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    07-17-2007, 05:51 PM
English and Endurance Saddles

I have a question. Can you take a horse trained to ride with an English saddle and ride it with an endurance saddle?
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    07-17-2007, 09:51 PM
Would you please explain a little more for wht purpose you want to change saddles??!!

So if you do Dressage use a Dressage saddle that is made for that, if you want to go enurance use an endurance saddle...
I am not sure what you are getting at!
    07-17-2007, 11:16 PM
You can take a horse that is trained english, and ride in any saddle. You are still going to ride like you are in a english saddle. Western and english is about the same, just most western riders don't ride right.
    07-18-2007, 12:06 AM
What type of endurance saddle do you mean? There are several different styles of endurance saddles. There is one that is very similar to a dressage or all-purpose saddle. Also a lot of people do endurance in dressage saddles anyway becuase they are light and they position your legs just right for endurance.
    07-18-2007, 03:57 PM
See I was taught to ride in a western saddle and lately i've been riding in an endurance saddle. I ride like i'm riding english when I ride endurance and prefer that over western. I was saving my money to buy a horse and looking around and saw this beautiful horse that rode english so I was just wondering if you could switch the saddles. I ride on roads and trails and pastures. I don't know what type of endurance saddle it is but i'll try to find out. It looks like an english saddle with western type stirrups if that helps
    07-18-2007, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by Flying B
You can take a horse that is trained english, and ride in any saddle. You are still going to ride like you are in a english saddle. Western and english is about the same, just most western riders don't ride right.
That is a huge blanket statement and is purely wrong.
    07-19-2007, 03:00 AM
This is what some endurance saddle look like. It is very similar to an english saddle but th back of he saddle is modified for endurance. However, it doesn't just have to be an endurance saddle. I know people who use these sadle for everything!!

    07-19-2007, 12:04 PM
As long as the saddle is a good fit for the horse and is comfortable, the horse really won't care. It's more a matter of whether your are switching disciplines.

The saddle that crackrider posted is my personal favorite for an all around saddle. It allows close contact with the horse, which I like, and makes for good communication which gets the horse in nice form. However, it's also comfortable enough for trails, if it fits the rider well. I have an old county despri that I wouldn't trade for anything. The stuffing is coming out of one of the knee pads, but I refuse to get a new one!

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