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post #1 of 5 Old 07-24-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Trooper saddle questions

Hi - I have been looking for a trooper saddle for months, and think I've finally found a used M&W that I'd like to buy. It has everything I've been looking for and is in very good condition. Its 6-7 years old, according to the owner. Only problem is, it has Western fenders and taps. I wanted the type with the English leathers, with endurance stirrups. I already have endurance stirrups I would put on it, but is it easy to get the fenders off? The saddle is not local, so I can't look at it in person. I'm hoping its easy to just slip the fenders off, and just use the leathers. Thank you.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-24-2010, 03:18 PM
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I think if the saddle is what you want in all other respects, it shouldn't be a problem. Hopefully someone with some experience in that area will help. I just wanted to say that I see that you are new to the forum. Welcome! I hope that you disregard the rude comment from Sexybabehorse, that is not a true showing of this forum. I think we have found a troll. Please don't be scared off. Good luck with your saddle! :)
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-24-2010, 04:25 PM
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I am not at all familiar with the type or brand of saddle you're referring to; so please take my advice with a big grain of salt.

In the types of saddle I am familiar with, you wouldn't be able to exchange western fenders and stirrups for english type, because the shape and type of the stirrup bar are totally different. I'd make very sure you can make the swap before getting the saddle.

And just for my education, are there types of endurance or trail riding saddles where you can switch out the fittings? Are they billeted like English saddles or do they have a cinch like Western?
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I wish I knew how to post a pic so you could see what a trooper saddle is. They are commonly used on gaited horses in bird dog trials, but are SUPER comfy, and the minute I rode in one, I knew I had to have one. (I tried my farrier's trooper for about 10 minutes) Thank you for the welcome!
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Okay, the only endurance saddle I am familiar with is the Tucker; I know people who field trial have them and love them, but the fittings are not interchangable on the ones I've seen. One of my riding buddies is looking at one, and she would have to order it with the type of fittings and rigging she wants.
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