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post #11 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 05:28 PM
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You have more options than simply a "Western" or "English" saddle.

Personally, I don't care for saddle horns, especially when it comes to trail riding. The horn just seems to be in the way.

You could consider an Australian stock saddle. Some are built with a horn, others without. They were designed for long hours of riding, and to hold their rider in the saddle over a variety of terrain.

Or, a simple endurance saddle. I have one that is referred to as a "western" endurance style, in that the overall structure is similar to what you'd find in a typical western saddle, with a round skirt. However, it does not have a horn. There are also endurance saddles made more like an English saddle.

Many online tack stores have demo programs for their saddles so that you can find one that works well for you and fits your horse. A local tack shop might also have used saddles on consignment, and they may allow you to test-ride one, or at least take it to the barn to see how it fits your horse.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-28-2009, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have never ridden or known anyone who has a synthetic saddle. But I have heard some people say bad things about them. Are they a pretty durable saddle choice? I realize they are light, comfortable and easy to clean but I don't want something that will need to be replaced in a year or 2. Will they last a decent amount of time?
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-28-2009, 10:15 AM
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My BO/trainer lady only has Bigfoot synthetic western saddles and they hold up awesome. I know she's had them for atleast 3 years (how long I've been riding with her) and they still look pretty brand new. She doesn't do anything intense with them, just trail riding and lessons but it sounds like that's pretty much what you're going to be doing too. =)

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post #14 of 14 Old 10-28-2009, 10:25 AM
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What kind of competition are you planning on doing. If you are thinking of doing a discipline that needs an english saddle, you should consider buying one then. If you are doing something western, then get a western, just maybe try to find a lighter one for the trail rides.

At first you may feel very insecure, but after a while you will get used to it. I personally prefer english saddles. But that's my opinion. = D

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