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Horn or Hornless trail saddle ?

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View Poll Results: Horn or Hornless ?
Small wide horn 22 43.14%
hornless 29 56.86%
Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

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    07-13-2012, 12:37 PM
Green Broke
Thanks GoWithTheFlow. I was hoping to go out to the barn this morning - OMG we have had Noah and The Ark type rain this morning. Maybe this afternoon or tomorrow I can get out there and give the saddle a go.

I still have a little "egg" in my stomach where I hit the horn. Initially it was the size of rolled up tube socks - it took up one whole side of my abdomen. My cousin is a ER director and I went to see her and she insisted on seeing it - she then INSISTED a doctor look at it. It was not pretty and it was painful. I switched to the Aussie hornless and loved it. I recently purchased another Aussie hornless as I had sold the other two when I got my first AMTS. I was so sorry I sold it and will not be selling my new one. I got it when I was having this saddle made so I would have something to ride in. I love Aussie saddles but they do slip on my horse like crazy if you are mounting from the ground!
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    07-13-2012, 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by Haileyyy    
I have a hornless trail saddle, and I love it! It is so much easier to move around in (up or down steep hills, dodging branches, jumping small logs if I have to) without catching a horn in the gut. I was about 10 when I bought it, and my mom made me save up every last dime for it. She also made sure that I got a saddle that would be large enough so when I was an adult I could still use it. I worked my butt off to get it, but it was totally worth it!

Circle Y Saddles - Expedition Flex2 Trail Saddle

I have the 16" seat, with walnut colored leather.

The good thing about not having a horn is that no body wants to ride in my saddle lol
This is almost the same saddle that I have except I have a horn. Mine is working out well. When I first got it I didn't realize that it had the 3/4 rigging that puts the cinch way further back than my regular western. I almost sent it back because it sat up funny on the horse. Now that I actually know how to work it, I like it.
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    07-15-2012, 01:09 AM
For trail, I wouldn't mind the security of the horn. It gives something to hold onto, and like the other person said, it does provide a "hook" if you need to attach something. However, you should ideally go with what you will be most comfortable in. If the horn gets in your way (it has stabbed me in the stomach before going uphill lol) maybe you'd be more comfortable without one.
    07-15-2012, 01:31 AM
Green Broke
Here is my new hornless slim pommel saddle. I FINALLY got out to the barn. The arena was sloppy wet but Biscuit and I rode around a few times to check out the new AMTS. I love it and can't wait to ride the trails in it.Beautiful-Biscuit-Man.jpg
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    07-15-2012, 03:21 PM
I wish I could hit the like button more than once on Biscuit and his new saddle!!
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    07-15-2012, 04:38 PM
Green Broke
Hahahaha that is funny Celeste. I had my butt in the saddle no more than 3 or 4 minutes. I am hoping to go out in a few hours and ride. It is just so wet and muddy here. We are supposed to go riding up at Ebenezer next weekend. I won't be able to go until Saturday afternoon. I am making a huge LSU stadium cake - complete with working lights. I am hoping to be riding up in the hills Saturday afternoon though!!
    07-15-2012, 04:56 PM
Let me know QOS how you like the endurance saddle ! Biscuit looks awesome in his new threads !
    07-15-2012, 05:38 PM
Green Broke
The other AMTS I had was an endurance model but with a horn....this one is a little more chooshie though....I'll let y'all know next week how it rides. Can't wait to get out!!
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    07-15-2012, 05:43 PM
QOS - That saddle looks a great deal like my Bighorn and I love it. Enjoy!
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    07-15-2012, 08:08 PM
I have 2 trail saddles. 1 is Tucker High Plains saddle with short wide horn, I actually use it for speed games as well as trail riding because the fenders are more forward hung and the swells are nice and wide, the cantle is 5" tall so this saddle really keeps you in.. not to mention the cushioning for your tush is legendary with the Tuckers :)

My second trail saddle is this Big Horn endurance saddle with this gel cushioning - very comfy saddle, the leather is buttery soft since being new (have had it for 2 years now), it's got flexible bars and so far has fit EVERY horse I put it on, that included mutton-withered superwide QH tank built mare and my skinny small shouldered Saddlebred gelding that has very prominent withers..
It looks like this:

I would not give these up for anything.. great saddes

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