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post #1 of 5 Old 08-25-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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English Trail Getup?

So I'm giving up on western trail saddles. They are too expensive, too heavy, don't ever fit my horse right, and they hurt my knees! I'm sticking to what fits both me AND my horse best, and that's English. I have found this saddle on state line tack and it has exactly what I need: A padded seat, lots of rings for gadgets that I don't need but want to have with me, and the reviews say that it fits High withered horses quite well (mine Is a little sway back combined with high withers. Ugh.)
EquiRoyal Comfort Trail Saddle - Statelinetack.com
Then I figured I would go ahead and get the Australian fleece stirrup leather covers so I could eliminate the need for the half chaps (or will I still need those?) and I was thinking of getting some of the endurance-type extra wide padded stirrups for it.

Do any of you ride in an english trail saddle? What modifications, if any, have you done? Did you make the switch from Western to English or vice versa, or have you always been an english rider? What kind of saddle bags do you use? Any special saddle pads? Breast collars? Girths? Any input you have for me would be super helpful, and I would love to see pictures of what you ride in!

Here is the saddle. I only saw one negative review, all the others were positive, and at $325 I think it's a fair price.

Here's a conformation shot of my guy. Don't let the spot in middle of his back make you think he is more swayed than he is! lol
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-25-2013, 01:47 PM
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looks ok, but you probably get what you pay for. Wintec makes a pretty decent endurance saddle thats kinda a cross between what you posted and a dressage saddle. Alot of people like them and they are very well made, not to mention adjustable gullet. You can go full endurance stirrup or the oversized but not quite as big composite reflex stirrups. I really like those.
look for snug pax saddle bags
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Why not consider an Australian saddle? Mine weighs maybe 28lbs fully fitted out and is super comfy. It also provides a little more security out on the trail in case your horse decides that something is going to eat him/her.

I got mine used from a local tack consignment shop and paid $125 for it.
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Is the saddle synthetic? You should be able to get a good used saddle in leather, or a used Wintec for that price. I really like my Robert Miller saddle, and you can get it without a horn, and get English stirrup leathers. Mine was $700 brand new.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-27-2013, 04:01 AM
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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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