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  • flying with saddles?

    Stupid question of the day: How do you all fly your saddles around with you? Usually when I fly to shows, my trunks already at the show (with my saddle in it), but Im flying down to WEF tomorrow morning and my trainer wants my saddle to come down with me. can I just carrie it on with me? I dont even know where my saddle cover is at this point.. Thanks!

  • #2
    I carried mine on my hip and put it in an overhead bin. Not a problem.

    There was an incident where my saddle was nearly slashed open because security thought I might be trafficking drugs, but other than that, I've never had an issue with it.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
      I carried mine on my hip and put it in an overhead bin. Not a problem.

      There was an incident where my saddle was nearly slashed open because security thought I might be trafficking drugs, but other than that, I've never had an issue with it.
      Oh my goodness I would faint

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      • #4
        You should be able to carry it on. You should (obviously) put it in a bag of some sort. Take off the stirrup irons and put them in your checked bag or borrow some down in FL--TSA could see those as a weapon. What airline/type aircraft are you on? On a larger airplane the overhead bin shouldn't be a problem. If it won't fit in there (if you are on a regional jet, or turboprop) it should fit under the seat.

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        • #5
          on most larger planes there is a closet at the front of the plane--when I flew with my saddle I asked if there was room in the closet, because I did not want to squeeze it into an overhead bin-- the steward put it in there for me and it worked out great! so when you board, just ask if there is room--if your plane has one.

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            #6
            Thanks everybody! I thought it was weird that Ive actually never flown with my saddle before. I would die if they threatened to cut it open! Once they did think my spurs on my show boots in my carry on were "weapons" though I did spray some perfume in my saddle case as it was smelling alot like leather, hay and horses.

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            • #7
              Also very easy to check in a duffle bag if you don't want to risk any of above issues and not worry about stirrup irons etc. Just put a few towels around to pad it when jostling around.

              I have a great baker saddle bag that is padded to fly, they may have them at WEF if this is a more than one time thing.
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              Specialized Equine Rehabilitation, Reproduction, and Fitness in the Wine Country of Northern California

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              • #8
                I've been back & forth to Ireland several times with saddles & I've never had a problem. It's treated like the carry on item that it is! Nothing more special than that.
                "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork

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                • #9
                  DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT PUT IT IN A DUFFLE BAG WITH TOWELS FOR PADDING AND CHECK IT. That could very easily result in a broken tree. All it would take would be for one suitcase to land on top of it and poof! ruined saddle. Carry it on. If it must be checked it needs to go in a crush-proof container. Good luck at WEF this weekend!...(sorry for yelling but I am a pilot and I see how bags sometimes get treated)

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                  • #10
                    Wow T-storm...I have done it many times when not allowed to carry on with no problems. Easy tiger.
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                    Specialized Equine Rehabilitation, Reproduction, and Fitness in the Wine Country of Northern California

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                    • #11
                      I've always carried it on (post-9/11) in a fleece-lined saddle bag. It's surprisingly easy to store in the overhead & carry around the airport like a backpack (just loop your arms through the handles; somewhat awkward but better on my back).
                      Nobody has ever said anything to me at security, and I flew through Denver Intl, Midway, and Minn-StPaul. I guess no one suspects I'm going to take a plane with a saddle as a weapon. That being said, I've also gotten through security with a can of mace (accidentally), metal nail files (accidentally), and a box of 200 glass specimen slides (on purpose), so I always wonder what their "criteria" are.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JazCreekInc. View Post
                        Also very easy to check in a duffle bag if you don't want to risk any of above issues and not worry about stirrup irons etc. Just put a few towels around to pad it when jostling around.

                        I have a great baker saddle bag that is padded to fly, they may have them at WEF if this is a more than one time thing.
                        If you've ever watched the guys loading and unloading luggage in the belly of a plane, I would not recommend checking your saddle. I've actually seen luggage run over when it fell off that little tractor thingy they drive.

                        I've had issues with Alaska occasionally when carrying on my saddle but they usually back down when I tell them what they'll have to pay for it if it gets damaged or stolen.

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                        • #13
                          I work for US Airways and travel quite a bit w/ my saddle also.

                          Always, always, always take your saddle as a carry-on, like T-storm said, you do not want to check it, as ramp agents (the people who load the planes) are not easy on checked bags/equipment/etc. Your saddle will get thrown around, and will most likely be damaged at least a bit if you check it. That being said, saddles are not a problem to carry on (I've confirmed this w/ several people at US Airways and w/ FAA & TSA.

