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        08-30-2012, 07:38 AM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Louloubabs    
    Ahh, that's definitely worth knowing. Being a sciatica sufferer, that's the last thing I need! Thanks :)

    XxX

    You need to make sure the saddle is fitted properly - flocked level and to the horse's individual conformation - and your leathers haven't stretched unevenly. The majority of (rider) back problems appear well after purchase and are caused by unbalanced saddles, IME, rather than an issue with saddle type or make.

    Good luck
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        08-30-2012, 08:03 AM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by unclearthur    
    You need to make sure the saddle is fitted properly - flocked level and to the horse's individual conformation - and your leathers haven't stretched unevenly. The majority of (rider) back problems appear well after purchase and are caused by unbalanced saddles, IME, rather than an issue with saddle type or make.

    Good luck

    Great advice, thank you.

    Hoping to get a saddler out at some point to help with fitting etc. I've not had a problem in the past with riding and it affecting my back but since having my last baby last year, my sciatica (which actually stems from a riding accident about 15 years ago) has got a lot worse :(

    Thanks again

    XxX
         
        08-30-2012, 02:28 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    You might find stirrups which move in some way (pivoting or sprung tread, chain-link sides) will help a bit, though they're better for knee and ankle joint stiffness. Age means I suffer both :(

    I've found them good for hacking and flatwork, but having tried a sprung pair on a big jumping horse, I can't recommend them for that ;)
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        08-30-2012, 06:27 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I'd go for a Wintec.

    There are many better quality saddles out there but few that are so easy to care for and affordable. I personally prefer synthetic saddle, I mean leather is nice, but I'd be so precious about it, I like being able to get it wet and dirty and not care

    I think a Wintec is a great starting saddle, and when you later specialise in a discipline and have a "forever" horse you can buy the saddle you really want. I'm personally not a huge fan of All-Purpose saddles, but many people like them.
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        09-03-2012, 02:39 AM
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    Foal
    I've watched two different people get seriously hurt on treeless saddles. Having no tree, if the rider is out of balance and the horse turns unexpectedly they can slide sideways (not held by the withers) and dump the rider. I would NEVER own one unless I was a very very good rider and say using the saddle to assess a large number of horses aka riding strange horses to determine their level of training etc.
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