one of the only ways to have an independent seat. I for one have always struggled with balance and have immense nerves - it has taken me nearly my entire fourteen years of riding to sit up on a horse bareback and just sit there. I do need to get back into my stirrupless riding though, and hope that one day I can too ride with an independent seat in a saddle that suits both my horse and my own needs :)

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post #23 of 32 Old 10-11-2011, 10:39 PM
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I worked my butt off just to save $600 to buy my Wintec. I love it. Probably the most comfy saddle I have ever sat in, and I've sat in a lot of saddles.

I've always liked the look of Black Country saddles, so that's probably what I'd look into if I fell into money.
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post #24 of 32 Old 10-12-2011, 01:08 AM
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I am like Iride. I am currently riding in my dream saddle. The most comfortable saddle I've ever owned, sturdy enough to do whatever I please with it, and it fits most of the horses I ride.

Though I guess my next dream saddle will be one exactly like that with a tree big enough to fit this guy.

Though in all honesty, a custom for my Rafe is probably what comes next. My Corriente fits him a touch big for now so it will work for a while, but he's only 2, so he'll grow much too large for it and he's going to be my next working saddle horse.

I don't dream of fancy, expensive things. I dream of sturdy, tough, tasteful things LOL.
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post #25 of 32 Old 10-12-2011, 07:33 AM
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My dream saddle is in the making right now! Won't get it until February, though.
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post #26 of 32 Old 10-12-2011, 04:14 PM
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1561 Mojave Arabian Saddle Circle Y (Equine - Western Saddles - Trail)

I've loved this saddle for just about forever. :) If they made it in a 14 inch seat it'd be perfect.
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post #27 of 32 Old 10-13-2011, 09:29 PM
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A CWD or an Antares. *drool*
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post #28 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 06:53 PM
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I have my dream saddle. It's a Hereford 14'' barrel saddle...The most comfortable thing out there.

By some pictures I found though, I woul like this Pozzi barrel saddle if it turned out to be nice.

But of course a circle Y reiner/penner would make me very happy too

On the english side of things, I would want to custom order an jumping and dressage saddle, if I ever decide to try eventing again.

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post #29 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayty View Post
Balance comes from your core, and the only way to REALLY develop that balance and an independant seat is through hours in the saddle finding your own centre of balance - not relying on reins/stirrups, deep seats and huge knee rolls to hold you in :)
The best thing I ever did was buy an old pancake Crosby Prix des Nations when I started riding again. No rolls, no pads. It felt like I was going to slip/fall off completely, especially during transitions.

Now, I can't live without it. And my seat has improved ten fold.
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post #30 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 08:16 PM
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Iride, what is the weight of your saddle?
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