View Full Version : thinking about a trail saddle

May. 25, 2010, 07:34 PM
The last thing I want to do is buy more tack. . .

however, I think I might be getting a big TB for my wife and don't have a saddle for her. I will probably use my all purpose for her if it fits him for a while, but that is my preferred saddle.

I am thinking about an endurance saddle since we trail ride. I am thinking less expensive (like synthetic).

I don't even know where to start.


May. 25, 2010, 08:38 PM
What would be your approximate price range? How long do you trail ride for?

For synthetics, I'd stay away from the Wintecs. At one time, they were nice saddles, but very cheaply made now.

I love my Abetta Endurance. It is also synthetic. Lightweight, nicely priced in the $400.00 range and come in a variety of tree sizes.

I also have a Fabtron which is very nice too. Part leather, part synthetic.


May. 25, 2010, 08:45 PM
I LOVE my Bob Marshall endurance for trail riding. Comfy, comfy, comfy, room to hang gear, and super lightweight.


I'm not sure what price range you're thinking. These run ~ $1K new, and you can find them used. Just be aware that the sizing runs a little different, so if you look at one, read the size chart.

May. 25, 2010, 09:52 PM
I love my Sensation Hybrid. It is the perfect Trail saddle for me and my horses love it too. Being a treeless saddle it fits more horses too. Less chance of getting a saddle that doesn't fit. It will fit your horse even as he changes shape which is a very good thing for the pocketbook ;). Care should be taken when purchasing any treeless saddle though to work with a professional so as to get a saddle that will work for you and your horse. Contrary to what many people think treeless is not one size fits all BUT one size fits many more! Also most treeless saddles require a good pad that provides spinal clearance and helps to distribute rider's weight. Many dealers have demos that you can try. Some offer a free demo program where all you pay is shipping and you get to use a saddle on your horse in your own way. I demoed and purchased mine from Melissa at www.freedomtreeless.com
See my saddle here: http://www.freedomtreeless.com/Gallery.html and here:

May. 26, 2010, 08:26 AM
I have a couple of trail saddles - one is a Tucker Cheyenne trail saddle (Western style). Looking back, I probably would not have bought a trail saddle with a horn, but I'm very pleased with the overall quality of the saddle. I'll probably have this one for a very long time.

The other is what I refer to as a Tucker knock-off; manufacturer unknown, and it was an eBay purchase. At $250 with free shipping, it was still worth it, and it fits my horse. :cool:The style is what (I guess) would be called a "Western endurance," in that it has a round skirt, western rigging and fenders, with wide endurance-style stirrups and no horn. Plenty of rings to attach stuff to as well.

You didn't really give specifics about what style of saddle you're looking for, or the amount/type of trail riding you do. In any case, a synthetic should work just as well as long as it fits the horse.:yes:

May. 26, 2010, 12:13 PM
Thanks so much. Under $500 would be wonderful.

We ride a few hours at a time.

You have given me some great starting points.

Thanks again.

May. 26, 2010, 12:59 PM
I do like the Fabtrons. I've encouraged two students to buy them and they are both pleased with how comfortable they are. The "Lady Trail Rider" I think it's called, is super well balanced and comfortable. I have not ridden in the other. And I'm a saddle snoblet :)

May. 27, 2010, 03:45 PM
Love, love, love my BMSS!!! Just bought one for my husband too. All our horses move so much better in one and are completely different horses with them!!