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post #1 of 4 Old 11-04-2008, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Trooper saddles

I've been reading quite a lot about them; their history, their making, and so forth. They seem like the best one can afford if in the habit of trail riding, endurance riding and the like. I was just wondering if any of you could give me any feedback on these. They're not unheard of, but they ain't the most famous/known type of saddles either. Things I've read point out that they are best for the horse's back (keeping it cool and preventing any kind of saddle sores and cuts as well as ajusting to the horse's back so it doesn't curve in because of the weight over the years) and for the rider's security. They're also light weight, which makes them useful to the endurance market. What do you know, have to say about them?

Here's a link to their history and their making :
Trail and Field Saddlery - Trooper Saddle History and Information

And here's a company that specialises in this type of saddle, Tarpin Hill:

Edit: I'd forgotten I started a similar thread in the past, sorry about that.

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Very interesting, I've never heard of them. Hmm, they look good for long trails since it says they're comfortable.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-04-2008, 01:37 PM
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Tucker makes one as well: Montreal Royal Trooper Trail Saddle with FREE REINS
I've never ridden in one and truthfully they don't seem to offer much support but they are reputed to be pretty comfortable.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-05-2008, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post
Tucker makes one as well: Montreal Royal Trooper Trail Saddle with FREE REINS
I've never ridden in one and truthfully they don't seem to offer much support but they are reputed to be pretty comfortable.
And they're also reputed to be the best in matters of security. When they were created by the military, one of the primary focuses was to keep the rider in the saddle. At first I thought the same as you, but they're supposed to keep you in your seat no matter what. The seat is said to place the rider in a balanced position, on the center of motion of the horse. Coupled with the stirrups its supposed to be the best for balance, even better then australian saddles, who are said to surpass even western saddles in terms of rider security.

All of this I've read, but I'm looking for feedback to see if these saddles live up to their name. I myself am a great fervant of trail riding for extended periods of time, as well as camping out with other riders. I'm looking for a saddle that would perfectly fit these needs and trooper saddles seem like the right thing.
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