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post #11 of 51 Old 06-13-2008, 04:48 PM
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Re: Trail Riding saddles

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I considered putting this into the tack forum but it might work better in here.
For those of you ride horses on trails on a regular basis, what saddle do you find is most comfortable?

I have looked at the australian saddles but I'm sure there are more comfortable saddles than those for trails.

All input is muchly appreciated
Aussie saddles are the best saddles EVER for trail riding! They are extremly comfortable. I would get one of the leather ones, though not one of the cheaper wintec ones. They arent too heavy either. They sit you deep and they have the bucking rolls aka polleys to hold you in. They also have quick release stirrups. I absoloutly LOVE mine. My butt has never been sore from riding in it and I put on hundreds of miles a week on my horses. Look into a Aussie...you wont be dissapointed! The australian stock saddle co. Is a great company to look into. Plus, you can get one with or without a horn.

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post #12 of 51 Old 07-01-2008, 10:07 AM
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I have always liked my Fabtron saddle but I need a new size. It is very light, it can take a beating because it is nylon and synthetic. Best of all it's made in the USA. It has a very good rating online.
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Cheyenne barefoot treeless saddle. My saddle and it is wuvly. Sooo nice, when ever im finnished my rides I don't want to get off, haha.
http://www.barefootsaddles.net/intro.htm

Bahh I miss it, lol. Am at uni for 2 months..so have to wait for the next holidays. :roll:

I used to ride in a .....um....was some wintec saddle. I bought that second hand and it lasted me like 5 years of hard out riding, was an awsom saddle untill the end...were it started to give me a sore bum on long rides and didnt fit my boy anymore so I sold it.

Also I have a cair GP wintec saddle aswell. That saddle is really nice to sit in too, is a great saddle. But I love my treeless more

I love you. I have been searching for those for weeks! I had seen them once before and they look fantastic!
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post #14 of 51 Old 07-02-2008, 03:50 PM
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Re: Trail Riding saddles

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Originally Posted by My2Geldings
I considered putting this into the tack forum but it might work better in here.
For those of you ride horses on trails on a regular basis, what saddle do you find is most comfortable?

I have looked at the australian saddles but I'm sure there are more comfortable saddles than those for trails.

All input is muchly appreciated
The Aussie saddles are the most comfy trail saddles around, at least for me. They set you deep in the saddle and allow your hips to have more free action in the saddle. My seat bones have NEVER been sore in a Aussie. The Tuckers are also nice, but the Aussie saddles are alot nicer. They arent very heavy either. They were meant to be used in the Australian outback for days and weeks at a time. You shouldnt overlook a Aussie! Lol They come in many shapes and sizes and forms so you can find one that fits you and your horse.

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post #15 of 51 Old 07-10-2008, 12:51 AM
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I ride in Western saddles. Most often a custom saddle I had built for me.

I need a saddle that is comfortable for me to ride all day in. That I can throw some paniers over and use to pack. Something I can tie lots of crap on.



I keep a couple of smaller saddles for my daughters
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post #16 of 51 Old 07-11-2008, 04:04 PM
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Wow, I'm impressed with the pics of the pack horse. That looks like fun! The Barefoot treeless saddles are so comfortable, I ride in the Arizona, http://gallopinggrape.com/barefootarizona.aspx and when I want leather I ride in a Dakota.
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post #17 of 51 Old 07-16-2008, 10:35 PM
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I have a cheap Aussie and I love it. My seat doesn't get sore, and in my Western saddle it did, even with a fleece seat pad. I also don't get the sore knees (bc of the narrow stirrup leathers) that I get from a Western saddle. I have the surge panels on the bottom bc they fit my horse better, but you can also get the fleece style. I guess it depends on your price range, but I didn't want to spend big bucks at this point.
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post #18 of 51 Old 07-22-2008, 01:54 PM
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I have some used Barefoots on sale... they are AWESOME to ride in. This one is $150 off http://gallopinggrape.com/barefootch...hleathers.aspx
Otherwise you can check out the many other styles we have.
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post #19 of 51 Old 07-30-2008, 11:51 AM
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I am interested in the barefoot saddles. They look very comfortable for the rider, but I have heard that without a tree the rider's weight is not distributed so the horse develops sore spots where the bulk of the weight would be, especially if you have a not-so-good rider who bounces more or is unbalanced. But it seems like people like them. I like the idea that it would fit a lot of horses, and my hard-to-fit mare, but I am hesitant to go treeless. My Aussie fits about the best of anything I tried, but I still think it is too tight on her withers. I can get a hand in there when it's cinched, but it's a squeeze. All other western saddles I tried did the bridging thing, and/or were tight in the withers. Anyway, I would be interested in trying out the barefoot at some point (it's kind of pricey but worth it if it works and would fit my next horse) but am worried about the pressure on the spine and so on. Any opinions on that specifically? I just trail ride. I did try a Tucker on my mare at one time that seemed to fit well also, but it was also higher priced.
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post #20 of 51 Old 07-30-2008, 02:45 PM
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I love my western, it's a bighorn and I don't think you can get htem in all leather anymore... I just like the westerns....
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