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Need trail saddle advise. UPDATE: Got a new saddle!!!

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  • Need trail saddle advise. UPDATE: Got a new saddle!!!

    I want opinions on the most supportive & comfortable trail saddle available. Something that is deep & comfortable.
    Last edited by Whitfield Farm Hanoverians; Nov. 7, 2012, 02:10 PM.
    Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!

  • #2
    I love my Bob Marshall endurance saddle for long rides. I use it with a Skito pad, and it is super comfortable.

    I use my dressage saddle for shorter trail rides, but anything over ~ 2 hours, the Bob Marshall is my go-to saddle.


    • #3
      I ride in an Arabian Saddle Company Solstice. Deep but not too deep, COMFY.

      I have ridden 50 mile endurance rides in it, and 25 milers, and taken dressage lessons in it.

      I mostly trail ride in it. Flat and also very hilly. Nice saddle. I rode my arab in it, now my Rocky Mt horse. Both are wide's. My saddle is now over 10 years old, very very good condition.


      The black horse (with red pack) and the chestnut horse are wearing the same saddle. I use a black sheepskin seat cover. It is a nice sticky saddle, with or without the sheepskin.


      • #4
        Eli Miller


        • #5
          I love the Fabtron Lady Trail w/flex tree.


          • #6
            Stubben Scout.

            This is a montage of photos of a Scout currently for sale. It is identical to mine, except that this one is black and mine is honey (a light brown).


            Very comfortable, very well designed, very well made. Generally not cheap, but in this case you get what you pay for.

            Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


            • #7
              I ride in a Tucker Equitation Endurance saddle; tree is like a western but no horn and it has English girth and stirrup leathers. Lots of rings to hang things and very comfy for me and - lucky me - for my horse. I know that because I do LDs and CTRs so back is checked frequently and thoroughly and never any problems.
              It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.


              • #8
                Supportive and comfortable are both incredibly subjective.

                I can't stand Tuckers and feel unsteady and above the horse in them, other people think they're the bees knees and would probably hate my favorite saddles.

                What about a nice, deep dressage saddle with knee and thigh rolls?


                • #9
                  I have an Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle and I really like it. I just got it in July. I had had a previous AMTS but it no longer fit my horse so I had another made to fit him.

                  My cousin just received a Steele saddle. She and her horse were having fit issues and she LOVES this saddle and she is sitting straighter and so her back is feeling better.

                  If I ever buy another trail saddle it will be a Steele.
                  Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks to all for the advise. I just looked at the Steele saddles. They look like they have a definate "Sweet spot" for the seat making them very secure looking which is what I'm looking for. I might call to see if they have any used ones.
                    Several that you all mentioned look like great saddles. thanks
                    Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Whitfield Farm Hanoverians View Post
                      Thanks to all for the advise. I just looked at the Steele saddles. They look like they have a definate "Sweet spot" for the seat making them very secure looking which is what I'm looking for. I might call to see if they have any used ones.
                      Several that you all mentioned look like great saddles. thanks
                      My wife had a Steele Plantation saddle for many years. It worked well for her on her Walker. I tried it and found it uncomfortable. It was very well made and is a good choice for those who find the style comfortable.

                      Good luck; I think you've made a good choice!

                      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


                      • #12
                        I too owned a Steele saddle. I ordered it direct and when I took my first ride, it was uncomfortable. The saddle was too wide in the seat - hit me where my thighs meet my legs. I am a short woman and that might be part of the problem. I didn't care - sold it on ebay.
                        If you cannot set a good example, at least serve as a terrible warning....


                        • #13
                          Lots of people love Dixieland saddles. I find them very well made and heavy as lead.

                          Lots of people love Tuckers- they are heavy too, and set you way up off the horse's back. I rode in one for a few years, but I wouldn't go back to one.

                          Crestridge saddles are nice mid range saddles but they kill my seat bones.

                          You gotta sit your tush in it to know.


                          • Original Poster

                            Well I finally decided on the Tucker Big Bend saddle.http://www.tuckersaddlery.com/catalog8.shtml
                            Made for those that might have a little more "junk in their trunk"! Cantle is 2" wider but still has narrow twist/stride for thighs. Gel, cushy seat. Mine is dark brown with tooling. Just ordered it today & should have it Friday. Can't wait & hope I love it.
                            That being said, I looked at the saddles everyone mentioned & of them all the Allegeny Mountain Saddles looked like top quality for a low price. I mean truly top quality. Wonder how they do it? I just need a saddle now, not in 2 1/2 months so went on with the Tucker. Hoping I love it when I get it. Thanks everyone for the advice.
                            Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!