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    12-14-2012, 06:03 PM
  #11
Weanling
Like has been said, a lot depends on what you're going to be doing. There are a lot of variations of what is commonly called "trail riding". For me, trail riding means a loooong ride in the mountains. That means I have to carry food, maybe for multiple days, flashlight, gloves, maybe a small first-aid kit, and any number of other odds and ends. While I love leather, leather saddle bags of any decent quality will set you back anywhere from $80-$150. I like canvas bags. They last forever and are very water resistant. I like a large set, in the 10X12" range. I don't do any cantering on the trial, so I don't worry about flopping against the horse's kidneys. I have had occasion, though, when a faster gait was necessary and the horse didn't seem to mind that much, for a short burst, but it is rather ungainly for a long canter.

My father tried one of those full-outfit cantle bags that has saddlebags and a large zippered bag for a sleeping bag or coat, etc. He really didn't like it much. Wasn't as versatile as our large canvas bags. Also, the canvas seems to be more durable than the nylon. Just my experience.

The canvas saddlebags in the photo are about 40 years old, and have suffered through hundreds, if not thousands, of trail miles. I have to admit, we don't take good care of them either. Tough bags.
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    12-15-2012, 07:06 AM
  #12
Foal
I like the slim no-bounce type of saddle bags like Painted Horse mentioned.

My favorite brand is Snug-Pax ( Search results for: Snug Pax,saddle packs and bags,horse,english saddle bag,english pommel bag. )
They offer so many different designs for different saddles, and they will customize packs to suit your needs or preferences.

I also like Stowaway bags from EasyCare.
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    12-15-2012, 08:47 AM
  #13
Yearling
Hey Raigen, you overwhelmed yet? Hahaha! A lot to take in for sure.
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    12-15-2012, 06:52 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by goneriding    
Hey Raigen, you overwhelmed yet? Hahaha! A lot to take in for sure.
Haha just a little! But it's stuff I need to know so it's all good :)
     
    12-15-2012, 06:53 PM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by thenrie    
Like has been said, a lot depends on what you're going to be doing. There are a lot of variations of what is commonly called "trail riding". For me, trail riding means a loooong ride in the mountains. That means I have to carry food, maybe for multiple days, flashlight, gloves, maybe a small first-aid kit, and any number of other odds and ends. While I love leather, leather saddle bags of any decent quality will set you back anywhere from $80-$150. I like canvas bags. They last forever and are very water resistant. I like a large set, in the 10X12" range. I don't do any cantering on the trial, so I don't worry about flopping against the horse's kidneys. I have had occasion, though, when a faster gait was necessary and the horse didn't seem to mind that much, for a short burst, but it is rather ungainly for a long canter.

My father tried one of those full-outfit cantle bags that has saddlebags and a large zippered bag for a sleeping bag or coat, etc. He really didn't like it much. Wasn't as versatile as our large canvas bags. Also, the canvas seems to be more durable than the nylon. Just my experience.

The canvas saddlebags in the photo are about 40 years old, and have suffered through hundreds, if not thousands, of trail miles. I have to admit, we don't take good care of them either. Tough bags.
Do you have a website I could visit? Sounds like a good bag! And also, when I said trail riding, I meant like maybe a walk through our woods, no long trips. At least not yet! A whole weekend of camping and trail riding with horses sounds amazing!
     
    12-15-2012, 11:09 PM
  #16
Weanling
I think we bought ours through Colorado Saddlery, but that was about 40 years ago when we had a tack dealership in North Carolina and Colorado Saddlery was one of our suppliers. I haven't seen saddlebags like ours in many years, but there are some around that are similar. Most are a bit smaller than ours. You might query "canvas saddlebags" on Google and see what you get.

I have seen a some with a single closure strap. I like bags with two straps, because I normally leave the front one loose. The rear strap keeps the bag closed - keeps sticks, pine needles, and water out - but I can still reach into it and grab a candy bar or what-not without having to mess with a buckle. That's handy when you have one hand on the reins and the other on a lead rope of your pack horse.

Also, I have found that some smaller bags hang a bit too high, making it tough to get into them when you have a coat and slicker tied behind the cantle. I never go out into the mountains without my coat tied on. You just never know what might happen. It's sure nice to have a coat if you get stranded overnight.

And yes, making a long pack trip is one of the best things in life...at least for me. Even an overnighter with horses is a wonderful thing. Head out, ride a while, find a nice camp, spend the night, and ride back the next day. You don't even need a pack horse for that...just big saddlebags!.
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    12-18-2012, 09:55 AM
  #17
Weanling
We are doing the same kind of riding that thenrie is talking about. My boyfriend, whos a big guy, uses the Stowaway set that Phantomhorse has in her photo. He gets in a water bottle, spare socks and t-shirt, snack, a waterproof, and ID.
I use these ones : ORTLIEB Produkt-Details

Took a long time to find but they are working out very well. They sit over the saddle blanket so no rubbing. I changed the attachments from an Xof straps just behind the saddle to four small straps with clips that attach directly to the rings behind the cantle. There is a belly strap which virtually stops all flapping - if kept properly adjusted its no more cumbersome when moving through brush than the second cincha on a roping saddle. My mare, who is not the most level-headed at all times, doesnt have any problem if she brushes the pack against a tree and it pulls against her belly. Its attached by a clip to a ring on her girth.
I carry a human and equine first aid kit, waterproof, our papers, our lunch for the day, my diary, the map when were not needing it, water bottle, and even a small computer.
Quick photo of them on the horse, the first time out (the slack that you can see in the belly straps is now gone, since I adjusted it and sewed up the loose part) :
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    12-18-2012, 11:41 AM
  #18
Foal
How cool! :)
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    12-18-2012, 01:59 PM
  #19
Weanling
I like the look of that mare, Anna. I also like the look of that McClellan saddle. I have messaged you to try to find out who the maker is and about how much it set you back.
     
    12-18-2012, 06:36 PM
  #20
Started
I like a cantle bag. Less bulk. But then I'm not out for a looooong ride. Really importand stuff, like the satellite emergency thingie, phone and ID and limited first aide items I carry in a very small fanny pack attached to me just in case horse and rider part company.
Thenrie...I was going to ask the same thing re: Anna's saddle as to where it came from.
     

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