Broke my Black Forest saddle. Off the trails for awhile. :-( - Page 2 - The Horse Forum

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post #11 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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350 miles and five saddles later, Mr. Big has a new seat for me to ride in. The nicest saddle I tried was a Tucker trail saddle that was just as supple as can be. But it didn't fit Big's withers--too tight. It was also more expensive than we wanted but we would have handled that if it'd been the right saddle in every other way.

We ended up with a fairly inexpensive roping saddle. It seems to fit Big and it works very nicely with the very expensive pad I bought for the Black Forest. Interestingly, I'd never really felt "insecure" in the Black Forest saddle--it always felt stable and solid. But when I tried out the western saddles I realized that the BF saddle was anything BUT stable! Very interesting experience!

Assuming it continues to seem like a good fit on Big I think this will make a fine saddle for me. I'll post pix tomorrow, I hope. If it's pouring rain all day the pix will be delayed a tad!

But, I'm back in the saddle and this week will be back on the trails!
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post #12 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 08:15 AM
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glad you found a saddle that works for you and Mr. Big. Tuckers are soft and comfy - I like that!

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post #13 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 12:45 PM
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Good for you!! Now we need PICS!!!!!

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post #14 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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OK, Nokota, Pix you get! It's a like new saddle. Not sure it's ever even been oiled it's so new. The woman who sold it to me bought it for her teenager who lost weight and it no longer fit. So she bought a new one and sold this one to help pay for it.

It has a lot more tooling on it that I wanted--I was looking for a very plain jane sort of saddle. At least it doesn't have any silver other than the conchos. I had hoped to avoid as much "bling" as I could--but then I got what fit. Sometimes you just gotta take what you can find.

It's a barrel saddle with minimal dee's. I've ordered dee's and chicago screws from Tandy Leather so I can add some in, as needed. I can punch right through the skirt and bolt the dee's pretty much anywhere.

I saddled up Big this morning and went up the Butte across the road for a bit then we did a loop around the property lines on our place through the not yet planted fields. Going up the Butte the saddle slipped back a bit but it might be that I didn't put it on far enough forwardward so it started back and only moved a little. Before I get too excited I'll try it again a few times.

Big seemed comfortable in the saddle and I was comfortable, too, so I think it'll work out fine.

There is one, fairly minor, aesthetic issue. I'll leave it to the forum members to see if they can tell what it might be.
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post #15 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 05:39 PM
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It is simply an aesthetic issue - but I will say you are the most secure man that I know!!! Hugs!!
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post #16 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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The saddle feels secure, too, and that's what's REALLY important!

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post #17 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 06:55 PM
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if it fits big and your butt, who cares what color it is?

And hey, you'll never have to wonder from a distance if the saddle is yours or not.

Down the road, you can even get matching a biothane bridle!


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post #18 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Whew. Phantom, when I first read your post I thought you said "if it fits your big butt . . . . "!!!!

I was starting to wonder if we'd met!

But, yes, color is fairly far down on the critical attributes list!

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Whew. Phantom, when I first read your post I thought you said "if it fits your big butt . . . . "!!!!

I was starting to wonder if we'd met!

Lol! As someone who spends most of her saddle time in tights, I would be the last person to make comments on the size of someone's rear!


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post #20 of 31 Old 05-15-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have a feeling you look better in tights than I would!

As a distance rider I bet you really appreciate a good fitting saddle? Both good fitting for the horse (most important) and for you (still important!).

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