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Re: [RC] Bob Marshall treeless endurance saddle question... - Karla Watson

I have 3 Bob Marshalls and lend them out to endurance friends all the time to try out. I have noticed that people either LOVE them immediately or don't like them much AT ALL. Some people get used to their hips like that, some can't stand them and sell their saddles. Thats why you do see so many "barely" used BMs for sale. (bargains for us!) Your body will adjust or it will not work out for you. I wish I could say there is something you can do to make it better, but their isn't. Most people who love them immediately were like me, grew up riding bareback and got used to a wider twist and love to "feel" their horses every move. Lots of dressage people love them too. But if it fits your horse but makes you hurt, you should try something else. Why be in pain.
I do have a friend that has a Torsion treeless and I did ride in it several times. It does have a narrower twist and feels like more saddle under you. Feels similar to a wintec english saddle but treeless. I didn't like it but I am a die-hard BM person and prefer a wider twist. But the Torsion is a really, really nice saddle and I would try that if the BM doesn't work for you.
Good luck.............Karla Watson
O.K - For those of you that ride in the Bob Marshall saddles:

How do you keep your hips from rotating outwards?

I am trying out a BobMarsahll treeless endurance model,
and it feels like it is too WIDE for ME! My thighs seem
to be pushed out, like I'm sitting on the backs of my thighs, and my hip sockets seem to be rotated outwards... which in turn cause me some pain.

The little pommel in front is nice, but as I start to trot & post (i.e. my mare can move BIG & LONG as we trot down the trail), the pommel interferes... but by lengthening the stirrups, I can reduce that interferrence with the pommel...
BUT that then increases the outward rotation of my
hip sockets?

I like the way my mare wants to move under this saddle,
& it is really COOL to be able to feel her bend & flex underneath me... but I don't think I can ride long hours
in this saddle becuase of the pain associated with my hip
sockets. Is this just the way theses saddles ride? If so,
is there another treeless-type saddle that carries abit of
a narrow twist, or carved-out area to relieve the thigh pressure? Any suggestions?

:) J


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