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    12-18-2012, 08:40 PM
Originally Posted by AnnaHalford    
We are doing the same kind of riding that thenrie is talking about. My boyfriend, who´s 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 ´X´of 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 it´s 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, doesn´t have any problem if she brushes the pack against a tree and it pulls against her belly. It´s 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 we´re 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) :
I see you're going without a bit. I always thought that would be interesting to do. How do you teach your horse to go without one?
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    12-18-2012, 08:50 PM
Ahhhh! Here you go. One of my favorite pictures of one of my favorite trips. This is lunch break at Big Lake up in the White Mountains of Arizona on the fifth day of a trip with my dad and oldest son. Elevation is 9,000 feet. This is how we celebrated my son's graduation from college, just before he entered med school.
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    12-18-2012, 08:52 PM
Originally Posted by thenrie    
Ahhhh! Here you go. One of my favorite pictures of one of my favorite trips. This is lunch break at Big Lake up in the White Mountains of Arizona on the fifth day of a trip with my dad and oldest son. Elevation is 9,000 feet. This is how we celebrated my son's graduation from college, just before he entered med school.
What a cool pic! Sounds like a fun trip :)
    12-19-2012, 12:43 PM
Originally Posted by thenrie    
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.
I did message you back with the details, thenrie. The saddle is by a French saddler, Malibaud. He makes about three models of saddle only, and offers a limited choice of rigging (double, v-adjustable, buckle, latigo etc.). They are really light, due in no small part to the tree, which is the same composite fibre that they make competition canoes out of. Ours set us back the best part of 2k euros, all included except stirrups because we had those. My boyfriend's saddle has a custom tree, too (larger). We are v happy with them.
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    12-23-2012, 01:27 PM
AnnaHalford- Could those packs fit on a draft horse?
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    12-23-2012, 02:00 PM
I have a McClellan saddle that dates back to the mid 1860s, from what I have been able to find from several reliable sources. The leather was pretty bad in places and had stitching coming loose at seams. It was not an actual military saddle, but a commercial copy, so it had little actual historical or collector value (they were a dime-a-dozen, so to speak). I stripped it down and am in the process of reinforcing the tree and intend to restore it to as close to original as I can.

I like the way your saddles look and like the way the accouterments fit to it (snaps on the saddle bags, etc). Looks very convenient and light for a long trip. I wonder whether they are better on the horse's back than a western saddle for a long ride. Good question for another thread, I suppose.
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    12-23-2012, 03:01 PM
When I rode on a cattle drive we used the pantleg from a pair of jeans. Tie one end shut, fill it then tie the other end shut. Worked for me. For shorter rides I'd turn a jacket inside out, tie one end, stuff a few things in there and tie the other end.
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    12-23-2012, 03:53 PM
I use the pant legs for my rain jackets. Take an old jean pant leg, Pull your slicker inside the pant leg and then tie it on behind the saddle. The deniem protects the slicker from twigs and other grabby branches when you ride through the thick stuff.
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    12-23-2012, 05:38 PM
If you spray the pantleg with Scorchguard it will waterproof it as well.
    12-24-2012, 09:21 AM
Originally Posted by RaigenB    
AnnaHalford- Could those packs fit on a draft horse?
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Yes. They come with many many different straps to fit on all kinds of saddles, and very detailed pictorial instructions (which somehow manage to be more complicated because they´re so detailed... ).

They have a firm foam backing on the side which touches the horse, and as you can see I take care to make sure they´re on the blanket so as not to rub the flanks. I don´t exceed 5 or 6 pounds in each (and that gets lighter during the day) and since we move at a walk there´s no problems with bouncing and we haven´t had any lumps or bumps from pressure. They can also be used as pommel bags and go in front of the leg (yes, really) so it´s possible to change their position if they did rub or otherwise bother the horse).

They are also pretty everything-proof (there´s an inner and an outer drawstring closure, plus the ´lid´part itself) and the material is very strong and hasn´t yet got the slightest nick on it from pushing brush or trees.

If I do have one complaint, it´d be that there´s no little inner pocket (for small things which otherwise settle under everything else). But I´m sewing one in so this is really very minor...

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