Your ideas for the ideal trail riding saddle - The Horse Forum

 59Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 85
• Horses: 0
Your ideas for the ideal trail riding saddle

Hi all, love to get your opinions on this!
Here is a photo of the main trail riding saddle I make

It has solid brass hardware, padded seat, choc brown leather, breastplate dees, hoof pick holder and aluminium stirrups with rubber tread.

I want to develop another style and i'd like your help on what things you look for in an ideal trail riding saddle? What would like to see added and what changes would you make?

Photos of your favourite saddle to go trail riding in would be great too :)

Thanks!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg trail sadle.jpg (56.2 KB, 236 views)
teresa60 likes this.

"A Horse without a rider is still a horse but a rider without a horse is only a human" www.matthewssaddlery.com.au
ReneeM is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 07:23 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Posts: 3,440
• Horses: 8
Some things I see in your photo that are missing, at least for me, you don't have anything to tie saddle bags to the saddle and there isn't a rear cinch.

We just bought a used Aussie saddle. I'm waiting to try it out because we have to order a cinch for it. I like the idea they have with not much skirting behind the seat. For western saddles, I like the rounded skirting instead of the square type, especially if you do extended rides.
Posted via Mobile Device
usandpets is offline  
post #3 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 07:31 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Georgia USA
Posts: 6,539
• Horses: 1
I agree about the saddle needing a smaller skirt. It also could use some places to hang things. Another thing, the stirrup leathers should be turned so that the stirrups hang nicely. For long distances, I would use endurance stirrups.

I like a saddle horn; some people do not. They are afraid that they will be injured by it. Making a horn free version might be a selling point.

Celeste
Celeste is offline  
post #4 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 07:42 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 12,766
• Horses: 2
Turned finders are an absolute must, and a bonus would be padded angled stirrups. I also like a memory foam, or other sort of padded seat, you may notice a trend here, I like my comfort.

I second the places to tie stuff, round skirts, definitely there should be a hornless option.

Muses..cup holder, set belts, DVD no not going to happen
ReneeM and CowboyBob like this.
Golden Horse is online now  
post #5 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 08:06 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 521
• Horses: 12
I agree with everyone, other then I ride alot and I'd rather not have the padding, but rear cinch and saddle strings would be a must. I would rather have rigging for the rear cinch rather them a hole in the skirting, stirrup leathers should be turned. I would like a bigger saddle horn, I like small maching saddle pockits, I like rough out leather better and I couldn't tell but just to be nit picky :) I have never liked the bard wire tooling but that's just me being....... The picture I am posting is a little bit of a dream saddle.wade_eugene_side.jpg
smrobs, flytobecat, ReneeM and 2 others like this.
CowboyBob is offline  
post #6 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 08:09 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 521
• Horses: 12
what is the price on the saddles you are making?
CowboyBob is offline  
post #7 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 08:24 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,121
• Horses: 24
I second what pretty much everyone else has said, you might want to make a round-skirted option (not everyone likes round skirts though, so keep the square skirt option as well), saddle strings are a must, a back cinch (like Bob said, an actual rigging instead of slits in the skirt) is also a must.

Another thing you might consider is making it on a tree that would withstand pulling so that a person could put a rope on a log or tree blocking the trail and drag it out of the way without worrying about breaking their tree. I like a rawhide covered wood tree. It makes things a bit heavier, but IMHO, it's worth it to have the added sturdiness.

My favorite "trail" saddle is actually my ranch saddle, it's got a nice deep seat, the fenders are back enough to keep my leg more underneath me.



Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #8 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 08:52 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,220
• Horses: 1
I second everything said. Rigging is a MUST for me. If I can't tie on saddle bags at the very LEAST, I will not buy a saddle to trail ride in.

Since everyone else has addressed that though, I'll say I like a trail saddle with a nice deep seat that isn't going to hurt my back. Some ranch style saddle are very good at this.
Corporal and ReneeM like this.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
SorrelHorse is offline  
post #9 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 09:06 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 1,646
• Horses: 1
Very much a non-expert, but what I looked for when buying my saddle was, first of all, the weight. At 6' and close to 200 lbs, I'm a load for a horse to carry for hours. I don't want to add 10-20 lbs of extra saddle weight, especially things that are just for looks.

I didn't want a horn (no way am I going to be roping cows!), but attachments for saddle bags (or a cantle bag) were necessities. And like a couple of other commenters, I wonder why the stirrups can't be turned 90 degrees...
ReneeM likes this.
jamesqf is online now  
post #10 of 53 Old 04-25-2013, 09:14 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Georgia USA
Posts: 6,539
• Horses: 1
I will mention about the saddle you put on in the first post; I like the swede seat. It gives a lot of sticking power.
ReneeM and teresa60 like this.

Celeste
Celeste is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
English saddle trail riding? musicalmarie1 Trail Riding 20 02-04-2013 11:51 AM
western saddle for trail riding Sheepdog Horse Tack and Equipment 11 12-09-2012 05:04 AM
Barrel Saddle...... Are they good for general riding, trail/pleasure riding ? nyg052003 Horse Tack and Equipment 7 10-24-2012 08:24 PM
Ideal position - saddle question Lonannuniel Jumping 1 06-16-2012 08:06 PM
What do people think are the ideal riding breed is? Caitlinpalomino Horse Breeds 33 11-30-2010 01:32 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome