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post #11 of 21 Old 09-27-2013, 11:46 AM
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Joe have you tried out the specialized ones yet? if so, did you like it?

I just found out there is a dealer in my county, which makes me super excited since we don't really have any saddle-fitters (western/endurance style) that are around me.

I'm going to have him come out fit my horse next year when I get some $$ saved up.

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post #12 of 21 Old 09-27-2013, 11:52 AM
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I'm with Celeste, I'm still kicking myself for selling on my Abetta endurance, that thing was light, sooo comfortable and fitted my horse well. For the price it doesn't have to last a life time, use it for a few years, then just get another one if it wears out.
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post #13 of 21 Old 09-29-2013, 08:33 AM
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I've got a Big Horn leather/cordura and I love it. Doubt it weighs 14 lbs.

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The Big Horn leather/corduras hold up very well. In my line of work, saddle repair, I've seen very cheap stirrup "leathers" made out of seat belt material and boy do they stretch. Big Horn's system is excellent. The endurance are excellent for trail riding, no horn to get caught on low branches.
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post #14 of 21 Old 09-29-2013, 10:45 AM
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I love my Circle Y flex tree western rigged hornless saddle. Bought it about a year ago. Not sure of the weight, seems light to me, has lots of strings and ties for saddle bags, slickers and such.

Very comfortable for long all day rides and works for all my horses. It doesn't make my knees hurt at the end of the day. When I ride it is usually a 3 to 6 hour ride. Not having that horn is nice on the trail for going under the low hanging branches.
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post #15 of 21 Old 09-29-2013, 04:07 PM
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been riding flash in the tucker Gen II bayou plantation, figured it was close enough to get some muscle on him, good sweat marks but did seem a bit tight on the withers. well rode pretty good yesterday 18 miles lot of trotting , and alot of head up jigging from nerves, either saddle the jigging or me, he ended up with a very sore back this AM,
So definetly gotta do something, hoping to find a used 17" specialized, lots of 15-16's out there.
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post #16 of 21 Old 10-08-2013, 12:54 PM
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Im a big fan of trooper saddles for my gaited horses and will occasionally toss one on my Appy, but for all day trail riding on a non gaited horse I LOVE my Tucker 270 round skirt saddle with the over sized military stirrups.

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post #17 of 21 Old 10-08-2013, 12:58 PM
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Tucker's can run a tad narrow....
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post #18 of 21 Old 10-08-2013, 10:39 PM
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My treeless Sensation is under twenty pounds and is an amazing ride. Fits a variety of horses and is by no means a cheap brand saddle.'
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post #19 of 21 Old 10-10-2013, 03:31 PM
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I have an Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle - it is the Renegade Endurance style and I love it. It fits my horse which is primary and it does have a supracore seat so it is pretty dang cushy.

It weighs around 22 to 24 lbs. I have rode in Hubby's Billy Cook saddle which is a trail saddle but while it is comfortable it is much heavier at around 27 to 28 lbs. I recently had back surgery and can still pick up this saddle and place it on my 15.1 QH gelding with no problems.

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post #20 of 21 Old 10-11-2013, 01:37 AM
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I ride an Australian saddle with poleys. Very light comfortable and inexpensive.
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