Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
:))) I suppose if I'd removed her stirrups and stirrup straps that Tucker might have dropped to 28. Leather straps with fenders and non endurance stirrups do add up.
There are actually more features about a regular style of UP/Trooper saddle (the standard seat type) that many people are unaware of. If you look under the seat you can see all the straps. They can be adjusted to alter the seat. I've never bothered, because it's already where I want, but it can be done. The militaries that went to the Trooper (all the old United Kingdom's Empire) stayed with them. The made various updates to the design (some successful and some note), but the basics of that saddle has remained pretty much unchanged. A rather limited saddle for doing some cattle jobs (for anything that requires a horn...e.g. roping...it's useless), but other than that it's probably my favorite saddle design. Basically, anything that ever gets messed up can be relatively easily seen and repaired. Relatively light with round the same weight as the McClellan (many of the early ones, like the early McClellan, didn't have the flaps). Displaces weight well and allows for pretty much any activity the "English" style saddles allow for. Capt. Dolan apparently knew what he was doing (he's given most of the credit for the design).
But I'm sticking with the saddles Randy made for each my mares. At least until the grow out of them (which should be some years since these replaced their original saddles). Never a had a saddle that fit any better than these and "if it works right don't fix it". :))))
They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)