Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: South-Central PA
• Horses: 0
I just use my regular english saddle which is a Dover Circuit Elite XC. I use a leather breastplate/collar/whatever you want to call it that connects to each side of the front of my saddle and meets on his chest to attach to his girth. I have an english saddle pad with buckled pockets on each side. I do want to get some english saddle bags at some point so I can use my colorful pads on trails. Lol. But, the trail pad works great. I wear half chaps, even if I ride western for some reason. They protect my legs from trees and bushes and other elements, and of course saddle rubbing/pinching. My stirrup irons have the rubber flexible sides, which seem to work well with my ankles. I don't know if I have a picture, I'll take a look through my pictures and I'll post one if I do.
I started out riding western. Bought my english saddle 3 years into riding and transition to english over the next year and a half. Now I've been riding for about 6 and a half years. I sold my western saddle this summer because it doesn't fit my horse. I'll probably buy another one eventually, but I've got other more important purchases to deal with first. Western saddles are nice for when I have a beginner friend/family member who wants to ride my horse around a bit. And for riding naughty unfamiliar horses. But, I much prefer the feeling of sitting in an english saddle.
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