Originally Posted by HagonNag
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.
This is so very scary. I've become more and more leary of saddles with horns. Obviously certain disciplines like roping need them. But most trail riders I go with have horns and it's really not necessary. Going up a hill I lightly bumped my stomach on the horn and man it hurt!
I've read stories about people who were practically impaled on the horn and a lot of stories of women getting their bra stuck on it, getting them stuck on a freaking out horse.
It's just something I don't need so why deal with it. I love the Abetta endurance saddles. I've read great things about them and they are so affordable. I also love the pricier Circle Y hornless saddles as well.