saddles for a TWH
i have a few saddle questions. and would like to get opinions of those that have/had experinces with different types, styles etc of saddles for a walker.
im going to be looking at new saddles in the future. and im staying with a gaited horse, come what may, and so comfort for myself the horse and then one that is good for the gait:
1. if money was no object (just for conversation value of course), what type, brand, style saddle would you purchase? all opinions welcome. even if is just dreaming for this particular question.
Some people make make one size in a Gaited Saddle, some make two and some make three.
A good brand is one that fits the Horse and You, prices can run 1k to 3k, depends on is it an off-the shelf, custom, how much bling, tooling, silver, upgrades of fleece, leather, etc.
well dont get a Circle Y endurance gaited. The bottom may be perfect for the horse but seat is designed for posting and sitting straight up. Not something you do on a walker. Was actually painful to sit in the seat was so narrow. DIxie lands were well regarded for awhile but there quality has fallen and the customer service is beyond horrendous. All nice and friendly till they get your money then Dr Jeckle time.
I have a Simco Endurance. It is comfortable.. I just feel naked without a horn. So it is listed in the Tack Classifieds.
I have a Older Dixieland that I bought has never been on a horse before I got it. It is a nice saddle. 16" wish it was a 17" but so far so good. It is one of the earlier versions and the quality is excellent.
Was told today that Tuckers are great. I am good with the Dixieland but would like to try several and see how it compares.
Aussie saddles are nice and comfortable on a TWH
aussies worry me.. i see alot for sale cheap..
The nice ones tend to be at least $400. Some cheap companies make them just like some cheap companies make english and western saddles.
My wife and I both ride Stubbens (I've got a Scout and my wife has a Siegfried VSD DL; seen here Stübben North America - All Purpose Saddles). They are VERY well designed, engineered, and made. They are not cheap, but then neither is the value of my horse's back. :-)
Good, used ones are around. I can't recommend them enough.
Would they work for a Walker? They should do just fine assuming the horse has no physical/conformational issues.
Remember that you want a saddle to work best in the job you have in mind for the horse. So that what looks just peachy at rest may be a horrid failure as soon as the horse begins to move. That's why you need a "test ride." Steele Saddles has the best program going in this regard.
I ride both my walkers in Australian saddles, A Kimberly superior, and a Kimberly Trailmaster.
I recently sold a Simco Endurance. I would not reccommend it for a gaited horse. It is for a wide flat backed horse, very little wither clearance.
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