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post #11 of 18 Old 11-21-2013, 10:27 PM
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From a dressage saddle, without a DOUBT the best transition is to a *well made* barrel saddle. They are just heaven for us English-firsts. Trouble is not getting sucked into all the bling & colour... Saddles that pretty, that cheap just have to have shoddy construction.

I have a K&K Custom, from Calgary AB. I want to br cremated with this thing!
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-22-2013, 08:09 AM
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smrobs, is that your Corriente?
Yes, it is.

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post #13 of 18 Old 11-22-2013, 09:12 AM
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My fave for years was my Simco roper, like best friends. I never seemed to find other saddles uncomfortable, as long as the stirrups were long enough. I once rode in an old Bona Allen, hard seat, medium cantle and was delighted as to how well it positioned me, right over my legs. Rode in it for 5 hrs and could have gone longer. I learned too late it had been sold.
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-23-2013, 12:40 AM
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My favorite is my old circle y cutting saddle, which generally aren't the most comfy saddles to ride all day in, but mine is for me. But, for others - it hasn't proven to be so comfy. I guess it depends on your individual bum. But, in reverse, I had never ridden in an English saddle until my daughter started riding. I got her a used County eventer. WOW! No western saddle is going to compete with that level of comfort, no way.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #15 of 18 Old 11-23-2013, 09:04 AM
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Wade saddle, hard seat. It lets me find my own sweet spot instead for forcing me into position like a lot of western saddles try to do. I hate that! I find equitation seats and most padded seats to be very uncomfortable!

I'm sure it's not the padding, but rather the shape of the seat I have problems with. Give me a good wade or ranch saddle any day. I don't want a saddle that forces me into a certain position or has a hump in the seat like the equitation saddles do. If a horse has a comfortable shape bareback, why should a saddle have a hump like a camel? Steep rises in the seat also aggravate me.

So anyway, here is my favorite saddle:
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-23-2013, 09:12 AM
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This is another favorite saddle of mine. It's a Saddle King Ol' Timer. Never thought I would be a Saddle King fan, but boy I am now.

It looks like it has a steep rise but it really doesn't. It's just a smaller seat size than the saddle above. The tree in both of my favorite saddles is made by Steele, and they have really mastered seat shape in my mind! Love, love the seats. Yes it's a hard seat but the shape is perfect. The high cantle gives a secure feel and the A-forks give me plenty of thigh room.

So anyway, can't speak highly enough of the Steele trees. They fit my horses better than anything else I have tried too. And believe me, I have been through saddle fit hell on some of my horses.

The Ol' Timer below has regular QH bars, the saddle in my post above has FQHB. So between the two I can hopefully fit most horses that I would be riding.

I trail ride for up to 5 hours at a time throughout the summer so I need a comfortable saddle.
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post #17 of 18 Old 11-23-2013, 12:01 PM
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I really like my tex tan saddle. I bought it used a few months ago and I'm in love with it. I've gone on trail rides for hours with it and haven't had any issues. Plus it fits Angel, which is hard to find saddles that do because she has some wider shoulders.


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post #18 of 18 Old 12-02-2013, 10:58 AM
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Love my Circle Y !
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