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  • What saddle are you using?

    Just curious as to what type of tack you are using, as most of us on this board prefer English style saddles.

    I was riding in a Bob Marshall sport saddle, but needed something with more support (I have an old injury that causes muscle spasms on my right side). I just tried and feel in love with a Duett companion trail saddle -- and it actually FITS my horse (miracle of miracles). Since the weather has been horrid, I haven't been able to test drive it on the trail, but I'm really looking forward to the first trail ride in it -- the seat is very comfortable!

    I also have a Zilco bit hanger (instead of the more traditional halter/bridle combos that I always found cumbersome) that I absolutely love. I just strap it on over a regular leather halter and I'm ready to go.
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    Just curious as to what type of tack you are using, as most of us on this board prefer English style saddles.

    I was riding in a Bob Marshall sport saddle, but needed something with more support (I have an old injury that causes muscle spasms on my right side). I just tried and feel in love with a Duett companion trail saddle -- and it actually FITS my horse (miracle of miracles). Since the weather has been horrid, I haven't been able to test drive it on the trail, but I'm really looking forward to the first trail ride in it -- the seat is very comfortable!

    I also have a Zilco bit hanger (instead of the more traditional halter/bridle combos that I always found cumbersome) that I absolutely love. I just strap it on over a regular leather halter and I'm ready to go.

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    • #3
      I ride in a Passier dressage saddle (PS Baum) that now has a nice sheepskin cover on it. My daughter uses a Circle Y western-style -but hornless- endurance saddle. The western and endurance saddles are good because you can dangle all sorts of things from the rings. So I make her carry stuff. We don't use breast plates even though we ride alot in mountainous areas since our horses came with withers. On rides I put the bridle over a halter and tie a rope around my horse's neck mecate-style so I am ready to trot out and tie at a vet stop on my own.

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      • #4
        Right now I ride in a Crosby Prix St. Georges Soft Ride saddle and I also have an older wintec saddle, too.

        I have never owned an endurance or trail saddle, but I have ridden in the Wintec endurance saddle. I absolutely loved it. Even before I had any interest in endurance riding, I wanted one just for schooling and trails (but with regular irons, not endurance stirrups).


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        • #5
          I have an American Saddlery endurance (western no horn) saddle that I mainly ride in now, and also a Kieffer all purpose dressage Aachen. I used to ride in just the Keiffer, but about 6 years ago got a deal on a new endurance saddle. I love all the ties and clips, and although heavier than the Keiffer, it seems pretty well balanced on my girl. She knows when the trail saddle comes out, it's all for trails, when the Keiffer comes out, could be ring work or to give a lesson.
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          • #6
            ugh, the great saddle search. :P I've ridden endurance for 8 yrs now, have been through a Klimke, Stubben and Smith Worthington--all excellent saddles, but needed more weight bearing surface area (I ride as a heavyweight) for the 50 mile distances. I've had a Ortho-flex which was great for some horses, but made others VERY sore, borrowed a Marciante which I really liked, then rode in a aussie Longreach Endurance--loved it till my horse muscled up, changed shape and then it didn't fit anymore. Finally, a couple years ago, in a fit of desperation I ordered the Bob Marshall (treeless) endurance saddle and have used it on everyone ever since. Wow, what a nice ride! I actually won a Best Condition award the first ride I went to after getting that saddle. I was told that it was a poor choice for heavyweight riders, but have not found that to be true, I've ridden that saddle on a bunch of 50's, never had a sore back--and don't see the chiro much anymore!
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            • #7
              We ride in Stubben's APs or a Passier close contact.

              We do have a McLellan clone but it suspends you too far away from the horse's back to make it a safe ride on a spooky horse. It's a great saddle on the right horse, just not the one I am riding currently.
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              • #8
                I actually once rode a 100 miler in a park saddle and penny loafers. Sort of a spur of the moment thing...

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                • #9


                  Penny loafers!??

                  I'm impressed! (Of course, I get actual chafing pains when I hear about the "old timers" riding in jeans.)

                  Hub and I have three/four saddles in rotation at the moment (someone is always growing in or out of one) for the three horses:

                  Bob Marshall Endurance
                  Arabian Saddle Company Solstice
                  Campbell Paragon
                  Albion Style Ultra

                  All with EZ ride stirrups!

