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    01-18-2011, 12:24 AM
Uhmmm. . . . Don't fall off?

Other than that, put it in a carry case, in an inner pocket. You don't really need to get to it during a ride so it doesn't have to be easily accessable. Heck, probably wouldn't hurt to turn the fool thing off! You just want it for emergencies.

Anyone who just HAS to answer the phone when out riding probably needs a different hobby!!
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    01-18-2011, 06:55 AM
Sailorgriz, I know what you mean about having time to keep everything clean. I think time spent cleaning would be better spent riding. That is why I went with a work model saddle rather than a fancy showy one. Because If I give it the basic care, it should last a long time. And I don't care how worn or beat up it looks, as long as it is holding up structurally.
    01-18-2011, 01:34 PM
One of the reasons it looks so nice, IMHO, is because it is obviously a working saddle. Show saddles don't look near as good! Being a bit "weathered" makes it look like it belongs on a horse, not in a showroom nor ring.

Someday I'll get a nice looking western (or Aussie) saddle and retire the treeless I have now--or save it for when we just need an extra saddle, more likely, since it'll fit about any horse.
    01-18-2011, 04:13 PM
I know what you mean Sailorgriz. I had the most beautiful custom made leather saddle, it was my pride and joy, I loved and nurtured it for 16 years and it had worn into a beautiful utilitarian saddle that fitted my bum perfectly. Then I bought my current horse who out grew that saddle in her first three weeks of being ridden. I was gutted because I had to sell my beautiful custom leather saddle to buy a new one to fit Phoenix. Unfortunately Phoenny is 3/4 draft horse so I the only saddle I could find to fit and was affordable was a synthetic saddle. Don't get me wrong, my new saddle is nice and light and I love the fact that I can just turn a hose on it and it is comfortable but I often find myself thinking of my leather saddle. One day when money is permitting I am going to get myself another custom saddle built for me. Because there is nothing like the feel, look and smell of leather on a horse.
    01-18-2011, 04:29 PM
Well my wife has an Aussie saddle she is interested in selling. It is a wide tree. Fits our Gypsies, Halflingers, and was even used on a Percheron if anyone is looking for one. I have not listed it yet, but we have been kicking the idea around.
    01-18-2011, 04:49 PM
Some people I know will use a fanny pack to keep essential stuff close and on their person. I have also heard of wrecks when the person needed to come off because the horse was pitching or something and got hurt worse because the belt got hung up on the saddle.

I carry water in a bottle holder than holds a 32 oz Nalgene bottle. Water for the dogs, if necessary in empty 20 oz soda bottles, in my cantle bag. Usually leave the phone in the trailer because most places I ride there is no service. Other stuff, like bandana, Leatherman, flashlight, lighter, snacks, are in my hornbags. Lead rope and raingear in the cantle pack. Pocket knife in my jeans pocket but under my chinks so I can hardly get to it anyway.

Guess I'm not very safe. But in all the riding I do, I've not ever had a problem that happened so fast that I needed any of the above stuff after being dumped by my horse. Actually, can't remember being dumped in the wilderness. Anyway, any situation that has come up, I've been able to get off, get my stuff out of the bags and deal with it.
    01-18-2011, 06:50 PM
I had a matching set of nylon saddle bags that included: a horn bag, cantle bag and the 2 saddle bags that went behind the cantle bag. For my water I would buy bottled water in the smaller bottles after the water was drank I would put tap water in them and then freeze them. When I was packing to go on a long trail ride I took several of those frozen water bottles. I never had a problem with carrying them in my larger saddle bags then as I wanted to drink I put a bottle in my horn bag. For if my horse and I got separated I bought a luggage ID tag with a strip of leather or nylon that had a buckle on it. For me to keep an emergency phone number I bought a small flat leather pouch and kept that in one of my pockets.

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