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post #1 of 12 Old 12-05-2019, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Saddles

Can you use a dressage saddle for trekking?
I do have a stock saddle which is comfy to sit in but it us just so heavy and cumbersome just looking for different options

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-05-2019, 04:58 PM
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If it's comfortable and you don't mind it maybe getting wet, I don't see why not. In my own experience, dressage saddles are comfortable for my legs but terrible on my rear. I would have to buy one of those seat saver things to use it for a long period of time.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-05-2019, 05:26 PM
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lots of folks ride in dressage saddles on trails, they are very comfortable, especially for posting and small jumps
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-05-2019, 06:20 PM
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My last horse was difficult to fit with a saddle and my best fit was my dressage saddle. So, I hunted him wearing it. This didn't have deep knee and thigh rolls as most modern dressage saddle do, which I think can be dangerous in holding onto you should a horse go down.

We did just fine.
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post #5 of 12 Old 12-05-2019, 07:15 PM
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Yes, it will work just fine.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-05-2019, 07:52 PM
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My dressage saddle is the most comfortable saddle I have ridden in, in over 60 years of riding, western or english
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-05-2019, 07:55 PM
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It depends on how long you will be in the saddle, and whether or not you are carrying additional gear.



Choose the saddle that is most comfortable, over a long period of time, for the horse.
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-06-2019, 01:35 PM
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I should add that the dressage saddle is not as good for carting along a lot of "stuff" as a western saddle is. I can take some things, like my first aid kit that I hook on the front ring at the pommel and a drink holder on the other side and can sling a jacket over in front of the withers but that's about as much as I can take.
If I want to take more I like loppers for trimming trails I use the western saddle.
Sis had rings put on the cantle so can use them for extra and I have used a big saddle pad with side pockets so I don't usually take much more than that and the comfort of the dressage saddle outweighs everything else.
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-06-2019, 02:14 PM
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Personally I much prefer an AP or CC for long trail rides, though that may just be my two saddles. With the dressage you're pretty much given one position you can sit in comfortably, whereas with an AP or jump saddle you can do all sorts of worming about and chair seating when you start to feel that mile 12 on your butt. Love my dressage saddle- and it's not even that deep seated but for a comfortable occasional canter in half seat- and the ability to have a really dynamic position between deep and forward I like the AP. I mean it's not like I need to half pass or collect on a trail right, so why not put your feet on the dash a little and get comfy.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-06-2019, 02:44 PM
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My favorite trail saddle for 20 years was a dressage saddle. Loved it.
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