Help me pick out a saddle?
My young horse Bert has successfully experienced two trail rides now and I'm so excited I can't stand it :D
The last one he walked back on a loose rein and was a happy camper with two horses well in front of him and two in back. I'm so proud!
I pretty much ride dressage and in the past when I trail rode I did it bare back or in my dressage saddle. Well, my dressage saddle is getting older and I want to save it for training and competition. And I don't even dare riding Bert bareback, yet, ever. :eek:
So, I'd like a western saddle. However, I know *nothing* about them! Bert's an Arabian, but a "stockier" Arab. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg and I can't lug around anything heavy. Here's a picture of Bert at Christmas time- he's filled out more and isn't quite as bum high now, but maybe it will help.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Bob Marshall Treeless saddles
My personal favorites. And you CAN feel your horse move -- it's feels more like my old close contract than a treed western saddle. You can get them with our without horns (both still have the western style riggins). He makes shorter skirts for us height-challenged adults and a peaked pommel for your high withered horse. You can also get the stirrups foward or under you depending on your use or preference. Check eBay as there's aways a few used BM's for sale there. Good luck!!
treeless, custom or cheap- those are the options
A ride arabians and I (currently) use a Torsion Treeless Saddle- which fits most any horse except those with high whithers and heavyweight riders, and have used Abetta's.
Depending on your budget (abetta's are 400-500$) and Custom saddles are $1500+
I just order a Specialized Saddle and will take 10 weeks for it to get here. They are adjustable so the fit will be perfect for your horse
The best thing to do it sit in as many saddles as you can and try as many on your horse as you can so you know what you want/ like