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post #21 of 53 Old 04-26-2013, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much everyone for all your ideas I really appreciate it! Love that saddle of yours smrobs looks real comfy. Could you tell me why you prefer the back rigging instead of just the hole in the skirt is it mainly because of strength or looks aswell?
Also Cowchick77 do you have a photo of your favourite stirrups i'd like to see them :)

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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??
I know makers that experimented with memory foam and they did not like it, the seat was hot, caused saddle sores for riders, eventually retained a shape and looked terrible.

Some off the shelf makers user it and people love it, to each his own.

Most people who ride longer than 2 hours all say a Hard Seat is more comfortable than some of the gimmick off the shelf people are using....

Hard seat or a a padded seat with a good dense closed cell neoprene is the way to go, but as you know they key is a shaped seat or tin seat as some call it in the US

I love you Saddles, I get call all the time from OZ, but shipping costs make it unobtainable for most to get a good saddle, I will refer those calls to you know, I like your Saddles.

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Thank you Celeste

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 :)
These are the ones I use. I like them now. There was a day that I would have hated them. I used to prefer traditional stirrups. EZ Ride Nylon Safety Caged Stirrups Pair
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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 :)
here is a link to the angled stirrups that I have been recommended, I haven't tried them yet, but with knees that are getting worse each year I am certainly looking into the idea.

http://crookedstirrups.com/BuyCrooke....S.%20Shipping
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I don't see the link.

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DH ride with the comfortable McClellan's that we kept from CW Reenacting, BUT, I am salivating over this:
NEW Endurance Western | Trail Saddles by Steele
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These are my favorite stirrups. These are 5" wide, I have some 6" but I think they are too big. I think those that may want to try them might like the 4". They do come in an ecomony version that are tin bound rather than the monel or brass if someone didn't want to spend a whole lot on the stirrups.
I too like the twisted and tied stirrup leathers and I haven't found them bothersome to adjust. How do you twist and tie yours Renee?

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DH ride with the comfortable McClellan's that we kept from CW Reenacting, BUT, I am salivating over this:
NEW Endurance Western | Trail Saddles by Steele
I like their ranch saddle as well.
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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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My saddle (Tucker) came with plain old fenders - flat sided and all. They "turned" over time and with lots of use. . .the way a good trail saddle should be.

As far as recommendations for the OP - I second the "no horn" idea. One of my biggest regrets about my Tucker is that I got one with a horn. I grew up riding in an English saddle, doing hunter/jumper and dressage, so I'm used to a smaller saddle. To me, a horn is really kind of useless and just gets in the way more than anything, so I'd rather not have one at all.

Also, a round skirt. The big square skirt adds nothing but weight and bulk to the saddle. Needs plenty of rings and things to tie on to - which I know are easy enough to add on, but it's nicer when they "come standard."

No tooling. I know some people think it "looks pretty" but (IMO) it's just more surface area to have to clean all of the trail mud splatters out of. The most tooling I can stand is a border. . .like barbed wire pattern or something. . .but those saddles that are tooled top to bottom and front to back belong in an arena.
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I know makers that experimented with memory foam and they did not like it, the seat was hot, caused saddle sores for riders, eventually retained a shape and looked terrible.

Some off the shelf makers user it and people love it, to each his own.

Most people who ride longer than 2 hours all say a Hard Seat is more comfortable than some of the gimmick off the shelf people are using....

Hard seat or a a padded seat with a good dense closed cell neoprene is the way to go, but as you know they key is a shaped seat or tin seat as some call it in the US

I love you Saddles, I get call all the time from OZ, but shipping costs make it unobtainable for most to get a good saddle, I will refer those calls to you know, I like your Saddles.

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Yes I have heard that about hard seats and sometimes I think when someone asks for an extra thick padded seat it's only causing them to be sitting 'on' their saddle instead of 'in' their saddle if you get what I mean, a thinner padded seat or just a leather seat keeps you closer to the horse I reckon :)
Thanks so much, I really appreciate that!

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