What are your opinions on soft saddles?
For an adult balanced rider? I'm looking particularly at the Down Under Soft Saddle and the Cashel Soft Saddle.
One big question for anyone who has them - where the stirrups connect to the saddle, do they push extra pressure in one spot on the horse's back or is it moderately spread out?
I have two drafts with dramatically different backs, I only do light trail riding, I figure a breast collar can help reduce the likelyhood of twisting.
Has anyone used either of them?
This is the cashel, the only pic of it:
This is the Down Under saddle
There's also these that I've found, but judging by the price I'm guessing their garbage? Anyone have experience with them?
YESRD Quality Synthetic English Treeless Horse Saddle Many Colors | eBay
This one looks a little better and has good reviews xD I need to stop looking!
I've never ridden in them so take this with a grain of salt. But I did ride in a bareback pad with stirrups and found it to be very dangerous because the "saddle" can roll.
Maybe a breast collar would prevent that. But I personally would be scared to ride with stirrups in something without a rigid tree. At least part of a rigid tree (like a Bob Marshall) would be a requirement for me. But they must work for some folks because they keep selling them.
That's why I was looking at the soft saddles. While they don't have rigid trees, they are much more firm than just a sheet of fabric.
I realize how dangerous stirrupped bareback pads can be and won't be getting one of those - but was hoping to get some reviews on soft saddles to see if those are safer or do a better job at distributing the weight put in the stirrups? On a bareback pad all the stirrup pressure lands on one line on the horse's back, I was hoping someone who had one or used one could say if this was less extreme with that?
Anyone used one or have one? pros+cons?
Interesting question. I'll bump this up.
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