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    02-27-2009, 09:29 PM
  #1
Foal
Question Best Trail Saddle?


I love trail riding with my mare, and I am lucky enough to have access to many trails. I ride english, and even though I love my saddle, it is not comfortable on long rides.

What is the best trail saddle? I might be looking in the spring, and my price limit will be around $300-$400.

Also, what is the best type of pad to use?

Thanks!
     
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    02-27-2009, 10:19 PM
  #2
Showing
You might check out new synthetics or used leather with your budget. Synthetics I would look at Abetta's. I have an Abetta endurance saddle that I used when I first started out. Its a nice saddle and very light weight.
The endurance are basically western saddles without the horn
     
    02-27-2009, 11:15 PM
  #3
Foal
wintec

My MAIN English (and for many years now) is an Stubben
I have posted the newest saddle acquisition I have made, a run-of-the-mill synthetic (and used) Wintec...I can say,it is far more of a secure seat for trails/ general-hacking, as that's why I got it...Where I ride now has little flat land, and trails are the other factor...so....
generally speaking, the size difference between English to Western is 2 sizes.
Or, If your English is a 16, the rough equivalent is 14 Western...Mine is 18 English=16 on my Wintec
Oh yea, If you look hard, you can find them used for around the 100-175 price tag...easy to clean as well...

Takes a bit of getting used to but, far more comfortable for the longer/hilly haul
     
    02-27-2009, 11:16 PM
  #4
Foal
I'll try the photo this time....

One more time, the Wintec (I hope...)
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    02-27-2009, 11:27 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks for the input!
I think I might lean towards a synthetic saddle because of price and the ease of taking care of them.

Loosewolf--> Thanks for letting me know the seat size difference, I thought there was one but I was not sure.
     
    02-28-2009, 08:45 AM
  #6
Banned
Here are a couple of saddles I find very comfy!

NAVY w/ Burgundy English Trail Saddle Pad w/ pockets - eBay (item 300269529733 end time Mar-27-09 15:01:16 PDT)

TAN LEATHER TREELESS TRAIL WESTERN ENGLISH SADDLE 17" - eBay (item 230322178266 end time Mar-28-09 14:44:56 PDT)
I know this might look weird, but it is soo cushany^^

Comfortable dressage/english trail saddle. Endurance - eBay (item 280316264513 end time Mar-05-09 11:58:41 PST)
This one even say comfortable^^

Horse Saddle/trail Pad w/Saddle Bags Attached [English] - eBay (item 370090393473 end time Mar-25-09 05:17:28 PDT)
Trail pad^^
     
    02-28-2009, 08:43 PM
  #7
Weanling
I love an aussie for trail riding. I rode english as well, but the aussie makes you feel more secure on trail. Look for synthetics, like on kate's saddelry, they are lighter and easier to take care of. Personally I don't like abetta saddles, they always make my knees hurt no matter if I turn the stirrups or not.
     
    02-28-2009, 11:48 PM
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Started
I've just got an Aussie that I love... and they tend to run cheaper than other saddles. You can get a brand new leather one with stirrups and girth for $345. There's also a synthetic one for $279. Check them out:

Kimberley Series Aussie Saddles

If you're curious about the Aussies, I can answer a few questions about them. They're definitely unique!

As a side note, the Wintecs can drive me nuts sometimes. I have an All-Purpose Wintec, and sometimes when I'm riding it'll squeak every time I post at the trot or anything. It makes me feel like I'm on some rickety old cheap thing... not to mention that it annoys the heck out of me.
     
    03-01-2009, 10:49 AM
  #9
Foal
How do the seat sizes run in Aussies? I usually take a 16-17" in an english saddle. I've ridden in them before, a while ago, and I thought they were comfortable.
     
    03-01-2009, 11:31 AM
  #10
Banned
I have a wonderfully conferatble saddle for long rides!!! It I san all purpose saddle I am selling it for $175, and it is in perfect shape:) PM me if you are interested
     

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