                          If it doesn't fit in the overhead, ask politely and most flight attendants will let you store it in the closet, or you can usually shimmy it under the seat.

                          Spurs, bridles, girths, bits all seem to be no problem as carry-ons, but I learned the hard way about crops... I had my $100 crop w/ engraved silver cap taken from me by TSA at Philadelphia Int'l Airport because it was in my carry-on w/ my hat, chaps, boots, and spurs. I'm still pissed about that one and it was over 2 years ago...

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                          • #14
                            Ha ha Plain Bay...I fly for US Airways Express (just about 12 years now!) What you are saying is exactly true. Some ramp agents try to do a good job but some certainly don't care--and accidents are inevitable! My husband (a pilot for another airline) once had to flag down and stop a bus driver on the ramp who had ran over a suitcase. The suitcase had flipped up into the wheel well and was wedged in there on top of the tire as she drove along--and she had no idea she had even ran it over. The tire was starting to smoke. (Sorry--shouldn't laugh. I certainly feel bad for whoever owned that suitcase!)
                            Yes, on some occasions you might need to check a saddle--but pad it well and put it in something that WON'T CRUSH just in case one of the twelve million possible situations for dropping, squashing, running over, etc. happens. If you don't do that--don't be surprised if it doesn't come home in one piece.

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                            • #15
                              ^I've never had a problem with my crop (my only issue is that I am sometimes tempted to use it on people who walk extraordinarily slowly in large groups that are difficult to get around/through! )...

                              I seem to get stopped by security almost every time I fly, so the fact that I haven't had issues with my saddle other than the one incident in Guatemala kind of amazes me. I'm not sure why I look like a potential terrorist. Most people think I look like I'm about 12 or 13.
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                              • #16
                                I flew with mine recently, less the irons, with nothing more then a saddle cover on. I carried it on, and no one said a thing, I just left it at my feet the whole flight. Actually one security guy did ay "In the 15 years I've been doing this, I've never seen someone fly with a sadde. That's awesome!"

                                Two weeks later I flew out with my stirrup irons and leathers in my carry on bag, and secuirty did question them, but once they saw they were stirrups, not bombs, they let me carry them over my shoulder the rest of the way.

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                                • #17
                                  Just a little heads up gang, on a recent return trip from Wellington on US Airways the gate agent had a passenger check her saddle at the gate. The plane was supposedly full (there were empty seats at takeoff) and overhead bins were getting full. Passenger had a regular size carryon and the saddle. Passenger claimed saddle was her "personal item", equvilent to a purse or laptop. Gate agent said saddle was not a "personal item" and had her check it. Must say, passenger was very gracious, gate agent not so much, commenting to me (next in line) that "That's a new one, saddle is her personal item! Ha Ha" I politely replied that MY saddle is a very personal item. I hope this was an isolated event but just thought I'd mention it.

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm confused? Is your tack trunk still going down with the trailer? If so, why on earth would your trainer not let you put your saddle in the trunk? Or are you flying out to try horses so non of your regular stuff is going (which would make total sense as to why you need to fly with your saddle)
                                    Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by eclipse View Post
                                      I'm confused? Is your tack trunk still going down with the trailer? If so, why on earth would your trainer not let you put your saddle in the trunk? Or are you flying out to try horses so non of your regular stuff is going (which would make total sense as to why you need to fly with your saddle)
                                      I wouldn't put my saddle in my trunk for shipping. Forget the expense (it's insured, anyway). But it would take a around 6 months to get it replaced. My horses and trunks go with the shipper...not with me. I have no control over the trunk once it leaves the barn. Anything could happen to it.

                                      Everything else in the trunk can basically be replaced immediately. The saddle, no.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by eclipse View Post
                                        I'm confused? Is your tack trunk still going down with the trailer? If so, why on earth would your trainer not let you put your saddle in the trunk? Or are you flying out to try horses so non of your regular stuff is going (which would make total sense as to why you need to fly with your saddle)
                                        OP has already flown off to Wellie World so won't be back for a bit.

                                        I gather trainer has been down there awhile already and she didn't want to send it ahead to that kind of multi week circuit show for a variety of good reasons when she would not be there for awhile-including not having anything to ride in at home.

                                        The "personal item" affair is a new one for me. If it was within the one carry on and one personal item rule? Should have been OK. If it was in addition to? A third item? Not so much if the plane was getting full and/or the overhead bins were full...and that's possible with all the darn coats stuffed up there this time of year people refuse to move.

                                        But the saddle itself is well within limits for a personal item-smaller then alot of it actually.
                                        When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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