Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Tum Tum, Washington
Go try a Fallis, Bennett, or Hereford "Balanced Ride" saddle. Most all pain from the waist down is caused by the way the stirrups hang on western saddles. The ones I mentioned above all have "forward hung" stirrups, which take all the pressure off your knees and hips. They also have a different method of securing the cinch that gets the big wad of latigo out from under your leg. Do a search for Fallis and go to their website, they have a good diagram of the forward hung stirrup and cinch latigo layout. The whole setup keeps you in balanced in the saddle and is quite comfortable. My old Hereford will fit anything from a skinny 14 hand quarter horse to a 17 hand draft cross. I've ridden them 26 miles through the back country, stepped off hot, dirty and tired but not sore! My new Fallis is even better!
I may not be good, but I am slow!