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post #1 of 10 Old 01-22-2018, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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English saddles + buddy saddle

My husband go interested enough in trail riding that we got him a western saddle. I also got a buddy saddle for our son that fits behind the western saddle. I attach the buddy saddle to the cinch and stirrup leather/fender thing. It fits securely and my kid is happy with it.

Has anyone tried this set up with an english saddle?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-22-2018, 02:44 PM
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I wouldn't think most English saddles have enough extra room behind them to do a buddy seat setup. I do know people who have ridden with their kids sitting in front of them on the saddle, but that either requires having something for them to grab, or a horse that neck-reins so you can hold them with one arm.
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Can't say that I've tried it but I wouldn't recommend it. The purpose of most english saddles is to have only a small barrier between the horse and rider. A western saddle on the other hand is made for the comfort of the horse and rider over longer periods of time. It would provide much more stability with less risk of giving the horse a sore back.

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-25-2018, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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@Mulefeather , I've found english saddles to be shorter when the western saddle's skirt is taken into account. My kid is too large to share an english saddle seat with me. We ride double bareback like that, but that works best on flat terrain and not for too long.

@demidog , I ride in an english saddle on trail rides and have never had a soreness issue as long as the fit is correct for the horse. We got my husband a western saddle b/c he doesn't fit in my dressage saddle.
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I am not a fan of buddy seats, western or English.My kids either rode in front of my western saddle, or on a lead line on a horse of their own
English saddles have shorter trees,period.

If you are set on using a buddy seat, these listed are advertised to be used either English or western

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post #6 of 10 Old 01-26-2018, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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@Smilie , I worry a little, but have very mellow geldings and always make my kid wear a helmet. Seems like the link is for a book... but a quick "english buddy saddle" search showed most buddy saddles as english/western and they look just like mine.

Sorry to trouble y'all! I could have figured it out myself :P
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Sorry, about that link! Somehow the wrong thing got pasted!Something hubby last googled????
Good luck, and post some pictures. Glad you have your child wearing a helmet.
Happy trails!Nice when a family can enjoy riding together, even when the children are young. I have many happy memories of those days,long ago, as both of my sons are now grown, with family of their own
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No trouble at all.

A well meaning friend gave us one when my child was born but it ended up sold. Before he was old enough and while he was small enough he was in front of me or behind the hames with someone walking next to him. By the time his balance was good and he was older he had his own horse I would walk next to for however long he wanted to ride no matter the length of the ride. My draft never has tolerated having a saddle horse ponied off of her though ponying her babies was never an issue. The biggest complaint I have heard about the is that they are at the widest part of the horse making it hard for little legs and that the kids find it hard to balance and come out or slide before you are aware of what is happening. The friend that gave it to us never used one when she eventually had her child. She rode with hers in front until they were a little older and that was awkward then she got her a pony.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-08-2018, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I tried it with my dressage saddle and it worked ok. I got it secure, but I don't think billet straps are meant to have the backward pressure the buddy saddle straps apply on them. For short rides it'd work alright. My smaller horse ponies wonderfully off the larger horse. I think I need to start getting that going more often.

I for sure had the widest part of the horse problem. My son is tall for being 4, but even his legs couldn't reach the stirrups at their shortest.
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Sorry, about that link!

Happy trails!Nice when a family can enjoy riding together, even when the children are young. I have many happy memories of those days,long ago, as both of my sons are now grown, with family of their own

The link was removed so not to confuse anyone.

As for family trail riding.... agree it is so nice when a family can enjoy riding together.
Some of my families best memories come with "horse-time and together"...
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