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post #21 of 42 Old 07-15-2012, 08:18 PM
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I currently own/ride in a Tucker Cheyenne trail saddle. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the saddle. It's beautifully made, it's well-worn and has traveled many, many miles in all kinds of weather. I love everything about it: except for the fact that it has a horn.

Maybe it's just because I grew up riding hunter/jumper, but I don't like that kind of bulk in a saddle. Balance should come from yourself - your body position - not the tack you're using. If you need a horn to feel "secure," you need to work more on your own balance.

I just have no "use" for a saddle horn and feel like it gets in the way more often than it is helpful. If we're climbing a steep hill, or if I have to lean forward to duck under a branch, I'd rather not have to deal with the horn even being there.

Yeah. . .it is something to hang horn bags from, but my front saddle bags attach to the d-rings and pommel so (again) the horn is just kind of there.

My next saddle will not have a horn.
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post #22 of 42 Old 07-15-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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My horn is just kinda "there" too . Since I ride bareback , I have pretty darn good balance . IF I need to grab something in a "oh crap!" moment ,it's the mane .

I think I'm going with a AMTS Renegade Endurance saddle as my next saddle .
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post #23 of 42 Old 07-15-2012, 10:27 PM
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LOL be sure and tell Staci I sent you!!!

Last year I was riding in Louisiana and one of the ladies there was riding in an AMTS black Renegade Endurance. She loved hers too!

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post #24 of 42 Old 07-15-2012, 11:00 PM
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I know people who have gotten hurt on horns and others who won't ride without one. I love my Aussie saddle also and the polleys and deep seat really make a horn unnecessary. As long as you have a good deep seat, that should help keep you in place even in some of the worst spook or startle episodes.
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post #25 of 42 Old 07-25-2012, 09:26 AM
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I wouldn't mind a hornless saddle but all of the ones I like have horns go figure. My pommels will fit on a hornless saddle as well if they have an opening for the Velcro straps to go through. Not all hornless saddles have an opening.
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post #26 of 42 Old 07-25-2012, 09:57 AM
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QOS-what a nice saddle! Really looks comfortable & looks nice on Biscuit, too. Congratulations! Hope the weather co-operates soon & you get some trail time.
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post #27 of 42 Old 07-25-2012, 12:53 PM
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It is raining AGAIN right now. Ugh. It would be great to get 1" of rain a week - but 1" or more every day is making for sloppy or no riding.

I rode in the arena yesterday and Monday. It does have a cover but it is not an indoor arena. I made a short ride Sunday up at Ebenezer park. My feet went numb so I didn't ride but 1.5 miles. I changed the endurance stirrups to standard western stirrups and rode Monday and yesterday without my feet going numb. I liked the saddle - it just needs to be broke in and more conditioning in the fenders. I ordered Bick 4 conditioner and hope it should be here in a few days.

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post #28 of 42 Old 07-25-2012, 02:26 PM
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I grew up riding bareback, then huntseat, so I never learned to use a horn. I have a Specialized Saddle now and I love it.
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post #29 of 42 Old 07-27-2012, 11:27 PM
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I was able to get out for a short ride today and the saddle is getting more comfortable with each ride. I ordered the Bick 4 conditioner and am going to work at getting the fenders softer and getting rid of the squeak. I like the no horn too - but it does have a place to grab hold of it I need it. It isn't very heavy either and I really like that!!!
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post #30 of 42 Old 07-28-2012, 12:16 PM
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I ride an eli miller endurance saddle without a horn and with crossfire rigging. Ever since my husband bruised his lungs on his horn, I've been leery of them and since I don't rope cattle, I figured I could do without it. Jim hurt himself out riding...but it was the next day that he thought he was dying! The ER doctor said it was exactly the same injury that people in car accidents walk away with...and fall over dead the next day. He bruised the inside of his lungs on that horn. I'm quite happy without one.
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