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  • Hereford balanced ride saddle review
  • Do women find western saddles hard and uncomfortable

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    03-01-2013, 12:29 AM
  #41
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What kind of saddle is this?


     
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    03-01-2013, 01:33 AM
  #42
Showing
It's a custom Modified Association saddle.
     
    03-01-2013, 01:35 AM
  #43
Green Broke
I'm with Smrobs. What I ride is slightly different, but since I've discovered ranch saddles I've been a happy girl! The high cantle and seat pocket really gives you a comfy place to sit and spreads your weight "all over down there," not just on your seat bones. I can ride for 5 hours in these. It's the shape of the seat that makes them comfortable. Notice they have no padding.

I don't know if "Iridehorses" still has his saddle up for sale, but it is a 17" seat ranch saddle and it is SO well made. Much better than any of mine. It was in the tack for sale section of this forum. Unfortunately it was also out of budget at $1100. But man, that's a nice 17" saddle. Of course horse fit is that other variable in the equation.

But anyhow, since I've gone to hard seat, A-fork, high cantle, ranch type saddles I just can't hardly ride in a regular western saddle anymore. They all seem to force me into a position I don't want to be in. These saddles let you find your own body position.

Saddles should be comfortable. Not all western saddles are painful, honest! Some are downright awesome.

Aires, I'm so sorry to hear that saddle was a no-go for your boy. Ugh! I know the feeling! I must have gone through 10 saddles for my Mustang.
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    03-01-2013, 01:46 AM
  #44
Trained
I have never had this problem...My barrel saddle is the most comfortable thing I've ever ridden in.
     
    03-01-2013, 06:31 AM
  #45
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I'm not sure that the Circle Y wasn't actually FQHB. The gentleman who helped me on Wednesday said he thought it looked like what is considered semi-QH bars, but when I picked it up yesterday, the assistant manager who helped me said it was FQHB. She was considering buying it for herself.
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This is the problem I've found with Circle Y's....especially older ones; the majority of them are SQH bars.
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    03-01-2013, 06:47 AM
  #46
Trained
^^ That was my experience with them too. Perhaps that is why there are SO many of them for sale on eBay?

Sorry Aires-you WILL find a saddle.
     
    03-01-2013, 09:07 AM
  #47
Foal
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!
     
    03-01-2013, 09:29 AM
  #48
Trained
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Originally Posted by foxhuntcowboy    
Western saddles are comfortable, if you are used to English then I can see why you think that.
Until I got my Aussie saddle two years ago (when I got Aires), I had never ridden in anything but western saddles. I rode for five minutes once in a too-small ASSC Muster Master saddle that belonged to a friend, but that doesn't really count.

What sucks is being on such a tight budget.
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    03-01-2013, 09:32 AM
  #49
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Perhaps I should jump in again. A woman leg structure from the hips down is different from a man's. His legs come fairly straight down from hip to knee, whereas a womans angle inward toward the knee. A roping saddle is wider in the twist than a pleasure saddle. They were built for men for many years. A lot of women find a roper style saddle uncomfortable. A tree that works well for women is Ralide's Little Wonder tree which began it's days as a pony saddle. For those of you who don't know what the twist is, it is the narrowest part of the seat where the upper leg would rest. This might help in making a selection. Roping style saddles have rounded forks, trail saddles have sharper forks.
     
    03-01-2013, 09:44 AM
  #50
Trained
THere are actually an increasing number with narrow twist, and I have personally felt the difference when I bought a used Leddy (custom made in the 70's for a woman). I could not sit in it. I felt like I was on t=some stretching torture device.

However, it is very hard on a budget to find a narrow twist. They tend to be newer, at least from what I have found, and the really good makes (like Bob's), although Crates makes a really nice lady reiner-but even that used is about $8-900.
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