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post #11 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Mildot!
I used to trail almost exclusively english, and am not ruling that out. I love the closer feel on the trails, especially on the rougher ones. I'm also looking at Aussie saddles, maybe I can get the best of both worlds!

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
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post #12 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 02:52 PM
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take a look at these. They are the only ones I could get to fit my high withered horses. Great quality and comfort and priced as a quality saddle but hold there value and easy to resell.
Custom Tree and Saddle - Trail Saddles Built By Trail Riders
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post #13 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 03:27 PM
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Steele Saddles are AMAZING. I had one for short while. Fit my horse but didn't fit me. : (

My riding buddy has one that is at least 28 years old - it is in amazing shape and she rides in it on a regular basis. She sent it back recently to have a some repair work on it and it was done in record time and sent back. Terrific company.

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I can't get their page to load...
I haven't had to saddle shop in ten years! Man there are soooo many more options out there...

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?
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I can't get their page to load...
I haven't had to saddle shop in ten years! Man there are soooo many more options out there...
Just do a search for Steele saddles.
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post #16 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 03:57 PM
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Ever consider a treeless saddle? I have a couple saddles and a treeless seems to fit almost any horse. Although I must admit (hang me if you will) I really don't believe in the whole "saddle fitting" process. My family and I have been in horses for almost 70 years and we only have a few different saddles for different purposes and we have had hundreds of different horses. Never changed the saddle just the pad if necessary...
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post #17 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Just do a search for Steele saddles.
I am LOL!

No ones going to hang you horselvr! Most of my horses have had the same built or at least close enough to make my saddles work. This guy is just a bit different and my saddles are creeping forward! Looking at treeless ones, I just wish we had a saddle shop nearby. I'd love to go have him fitted or at least try out a couple on him to get an idea of what works best. Two hours is the closest drive...
Looking into doing a trial saddle, I plan on putting lotsa miles on this new one and him so I want it as good fittin as I can get!

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?
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post #18 of 26 Old 01-19-2012, 09:08 PM
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I'm partial to Troopers for long distance riding, so short trail rides are a piece of cake. Try to find a light one though. Some can be pretty heavy (28+ lbs....Tucker's is a heavy one) which is not good for distance riders, but others can be under 20 lbs.
Fitted properly they displace weight over a broad area, seat is just above the back and got air flow under the seat. A great saddle for a horse and comfortable for the rider.-

If you want something with a deeper seat for you and still pretty good weight displacement try the Buena Vista syle Plantation saddles.

Both are good for various situations. Comfortable for riding, jumping, etc... I've done 30+ miles days comfortably. I ride Western style with them.

Wouldn't work cattle with them though. Neither are designed well for that.
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post #19 of 26 Old 01-20-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at this saddle:
Lamb Co Saddle - What do you think?

Anyone ever have a Lamb?

Also looking into treeless ones, especially light weight ones. I'd love to try a plantation ILNM! Saw picts of yours on Western/English thread, loved em!

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?
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post #20 of 26 Old 01-20-2012, 12:27 PM
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Check amazon and ebay for the treeless saddles they have some really affordable ones both synthetic and leather. Watch how they are stitched to know if they are quality and will last. Bob Marshall and Hillason are the best ones I have seen. The circle Y's are not so great.

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