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  • Abetta endurance saddle in new zealand

 
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    03-01-2010, 09:26 AM
  #41
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Originally Posted by skittle1120    
WOW!!! I never dreamed a "cheap" wintec or abetta would ever cost that much, but I guess I didn't figure in import costs for you guys in New Zealand...

I'm glad your friend has a good one... I've never had one myself, but my cousin has trashed a couple already and she barely rides unless I'm going with her...
An abetta endurance saddle is $555 CDN.
While I bought 3 a few years ago they do have problems and I am about to run a post on these problems.
     
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    03-01-2010, 10:17 AM
  #42
Foal
I ride in a Legacy saddle just like this one but mine has a gel seat. Go out on 5 to 8 hour rides without a problem.
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    03-01-2010, 12:03 PM
  #43
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Originally Posted by RiosDad    
An abetta endurance saddle is $555 CDN.
While I bought 3 a few years ago they do have problems and I am about to run a post on these problems.

If I remember correctly, you posted a while back that you ride hard everyday right?
     
    03-01-2010, 02:16 PM
  #44
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Originally Posted by skittle1120    
If I remember correctly, you posted a while back that you ride hard everyday right?
Not hard every day. An average week is 4 or 5 times. With my older guy nearly every night I would saddle up, walk out the laneway , pick up a lope for 10 miles which brought me back home, step off, loosen the girth and walk him in the lane, bath, grain and put him back in the field. I would do this up to 7 nights a week, never time off for injuryies of lameness, not once in 17 years.
My new young guy gets 4 or 5 workouts a week, easy 1 to 2 hour rides, mostly at a jog. I don't want to hurt him. He has had some 7 days a week weeks but not many yet.
     
    03-01-2010, 02:18 PM
  #45
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Originally Posted by NHCavalry    
I ride in a Legacy saddle just like this one but mine has a gel seat. Go out on 5 to 8 hour rides without a problem.
The riging would both me. When you pull the girth up tight it is pulling down right over the weithers. Unless you snugged the saddle down tight with the back cince you will have a saddle that flips up at the back.
Also the seat looks hard.
     
    03-01-2010, 02:56 PM
  #46
Green Broke
I just wanted to mention, as a side note. Aussie saddles (well made ones) are great for a lot of hours in the saddle and you can't beat 'em for comfort (unless you go for a Tucker!) but they don't suit all horses well. I rode my QH in one for years and loved it, but had to sell it when I got my draft crosses. You need a good set of withers or they get a bit unstable.
     
    03-01-2010, 10:41 PM
  #47
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Originally Posted by rum4    
Really like my Tucker Endurance saddle. Have ridden for 9 hours with no issues...
Gotta agree. Only 8 hours in my Tucker Gen II Endurance, but my butt and knees were still happy at the end of the trail!

My horse was fine too, and ready to go the next day.
     
    03-01-2010, 11:01 PM
  #48
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Originally Posted by RiosDad    
The riging would both me. When you pull the girth up tight it is pulling down right over the weithers. Unless you snugged the saddle down tight with the back cince you will have a saddle that flips up at the back.
Also the seat looks hard.

Never use the back cinch and never had a problem with flipping up. I do cowboy mounted shooting and gymkhanas with this saddle. With the gel seat it's very comfortable.
     
    03-02-2010, 08:55 PM
  #49
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Originally Posted by QOS    
I have 3 saddles that I trail ride in.

My first is a Billy Cook Trail Saddle - I ride it with Crooked Stirrups so my knees aren't killing me. It is a very comfortable saddle for me. Unfortunately, it put white marks on my gelding and thank God, Billy Cook is building me a new saddle. That was in November and I still haven't got it back. In the mean time I bought a

Steele Old Timer saddle in December. It fits my boy pretty well and is comfortable for awhile - it is just a tad too wide in the twist for me and after about 30 minutes or so my pelvic bones are not happy so I bought an

Aussie Down Under Wizzard Poley for myself a Christmas present. It is simply fabulous. I have only taken one longish ride in it (about 2.5 hours) and it was simply the most comfortable saddle. I love it.

I will probably sell the Steele or hopefully can trade it for something else. I might sell the Billy Cook when I get it back. I love my Aussie that much! I would like to one day buy a really nice Aussie saddle.
I just noticed this thread came back up and zoned in on the Steele saddle. I have been seriously considering getting a Steele Frontier but looking at the twist I wondered if it would be as comfortable as a flatter seat position would be. I'm so glad I read your post, thanks so much for the input.
I've also been looking at a Crest ridge. I sat on one at our state horse expo a few weeks ago. She has really improved the quality of her saddles and the seat look flatter. To me a flat seat is more comfy on a long ride, more so than one that forces me into a certain position.
     
    03-04-2010, 10:30 PM
  #50
QOS
Green Broke
I actually sold the Steele this afternoon. I would have really liked to have traded for a Steele that would fit. My stable mate has a Plantation Steele and it is fabulous and fits me better in the twist than mine did. That is the only reason I sold it. It is well made and comfortable for those it fits!

Wow and ouch on the prices in NZ. I guess we are lucky with all of the choices! I can't wait to get my Billy Cook saddle back. If it doesn't fit Red it will be for sale! I was told that Billy Cook himself if making it so hopefully, it will fit my boy!!!
     

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