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View Poll Results: Horn or Hornless ?
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post #31 of 42 Old 07-28-2012, 12:46 PM
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Poor guy!!!! Glad he didn't keel over dead HagonNag!!!!

I got in the Bick 4 conditioner this morning and I have conditioned this saddle. It is squeaky but I guess that is to be expected with a new saddle.

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post #32 of 42 Old 07-29-2012, 11:59 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.
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.
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post #33 of 42 Old 07-30-2012, 12:58 AM
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I talked with a guy who was impaled on his horn but it was one of those metal horns that was six inches long with a round knob on top about one inch across. Normal horns can certainly cause bruising but it would have to be some impact to actually cause major damage. I don't think my horn can do more than bruise, it's four inches across.
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post #34 of 42 Old 08-01-2012, 06:09 PM
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I rode jumpers when I was young, but when I decided to trail ride now (40 years later trail riding sounds much safer LOL) I started looking for a big old western saddle. Then I came across a used endurnce saddle and I sat in just for the heck of it. It was sooo comfy andI liked the lighter weight for my baby girl so I ought it. She andboth love it, and I don't miss the horn at all . I figure if I have to jump something on the trail, it will be much safer, You can't see it very well, but here is a picture of it with my daughter riding
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post #35 of 42 Old 08-02-2012, 03:04 PM
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I -finally- have a decent picture of my saddle. This was right before a 6 mile trail ride up and down some crazy hills with narrow paths. It was really comfortable, and not having a horn helped me duck under low branches a few times as well as not getting hit in the gut going up steeper hills.

My sister was feeding him combos and bugels(sp?) before the ride and he was focused on her, so it made for a nice picture :)

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I know the picture is going to be big because I am using my iPad, so sorry ahead of time, and I posted it in a link because of that. I don't know how to resize it on an iPad without loosing the picture quality...

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post #36 of 42 Old 08-02-2012, 03:36 PM
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very nice!!! My cousin loves Circle Y...I have rode in one of hers once....It was pretty darn comfy

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post #37 of 42 Old 08-02-2012, 11:15 PM
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Haven't rode a horned saddle in 3 years.

Don't pretend to be a cowboy no more so it ain't missed.

Been on some some cantankerous ones too.
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post #38 of 42 Old 08-03-2012, 08:09 PM
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very nice!!! My cousin loves Circle Y...I have rode in one of hers once....It was pretty darn comfy
Thanks! I love my Circle Y! We also have a Circle Y barrel saddle, and it is pretty comfortable as well. Definitely a cheaper, quality saddle! :)
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post #39 of 42 Old 08-11-2012, 10:43 AM
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I talked with a guy who was impaled on his horn but it was one of those metal horns that was six inches long with a round knob on top about one inch across. Normal horns can certainly cause bruising but it would have to be some impact to actually cause major damage. I don't think my horn can do more than bruise, it's four inches across.
I know a man that broke his pelvis on a "normal" horn...and he was only walking at the time. His horse spooked and then fell.

Tha saddle that fits my Rocky best has a horn and I plan to take it to a shoe shop to have the horn cut off and new leather put on.
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post #40 of 42 Old 08-11-2012, 12:04 PM
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I absolutely adore my new barrel saddle on the trail. After 3 years of my dressage gear sliding around with every hill, I'm in heaven. The supple fenders haven't caused me one minute of knee or ankle grief and the seat is secure. I have already impaled myself, leaving a pretty decent bruise below my belly button, but that was on our first hardy sandhill climb. I've been cautious since. We've also been dabbling in some backyard shows this summer, in which case I've obviously been grateful to have the horn. For the last 10+ years, I've been strictly trail riding (except for our little dressage lessons) and would not have missed a horn at all. Given my recent little amateur show bug, I guess I'll live with it, lol.

The quality of this saddle is stellar. Barring any catastrophe, it is my last one, horn 'n all.
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