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    04-26-2013, 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
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?
They look really comfortable! I do mine the same as yours when people ask for them, they don't worry about adjusting them because they are the only ones riding in the saddle so it's the right size for them :)
But now I think of it and looking at yours if I just pre twist them and tie them up as close as possible to the blevin buckle there shouldn't be much problem adjusting them as much as people need to.
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    04-26-2013, 07:53 PM
I have a couple of saddles with pre-turned stirrup leathers, and they are not all that hard to adjust. They are really nice. When I turn the leathers myself, they never do all that great.

You might want to think about adding a couple of water bottle holders. I would personally like a very light weight saddle.
    04-27-2013, 01:55 AM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
I have a couple of saddles with pre-turned stirrup leathers, and they are not all that hard to adjust. They are really nice. When I turn the leathers myself, they never do all that great.

You might want to think about adding a couple of water bottle holders. I would personally like a very light weight saddle.
thanks celeste great idea for water bottle holders hadn't thought of that one! Yes a lot of people (especially women) have said that to me aswell when ordering one just makes it a lot easier to carry and lift onto your horse plus not as much weight for them to carry all day long :)
    04-27-2013, 03:38 PM
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I am just echoing what others have said pretty much. My current saddle has 4 ties on each side for a total of 8. I have o-rings on both sides of the pommel and little bars on the back cantle that things can be tied to that I really like because that frees up my ties for other things.

I am currently riding in an endurance saddle that doesn't have a deep pocket but I so wish it did because now I need a deep pocket to ride due to a health issue. So yeah...deep pocket, soft leather all around, loads of ties/rings, a hoof pick pocket is nice.

Less skirt is good for me. The lighter the saddle is the better as I will not be pulling logs or cows and lifting up a heavy saddle is not fun for me.

I do like wide stirrups that are padded. It makes a huge difference!
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    04-27-2013, 06:44 PM
Thanks QOS good points :)
    04-28-2013, 09:41 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by ReneeM    
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?
Sorry that it took so long to get back on this. I wanted to get a pic of our Aussie saddle first:

As for the back cinch, we have a saddle that has the slit in the leather. It is harder to find a long enough back cinch for it, especially for rounder or heavier, pleasantly plump horses! The saddles with the rings are more easily interchangeable.
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    04-28-2013, 09:48 PM
Green Broke
I forgot to add a pic of my saddle, with the round skirting:

Yes, I do use a seat saver! The saddle seat is hard but that's not fully why. The seam on the back of my jeans would rub my tailbone raw before I started using it. I haven't had that issue since using it. It may have been from my inexperience of knowing how to ride but I figure it might help keep the seat in better condition too.
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    04-29-2013, 12:29 AM
Thanks for going to all that trouble putting up the photos :) really appreciate it! Aussie saddle is a lot different to the type I make as mine don't have the horn or extra flaps, I like the rounded skirts on your western saddle.
I haven't ridden in a seat saver but it looks comfy.
    04-29-2013, 11:08 AM
Green Broke
I do all my trail riding in an english-type endurance saddle:

I personally don't care for a horn, so agree with the people suggesting you think about a hornless option.

I also don't care for the wide fenders typically found on a western saddle, as they bother my knees no matter how much they are turned. Not sure if having more narrow fenders would be an option.

The other thing that jumped out at me was the stirrups. Like Celeste, I ride in the EZ ride nylon stirrups and love them. I wonder about using aluminum though.. is that so light that people can't keep them on their feet (this is a complaint I have heard from english riders using lightweight aluminum irons)? Or do most of the people using those types of stirrups ride with their feet "home" so slipping out isn't an issue?
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    04-29-2013, 11:43 AM
The aluminum stirrups I tried were slick as snot on a doorknob. Hated them. I normally use the four-bar style, Australian stirrups without any pad:

I love stirrups with a wide base. That is about the only part of our Circle Y saddle that I like - wide, leather covered stirrups! Hate the rest of the saddle, tho...but my daughter loves it.
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