I just got an Abetta Endurance saddle and I love it. I read somewhere that you need a wider cinch for endurance saddles, is this true? What kind of cinch do you think works well with this saddle? I ride a couple of times a week, sometimes all day rides (but not nearly the amount of riding that you do). We ride on a lot of steep mountain trails. Thanks a bunch!
I like the saddle also or I wouldn't spend the time on them but stock they have problems. A big complaint is the swing of the stirrups back and forht?? They don't swing. The rigging in western and you have the rigging right under your leg. This becomes iritating and slowly wears a hole in the fender and your leg. The inner strap on the sturrip catches on the billet or long western nylon strap.
There is a small cross strap under the seat that also limits forwards motion of the stirrups, cut this right away.
I don't run the western girth. I have custom billeting made to replace the western rigging and it is dead center in the saddle moving the girth back from the elbows.
I run a 24 inch dressage girth with elastics for breathing.
I also run a big fluffy bad under the girth to protect the horse.
Your stock western girth will be fine, again it is the rigging that bothers me. The rigging is too far forward for my comfort.
It would be considered full or 7/8th rigging while I like more along the line of 50.
I do spend alot of time in my saddle and over the last 7 days he was been out 8 days, so yes my saddle sees alot of use. I also find my butt gets sore after too many hours so I run a really nice sheep skin stretch tight, screwed down and custom fit for a really soft seat.
So I do like the saddle, the girth is fine but you could consider a nice cheap pad and if the lack of swing of the stirrups doens't bother you then you are good to go. I am heavy, about 193 pounds so wear on mine will be alot more then you.
In 4 years I am still on my first saddle but with rebuilds and modifications.
I also strip the saddle down to the bare tree and custom fit the tree to the horse but that is not necessary. I am just annal about his fit but BUT if you ever notice him humping his back when you first mount him, if he acts the least bit broncy when you first mount then look into it.
Good luck and beside my ortho flex it is one of the best saddle I have ever owned.