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        03-20-2013, 12:44 PM
      #61
    Showing
    Bob, there's one more. When you get done riding and everything hurts, you need to relax.
         
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        08-27-2014, 08:47 PM
      #62
    Trained
    Resurrecting this thread.

    STILL haven't found a saddle I like or that is comfortable. I do have a saddle at the moment that I'm going to use, but it's not comfortable. It's a 16.5" Action Saddle Co pleasure/trail saddle. It's the only thing I have to use right now, though, since we figured out my Aussie is too wide for Aires.

    Here's the crazy part. I sat in my Action Saddle Co saddle for two minutes on a saddle stand today and my butt is STILL sore. I even moved around on the seat and found the most "comfortable" position.

    I'm going to put my saddle up for sale on Craigslist. If it sells, great. If it doesn't, oh well.

    Any ideas of what, ultimately, I should be looking for when/if it does sell? Again, I'm still on a super tight budget.
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        08-27-2014, 08:55 PM
      #63
    Weanling
    I now own a western Barefoot treeless saddle and it's the comfiest saddle my butt has ever sat in :) They are, however, quite expensive...
         
        08-28-2014, 03:52 AM
      #64
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    You need to analyze he tp you are sitting when it is comfortable , are you only on you seatbones or partially on you pubic or tail bone? Try sitting on a rock hard chair and rolling your hips forward and back and feeling how your seatbones feel against the hard surface and what position is least painful.
         
        08-28-2014, 11:47 AM
      #65
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    sillyhorses, I'm sure that if I went and tried out every brand, I'd fall in love with the absolute most expensive one there. Lol
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    I have found that this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have found with saddles that you tend to get what you pay for. Now, that said, what works for me may not work for you, but good saddles cost. I went through a handful of sale barn saddles and cheaper off brand saddles before I finally broke down and dropped about $1300 on a good western/trail type saddle, there have been many weekends where I have spent 20+ hours in saddle at field trials in that western and have never had a sore "seat" Knees are a different story.

    I don't often ride western any more (i typically ride a trooper saddle), but when I am riding new, or young horses I can still count on my western to be comfy all day.

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        08-28-2014, 01:58 PM
      #66
    Trained
    Jim, my problem is that I have a growing horse, a large derrière and a minuscule budget. I can't drop $1300 on a saddle that probably won't fit my horse in a year. When he stops growing, yes, I will invest in a quality saddle that fits us both and is comfortable. Until then, I have to rely on what I can find for not-too-much that will work for the time being.
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        08-28-2014, 04:07 PM
      #67
    Yearling
    A well-made, properly fitting saddle doesn't hurt!

    I can imagine too small or too large a seat, poorly positioned stirrup leathers, or sub-par materials may cause discomfort. As part of that "properly fitted" statement, I do prefer a saddle with a narrow twist, and I need to make sure stirrup leathers are long enough for my tall self to be in correct position. I sit on the saddle before even thinking about trying it on my horse, since it has to be a match for both of us.

    But even my 19 year old Silver Royal equitation seat who's seat padding was long ago smooshed to nothingness is comfy enough for an all day trail ride. My new Continental Saddlery Reiner is like riding on a cloud; it's more comfortable than the couch in my living room!
         
        08-28-2014, 04:23 PM
      #68
    Trained
    If the aussies work for you, then why not use an aussie? Maybe you aren't allowed to show in an aussie?
         
        08-28-2014, 04:37 PM
      #69
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    If the aussies work for you, then why not use an aussie? Maybe you aren't allowed to show in an aussie?
    Since it's just a little barn show, my BO is perfectly fine with me riding in my Aussie. Which was the plan. Until we figured out that my Aussie is WAY too wide for Aires. The tree at the pommel is literally sitting on his withers, even without a rider on. Not sure how I missed it. Probably because I love the saddle so much that I blinded myself to the fit issues. Either way, I can't ride in my Aussie and I'm torn about selling it and I can't get a new one unless I sell the one I have.

    After I originally posted this thread, I took a couple of lessons in a Circle A barrel saddle that I actually really liked. Problem is, it only comes in semi-QH bars (6.25" gullet) and we need FQHB (7" gullet).

    I did find a 16" reining saddle on Craigslist that looks amazingly comfortable, but it's out of my price range unless I sell my Aussie and my western...and even then it would be a little more than I can comfortably afford.
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        08-28-2014, 04:42 PM
      #70
    Yearling
    I'd just keep saving until you can buy a GOOD, name brand one. There is no point in continuing to try to "find a good deal" on a lesser-quality saddle - it just isn't working for y'all!
         

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