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        08-22-2014, 01:25 PM
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    I have never seen an Aussie saddle that fit a horse well. Never.
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        08-22-2014, 05:08 PM
    With the exception of the brief period of time that I had a western saddle or the few times that I've gone on guided trail rides I've always ridden on trails in my dressage saddle. It was the ONLY saddle I had for most of my life. Never had any problems with it on trails, though I wouldn't consider myself a "trail rider" by trade. I feel very secure in my saddle. It's definitely something I'd consider to get more freedom from your western saddle!

    I have friends that jump, and they always trail ride in their close contact saddles. It's all they have and they feel comfortable in them.
        08-22-2014, 05:43 PM
    I tried a close contact saddle and HATED it. May as well be riding a leather pancake with stirrups.
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        08-22-2014, 06:19 PM
    Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
    I tried a close contact saddle and HATED it. May as well be riding a leather pancake with stirrups.
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    Haha, I definitely wouldn't recommend getting one for trail purposes! Just making the point that you can ride in whatever saddle is comfy or available to you on the trails!
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        08-22-2014, 06:38 PM
    Green Broke
    Meh. I use a forward seat saddle for moving cattle even, if I don't want to rope with others on the crew. I also use my polo saddle often for cattle work or hacking out if I want.

    Went on an eight day ride in Ireland. All were in hunt seat saddles.

    Use whatever you want.
        08-22-2014, 06:53 PM
    Right now I am trail riding in an Isabel Werth dressage saddle and find it very comfortable, much more than any western saddle I have ridden in. If I am uncertain about the horse I am riding, I always want my english or dressage saddle as I am much more secure in it. I have done Comp trail riding in AP saddle and liked it, over some pretty rugged ground too.
    The only drawback with my dressage saddle is there are no rings at the back of the saddle to put things. I carry a little first aid pouch on the front ring and sometimes a water bottle on the other side but if I am going out to do some trail clearing etc. I drag out my old western saddle because I can take a lot more stuff with it.
        08-22-2014, 08:13 PM
    Foxhunting is pretty serious trail riding, and is all done in an English saddle.
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        08-22-2014, 09:49 PM
    Do what is comfortable for you and more importantly your horse. Much of it is what you're used to. I've done almost the entire majority of my trail riding in a western saddle and I prefer that type, though I currently have a AP type treeless. I also have a pancake plain flap close contact that I am loathe to trail in, as it is very uncomfortable for the long haul and provides zero support. I've ridden comfortably in more supportive and relaxed English types like AP and dressage. I prefer the more general open seat of an AP as compared to a dressage or Aussie as I felt the high cantle made me rock back and forth if that makes sense. As I say do what is comfortable and for added ease there are covers available to go over your seat and leathers, and endurance type stirrups.

    I saw a pad that goes underneath your English saddle and around the edges it has rings designed to allow you to attach things. It's minimal and goes over your real pad.
        08-22-2014, 10:21 PM
    I have used my AP saddle in the past. Then bought a hybrid type trail saddle. No horn, and I took off the western fenders and put on English leathers. Looooooove it on the trails!
        08-22-2014, 10:33 PM
    Green Broke
    I ride English on trails. I do full day trails through mountains and woods. I use my event saddle. Super comfortable and gives me freedom to move and allow me to jump any obstacles that come in the way.

    I love western but I actually find it uncomfortable for long trails. Maybe just because I grew up in an English saddle? Who knows lol. But my event saddle is like a comfy couch that hugs me. I love it.
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