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post #41 of 53 Old 04-29-2013, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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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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Yes I could definitely narrow the fenders good idea :)
Also I know what you mean about the light weight aluminium stirrups but these ones are fairly heavy so don't think feet would slip out but I like your idea about wider stirrups, I think they'd be more comfortable and feel more secure
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One thing I do like about English saddles is the stirrups and cinches are really easy to adjust when you are riding.
I'm not sure if you could adjust a western saddle so that you could do the same thing, but I think it would be a nice feature.
I like having lots of rings and ties. I don't really want pockets on a saddle. I pack more or less depending on how long I'm going to be out and pockets might interfere with that.
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One thing I do like about English saddles is the stirrups and cinches are really easy to adjust when you are riding.
I'm not sure if you could adjust a western saddle so that you could do the same thing, but I think it would be a nice feature.
I like having lots of rings and ties. I don't really want pockets on a saddle. I pack more or less depending on how long I'm going to be out and pockets might interfere with that.
thanks flytobecat :)
well the way I tie a western cinch you can easily lean over and tighten it while in the saddle, stirrups on the other hand are a little me tricky.

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I have a small skirted Sharon Saare saddle with a horn; it weighs only about 22 pounds. It can't have a flank cinch due to the style and the rigging, so it
has a crupper ring. We do a lot of mountain riding and the crupper comes in pretty handy.
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I have a small skirted Sharon Saare saddle with a horn; it weighs only about 22 pounds. It can't have a flank cinch due to the style and the rigging, so it
has a crupper ring. We do a lot of mountain riding and the crupper comes in pretty handy.
thanks :)hadn't thought of a crupper!
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post #46 of 53 Old 04-30-2013, 06:44 PM
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Sharon Saare saddles are NICE. My barn manager has one and she loves it. Unfortunately, Ms. Saare passed away last year.
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Sharon Saare saddles are NICE. My barn manager has one and she loves it. Unfortunately, Ms. Saare passed away last year.
Haven't heard that name before, I will look it up :) that's such a shame that she passed away.

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post #48 of 53 Old 05-01-2013, 08:08 AM
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She is/was the queen of endurance saddles. My barn manager bought hers 2 years ago after much back and forth with Ms. Saare for customization. LOL when she got it it had the cotton/fiber type girth and Lee Ann was surprised as she always rode with neoprene or leather english girths. Her horse LOVED it. Legato can be a pill and Lee Ann was thrilled with the girth and the manner that Legato went with it. She gets cranky if Lee Ann tried to put a different one on her. Very very nice balanced saddle.
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post #49 of 53 Old 05-02-2013, 12:42 PM
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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 :)

I have these on a set of Stirrups (Only the Swivel set and not the Drop Ones). E-ZUP Stirrup Extender. They attach to any stirrups you have. I have 2 sets of Stirrups. One with these attached and one without. I throw on the set with this attached when I hit the trails. It's a foot and knee saver that's for sure.
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Havne't read all the replies, so forgive me if I duplicate.

I am not a fan of "in-skirt" rigging. I think having the rigging off the tree is better. I think it allows for freer movement of the shoulder, instead of the skirt pulling down hard and pinching it.
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