Endurance Saddles

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  • reeseenders Original Poster reeseenders
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    I am mostly a beginner rider, but I have been riding for about 10 months. I really love horses and I am hoping to get one within the next year. I will lease before I buy, as most people recommend.
    I am still choosing what style of riding I would like to do. If I chose English, I would do jumping and dressage, but if I did Western, I probably wouldn’t do cutting, reining, etc. If Western was my choice, I’d focus mainly on trail riding.
    Then I came across an endurance saddle. It looks like an English saddle, but it is treeless and looks more comfortable. It is made for trail riders!
    I would probably get an English saddle and that one…what are your thoughts?
    I don’t have that much money to spend on tack, so I was looking at these.

    English starter set: http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/EP8414
    Western starter set: http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/1008/KS4130
    Endurance saddle: https://www.equestriancollections.com/english-saddles/endurance-saddles/treeless-endurance-saddle-12?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&scid=scplp203-369796&sc_intid=203-369796&gclid=CjwKEAjwsLTJBRCvibaW9bGLtUESJAC4wKw1L6M_TrtwPTKwF3fajn9CXYxK6gy6tlKI2QEMv-aJlRoCcYnw_wcB

    Joan Fry
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    Hi, have you decided yet? I have to admit that I’m a little biased here. I trail ride using my old dressage saddle. Western saddles tend to be more comfortable, especially for beginners, but eventually I got interested in dressage and switched. Now I wouldn’t go back to Western! I’m glad you plan to lease a horse before you buy–does that mean you’ll also take lessons? I think that would be a good idea. It would also enable you to experience both saddles, so you could make up your own mind. Based on what I’ve read, most veterinarians don’t like treeless saddles because they rest directly on the horse’s spine, which is why trees were invented in the first place: they rest on the muscles on either side of the spine, but never on the spine itself. With your attitude and desire to learn, I bet you’ll find the perfect horse for you and will enjoy a good long life together.

    Joan Fry
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    A few more thoughts. Most Western saddles are too heavy for me to pick up, let along sling over my horse’s back. Some people like synthetic Western saddles. I’m not one of them. I especially dislike the rubber girths, although if somebody will tell me why they’ve become so popular I might change my mind. They get the horse’s belly soapy wet. If you’re thinking about buying used tack, your biggest concern will be whether the tree is sound, or has it been broken.

    Here’s where the riding instructor comes in. She’ll probably know enough to be able to test the saddle to see if the tree is intact. If the tree is broken, your horse will let you know about it. Don’t put him through that. A riding instructor can also show you how to do a single-rein stop. It’s not hard. As Clinton Anderson (and others) have pointed out, they’re an effective way of stopping a bolting horse, or one that bucks or otherwise tries to tell you how unhappy he is. Hope this helps!

    G & S
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    I start a lot of beginners, and I always start them with English tack. The western saddles are much heavier, and they lock the rider in place, with is exactly what the western saddle is designed to do, as they were designed for working cows and things like that, but they do not teach the rider to balance or to feel what the horse under him/her is doing.

    Endurance can be a fun sport. I have a friend who now does primarily Endurance, with a little dressage, and she found that neither standard English nor Western saddle pads fit endurance saddles. So she now makes saddle pads specifically to fit endurance saddles. If you do decide to go for endurance saddles, contact me & I will give you her contact info.

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