                  --Patti

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                  • #10
                    I ride in a Wintec 500 AP or a Dakota Arabian western saddle right now (just trail riding). What I WANT though is a Tucker Endurance! OMG!!! My friend let me borrow her's twice before, and that is undoubtedly the most comfortable saddle that I've ever ridden in and my horse thought the same! It was as if it had been custom made for both me & my horse, and it wasn't even my saddle, lol! So, once I get my truck paid off in about 6 or 7 months, maybe I can put that money (or most of it) away each month to start saving up to buy one.
                    Bits, I just use a snaffle for any of my horses, either an eggbutt or a dee-ring. Now that I'm feeling good/confident in my horse, I'll probably go ahead and start ridng him out on the trails in my The Bitless Bridle---he's fine in it, I just hadn't been confident enough til now to go ahead and trust him that he'll stay fine in it outside on the trails in "the real world"
                    Tabatha

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                    • #11
                      I have a collegiate jumping saddle that I did 50's in and use for trail riding, I tried all kinds of saddles except for western. I had a wintec all purpose but it didn't fit my horse, had a stubben dressage saddle, didn't fit me. I know jumping saddles are not the most comfortable but it fit me and the horse I was riding. It has a soft seat.
                      I did not use a bit, either a halter or a hackamore, rope reins.
                      A fat middle aged woman on a big headed horse.

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                      • #12
                        I have a Abetta endurance that I like a lot because it is lightweight, fits the horse, and the stirrup will swing backward far enough so I can touch the hindquarters with my foot still in the stirrup, and forward far enough that I can touch the shoulders. Great on those low brushy trails. However, after about 4 hours my hindquarters go numb.

                        When I rode Peruvians, the saddle that fit them the best was my Wintec AP, and was actually very comfy for me as well. Does not fit my current horse as well, and I'm saddle shopping.

                        Have heard good things about both the Bob Marshall trail saddle, and the Tuckers, but my goodness soo much $$$$$. I just trail ride so justifying that much money is hard.
                        Facta non verba

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                        • #13
                          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by lawndart:
                          Have heard good things about both the Bob Marshall trail saddle, and the Tuckers, but my goodness soo much $$$$$. I just trail ride so justifying that much money is hard. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                          lawndart, I know what you mean and can totally relate...all I can say though, is that once you ride in one, oh my! I've never been one to invest a lot in tack, but I WILL in the next year or so have myself that Tucker I want! One ride in an excellent quality saddle will make one see the truth in the saying "you get what you pay for"! It certainly sold me! I will have no regrets in spending the money, if and when I ever get enough saved up to buy it, lol!
                          Tabatha

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                          • #14
                            On dry rides I use a passier. On wet I'll use the Terminator (my 'haunted' Whippy)
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                            • #15
                              <span class="ev_code_PURPLE">I use an Ortho-flex Patriot, also use breast collar-(with sheepskin on the collar, sheep skin girth & carry sponges, I found that putting more than 1 sponge in the net works best, as it gets more water and is heavier, so it soaks up more water as you move on...and we use a pinchless bit.</span>
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                              • #16
                                I trail ride with a Circle Y Flex Tree Lite trail saddle. I find it very comfy and like the way it looks too. I have two friends that I ride with a lot. One rides in a Bob Marshall and the other in a Tucker. I've tried both their saddles, and still prefer mine. The BM (treeless) feels very different from horse to horse. The Tucker is comfortable, but I don't feel secure at all in it.
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                                • #17
                                  I ride in an Ansur classic dressage saddle and have just purchased a Barefoot Treeless (because my Ansur doesn't have D-rings). Haven't ridden in the Barefoot enough yet to know if I'll like it on trail or not. So far, on piddlin' rides around the paddock it's been comfortable. We'll see how if feels after 10 miles of trotting come spring!

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                                  • #18
                                    I've been wondering about the ansur, i tried my friends and loved it but haven't gone on any long rides with my current horse, she is a widebody morgan with no withers and it seemed very comfortable on her, the problem i see is her back is slightly swayed also, I wouldn't want to do any thing ike 50's with her and am aiming for 25 ctr's at the most, does barefoot treeless have a website
                                    A fat middle aged woman on a big headed horse.

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                                    • #19
                                      Go to endurance.net and search for "treeless." They have alot of vendors who list on that site. Also, go to ridecamp at the same address and browse the archives for "treeless." Lot of opinions; the search results are a little hard to read though.

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                                      • #20
                                        I ride in a Wintec 2000 AP. Just bought it in February, and I LOFF it. I also added the Sprenger jointed stirrups, and my ankles feel so much better now.

                                        I also have an older (15 y/o) Wintec AP that I still use for trail riding on occasion. It's a nice saddle and very comfortable, although it's flatter than the 2000. I wanted a higher pommel and cantle for those "come to Jesus" hills!

                                        Since I do distance riding (15-25 miles), I like a comfortable saddle. I may invest later in a good endurance saddle, but for now the Wintecs fit my needs.
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