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    04-25-2013, 10:42 PM
I wouldn't consider myself a trail rider per say...but for spending long hours in the saddle I do ride the wade style that cowboybob posted a picture of. I have no preference as to square or rounded skirts, I base that on the conformation of the horse. I haven't noticed much difference in weight really. One thing I do like about Renee's saddle is the narrower fenders! I dislike the big wide ones. Wide fenders are cumbersome in my opinion. If I am going to spulge on cumbersome parts it would be the stirrups. I could dang near promise if you ride all day in a nice set of at least 4", I like the 5" but have 6" monel/brass bound wood stirrups(with or without blocks) you would throw those skinny tin stirrups in the trash. Also with cowboybob, and like smrobs saddle, I do not like a padded seat. I have had my ass rubbed raw more by padded seats than not.
I would consider different rigging styles and placement for fitting different horse conformations. Also strings are handy for attaching necessities. And if the saddle has horn a proper rope strap.
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    04-25-2013, 10:44 PM
Green Broke
Sometimes a more solid heavier tree is better especially if you are on the larger side.
I would only add that I prefer center fire rigging.
I so totally love your saddle Smrobs.
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    04-26-2013, 01:03 AM
Green Broke
Hasn't anyone had to turn their own stirrups before? I thought most new saddles came with them straight. I've heard using oil or very hot water to soften the leather. Then you turn them a little farther than you want them to be and put a stick through both to hold them until they dry.
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    04-26-2013, 01:09 AM
^^That's how we've always done ours. Pull them out of the box, sit them on a board across the water tank so that just the fenders are soaking, leave them for a couple hours, pull them out and put them on the rack, over-turn the stirrups by at least 1 turn and put a stick through there. Then, once they're dry, oil 'em up good.

That's always worked great for our saddles, they stay turned without actually "turning" the leather as is so often seen these days.
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    04-26-2013, 01:19 AM
Green Broke
I guess we're just stuck with our old ways! Haha.
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    04-26-2013, 02:04 AM
Originally Posted by usandpets    
Hasn't anyone had to turn their own stirrups before? I thought most new saddles came with them straight. I've heard using oil or very hot water to soften the leather. Then you turn them a little farther than you want them to be and put a stick through both to hold them until they dry.
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Doubt it would work with stirrups made of synthetic/metal, which mine are. Maybe it's just my inexperience, but they so seem rather awkward for me: my foot winds up being at about a 30 degree angle in the stirrup.
    04-26-2013, 03:54 AM
Originally Posted by usandpets    
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.
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thanks usandpets great points, do you prefer a rear cinch that is actually attached to a rigging dee or just a hole in the skirt?
Does this look like the same style as the used aussie saddle you're yet to try out with smaller round skirts?
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    04-26-2013, 04:02 AM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
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.
Thank you Celeste
The only problem I've had with pre-turning the stirrups (actually turning the whole leather and tieing it with lace) is that it limits the adjustment of the length of the stirrup leather so when I make up a saddle that hasn't been custom ordered that I take with me to expos and shows I tend to leave the stirrups straight and just turn them with water and a broom that way I can adjust them for anyone who comes along and wants to buy it and if people ask I can turn it properly to suit them.
Could you post a photo of the endurance stirrups you are talking about?
And thanks good idea about the hornless option also glad you liked the padded seat :)
    04-26-2013, 04:07 AM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
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
haha Golden Horse love your ideas for extra comfort, this one has a padded seat but the rubber I used isn't a memory foam it's got tiny air bubbles in it so it springs right back to where it was.
Have you (or anyone else reading this) ridden in a saddle that has 'memory foam' .... do you find after a while it becomes really hard??
And what do padded angles stirrups look like? Could you post a photo?
Thanks for your input :)
    04-26-2013, 04:12 AM
Originally Posted by CowboyBob    
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.Attachment 168585
thanks for your input cowboyBob!
I wondered if anyone would comment on the barbed wire tooling! I've had a 50/50 response on it some people love it but some people really hate it lol.
Love the look of your dream saddle!
For a saddle like this I charge $2600 to $2800 AUD depending on the size.

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