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        09-10-2012, 11:42 AM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by Jolly Badger    
    One of my best friends trail rides in an English saddle (Wintec), and I have known other people who ride in dressage saddles comfortably. There is really no reason why you can't ride in an English saddle on trail, especially if you're already comfortable and have a balanced seat in that style of saddle, and as long as the saddle fits your horse well.

    I rode English for most of my life (arena-riding, huntseat, jumping, some dressage) and when I started riding trail I used my close-contact jumping saddle just because that's what I had. Not bad for shorter trips, but it's really not designed for that type of riding.

    I ride in a western saddle now (Tucker) though I kind of regret buying a saddle with a horn since it really serves no purpose and gets in the way more than anything. But. . .well. . .it's a Tucker saddle and I love it.

    There are several saddle-makers (Tucker included) that do English-style endurance and trail saddles and I would give serious thought to getting one of them.


    Thanks for that tip.
         
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        09-10-2012, 12:03 PM
      #12
    Showing
    I trail ride in my English saddles. Always have. It's more about what you find most comfortable, than the type of saddle.

    I'd really like to have a Tucker endurance with English rigging someday. Until then, I'm just as happy riding in my Stubben or Wintec.
         
        09-10-2012, 04:40 PM
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    Weanling
    Thanks a LOT guys. Now I'm REALLY confused. I guess I'll just have to trade off until I figure out which one I like best, or maybe use English for short rides and my endurance saddle for long ones. I did buy a felt Down Under saddle blanket with pockets that fits both my endurance and englsih saddle, so If I need to carry something when I ride English (And DEFINITELY a hoof pick, always, LOL) I can use that. Thanks for all of the ideas, and I'll let you know what happens. WIsh me luck!!
         
        09-13-2012, 11:33 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Well just going to say I have used my dressage saddle for months, just got an aussie saddle that I have yet to ride in. Figured it was safer than tying all my bags to the billets lol.

         
        09-13-2012, 11:53 AM
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    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    Well just going to say I have used my dressage saddle for months, just got an aussie saddle that I have yet to ride in. Figured it was safer than tying all my bags to the billets lol.
    That looks nice
    Is it any heavier than the dressage saddle you have?
    The weight is one of my biggest concerns
         
        09-13-2012, 12:07 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    That is my dressage saddle lol, it worked ok. Not the best for tying stuff too. Below is my Aussie. I think it weights about 20-25lbs, but I'm used to carrying my dressage saddle around with one finger lol, it does only weigh 7lbs afterall.

         
        09-13-2012, 12:16 PM
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    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    That is my dressage saddle lol, it worked ok. Not the best for tying stuff too. Below is my Aussie. I think it weights about 20-25lbs, but I'm used to carrying my dressage saddle around with one finger lol, it does only weigh 7lbs afterall.
    Oops - Had to find my glasses and stop the light from glaring on the computer screen to see it properly!!!
    How is Izzie coping with the extra weight - did she seem to notice it even?
         
        09-13-2012, 12:22 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    She was more pissed about being in a stall than having that on. But I have ridden her in a western saddle so I'm sure she will be fine with it. I can't ride in it yet, I don't have a girth that fits.
         
        09-13-2012, 01:04 PM
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    I love riding english, but after my riding accident, it hurts so bad to ride english, so I'm back to completely western, instead of both...

    I always thought western was more fun to trail ride in, though... and english was more fun for playing around in the open w/t/c...
         
        09-13-2012, 03:41 PM
      #20
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    Green Broke
    I have rode in Western, Aussie and Endurance. I like all of them. Never rode in an English saddle except for a few seconds in the arena!

    I loved my Aussies (had horned and no horn) as they have the poleys for security. I like my no horn Aussie as it is very much like an English saddle.

    My new Endurance saddle is very comfortable and light weight. It probably weighs around 20 lbs. Tons of ties - 4 on each side so plenty of places to tie darn near anything I need. Slim pommel that I can grab for security if I feel the need. Rings galore to attach stuff to.

    I got rid of my first two Aussies like an idiot. I bought another one without a horn to use while my new Endurance was being made. I have only rode in it a few times but liked it.

    Ride in which ever you feel most comfortable in. There are no rules in trail riding - one of my riding buddies rides in a Steele Plantation that looks very much like an English Saddle. She never rides in anything but that no matter what! Some of my buddies have rode English and Western on the same ride with me on one of the Aussies. All riding the same terrain without an issue.

    Glad you got back into riding...I did too at 50 years old and am loving it. (the avatar picture is me in the horned Aussie riding out at Tyrrell Park with Hildebrandt Bayou in the back)
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