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    02-22-2012, 12:30 PM
Looking for a new Trail Saddle

Ok, so I'm looking for a new trail saddle.. Right now I am riding in a crates, but it isnt mine. I havent been looking for long, but from what I've found and what I hear from some friends a Guffey is a good option for a good price as I am not wanting to spend a fortune. I like the crates I am riding in also... Any opinions on these two saddles or any other good trail saddles for a decent price?
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    02-22-2012, 12:40 PM
Welcome to the forum!

I got two made for me by Southerntrails (a member here). Love them. Kevin will work with you on design and price. Western Saddles, Trail Saddles, Barrel Saddle, Ranch Saddle
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    02-22-2012, 01:48 PM
There are many good used saddles on various web sites. Try tacktraders. You can narrow down your search by brand name.
    02-22-2012, 06:08 PM
The more you look around the better! Try to ride in a couple different styles to see what you like, and don't forget to google ;)
Don't get stuck just looking at trail saddles, a lot of barrel racing saddles are really comfortable for long hours in the saddle because of the deeper seat and the angle of the swell.

Happy Hunting!
    02-22-2012, 11:22 PM
Depends on what you call a fortune. With the exception of a treeless saddle I use only for training (teaching them to accept a saddle and get use being saddled and the extra weight on their back while under 4 yo) I have my saddles made to my horses measurements.
Also take into account how much you ride. If you only ride a few miles a week then a saddle that is close to the correct size (gullet, bar width and length) for your horse should be ok. Just make sure it's never to narrow. A little wide you can pad up, but narrow is only going to give your horse a sore back and likely end up not wanting to be saddled or ridden.

That being said, I'm may not be the best person to recommend saddles, because I look at saddles for usually riding over 25 miles a day on multiple days. That's why I have them made. For me a $750 - $1,000 custom made Trooper is reasonable. My horse won't have down time recovering from a sore back after riding 100 miles and it will outlast the horse, so figure I get my money's worth out of it.

But....if you do a lot of riding, I recommend a Trooper that fits your horse. Allows better airflow along the back than other saddle styles. The seat is slightly suspended above the back so never any pressure on the spine. Weight is well displaced over a wide area along the back. Some makers still use bronze or brass for the pommel and cantle portion of the frame which attaches to the wood bars. That allows them to adjust the size if needed (horses backs can change over time) providing they offer that service (they might not).
    02-23-2012, 10:14 AM
Take a look at the trail riding models made by Duett Sattlerei
    02-23-2012, 11:38 AM
Duett is strictly English.
    02-23-2012, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Duett is strictly English.
Trail saddle does not equal western saddle exclusively

When I trail ride I do so on a Wintec 250 AP. Works just fine for up to two hours (longest I've been out) at w/t/c on fields, flats, hills, and woods. Plenty of good cantle and pommel bags for them too.

    02-23-2012, 12:51 PM
Originally Posted by mildot    
Trail saddle does not equal western saddle exclusively
She rides in a Crates - that is a Western saddle as is a Guffey
    02-23-2012, 01:45 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
She rides in a Crates - that is a Western saddle as is a Guffey
No idea what those were. So I offered what I know.

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