Hard seat or padded?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

Hard seat or padded?

This is a discussion on Hard seat or padded? within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Why do reining saddles have padded seats?
  • Should a western saddle be padded

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-09-2011, 08:39 AM
  #1
Yearling
Hard seat or padded?

I am debating on a hardseat saddle, and just wanted some input. Whats your preference? Why?
And how long are you actually in the saddle?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    08-09-2011, 01:37 PM
  #2
Showing
I have a hard seat saddle and I love it. I spend 4-15 hours daily riding at all gaits and I wouldn't trade my saddle for anything. IMHO, it is more important that the saddle fits your butt than whether it's padded or not. I grew up riding padded roping saddles and I always ended the day in pain because they didn't fit me, the padding did not help at all. They were too wide and too flat so it was like sitting astride a 2x6 board all day long. Now that I've got my ranch saddle, it feels like a nice steady hug on my butt and thighs and I am comfortable in it all day.
     
    08-10-2011, 12:03 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I think it depends on the saddle. I ride in Aussie stock saddles. I have a knockoff with a hard seat and just purchased an authentic Aussie with a padded seat and spent 7 hours in saddle and was comfy as can be. So for me I prefer the padded.
     
    08-14-2011, 02:39 AM
  #4
Yearling
Like others are saying it depends on the saddle, but if I had to favour one it would be padded, my reining/ WP saddle is padded and very comfortable. I have rode in my trainers saddle a few times it has a hard seat, it feels like my spine is going to go through my back!
     
    08-14-2011, 04:42 AM
  #5
Showing
I LOVE my hard-seat Aussie saddle. The seat isn't what I'd call exactly "hard" (at least not like a hard seat western is), but it's not padded like most Aussie saddles I've seen or tried.

On the other hand, my friend's Circle Y saddle with about 4" of padding on the seat (okay, I exaggerate...there's only about 2" of padding...seriously) leaves bruises on my butt bones. But then again, so has ANY western saddle I've ever ridden, whether it's hard or padded.
     
    08-14-2011, 05:06 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I have a hard western saddle and my wife has a padded one. When I first started riding, the seam on my jeans would rub my tailbone raw. I don't know if it was from the way I was riding or from the saddle. We both bought pads and I haven't had the problem since. I think it depends on what you want for comfort.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    08-19-2011, 02:12 PM
  #7
Weanling
I spend anywhere from a hour to 14 hours in the saddle sometimes and my saddle isn't an hard saddle, but isn't padded either. I don't get to sore. It really depends on you and the saddle fit.
     
    08-19-2011, 03:53 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I ride with a hard saddle and have no problems but that's because it fits me. I do think a padded saddle will probably help break your butt in when you first start riding but once past that stage it's all about the fit.
     
    08-19-2011, 04:35 PM
  #9
Showing
I have 11 saddles in my tack room. Only 1 is padded and it is only picked first by a friend that rides with me sometimes. I can't stand it. Anyone want a barely broken in vintage Cook? Lol!

I live in a hard seat every day, anywhere from 4-10 hours. For me I think a hard, smooth seated saddle gives me a better feel and ability to have a better working seat myself when I ride.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    08-25-2011, 11:06 AM
  #10
Yearling
^^^^you have a vintage Billy Cook that is barely broken in!!!! I am fully aware of what you have in your tack room with that one saddle. Then there is also someone I know who has a vintage Veach saddle.

I have been in hard Western Saddles, padded saddles, but always preferred rough-out sueded seat saddles. I was loaned a Wintec All-Purpose English Saddle by a friend and I liked it really well. Upon my returning the loaned saddle I bought used a hard-seat Dressage saddle that made me feel very insecure on my hot-headed red headed mare.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
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:

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
TN Walking Horses - the padded ones. ImagineThat Horse Talk 11 12-21-2010 05:52 PM
padded or not padded? dally Horse Tack and Equipment 9 09-28-2010 08:15 PM
FS/T: Padded Crosby dressage bridle! QHDragon Tack and Equipment Classifieds 8 07-10-2010 09:31 PM
Lesson - can you learn both hunt seat and saddle seat? jjejjohn English Riding 2 08-04-2009 07:49 PM
Colored Padded Bridles?? LiveToJump Tack and Equipment Classifieds 5 07-06-2009 02:34 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0