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post #1 of 12 Old 07-23-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Is it worth getting a western saddle for fun?

I ride English but find riding western for pleasure is very fun and the saddles are slightly more comfortable than English. I'm not interested in taking western lessons, but I think it would be fun to get a western saddle just for fun. I've hacked western before, but again I don't want to take lessons. Should I get a western saddle just for fun? I know my horse has been ridden in a western saddle before.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-23-2012, 01:25 PM
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Sure! If you feel a western saddle is more comfortable at times, I see no reason why you shouldn't. There are some really nice, used western saddles out there thy would be perfect for an extra.
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-23-2012, 06:45 PM
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Another saddle is always fun!
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-23-2012, 06:51 PM
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For sure!
If you have the funds, why not?

Personally, I ride my mare in her Aussie/stock saddle almost exclusively but I also have a western saddle that's my size and a child sized western saddle for her. I teach lessons on her to a few kinds so the kid-sized western saddle comes in handy pretty often.
I don't use the "me-sized" western saddle all that often but sometimes it's just nice to change up the pace. :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-23-2012, 06:51 PM
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Im addicted to saddles hahaha I dont think there is a problem buying a saddle for fun, just make sure it fits the horse! I have always wanted to try english just to try it
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Saddles are like shoes - you can never have too many.
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-23-2012, 08:09 PM
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Definitely! You can find mant decent used saddles for great deals!
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-23-2012, 08:11 PM
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I'm in agreement with everyone else. If you enjoy riding in a western saddle when you're out riding trails or even if you someday did want to enter a novice western class at some local show, then having a western saddle is always a good thing. Heck, I am a devout western rider and I owned an english saddle for a time when I was younger.

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-29-2012, 03:26 PM
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Should I get a western saddle just for fun? I know my horse has been ridden in a western saddle before.
Absolutely! Fun is what it's all about.....
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post #10 of 12 Old 07-31-2012, 03:06 PM
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Definitely worth it if you can afford another saddle. Like others have said, you can find really nice used western saddles if you look in the right place. If you trail ride a good amount it is nice to have a western saddle for the added comfort and extra security. I am a western rider and will occasionally ride english for fun. But I don't actually have my own english saddle because I know then I will be stuck riding with it on our trails. Not a bad thing, but with my gelding it surely doesn't extend my life expectancy. xD
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