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RE: [RC] Experience with Boz Saddle - Lonnie Ruesch

Here, here!  Glad to see someone else chime in on a good experience w/the Boz saddle.  While I haven't had the experience w/the wider range of horses/or as many miles I'm sure that you have, I have ridden mine on a 15hh heavy set Qtr/Arab, a high withered horse, a 14hh slight built Arab, and a 13.3 hh stocky Icelandic.  Just as you have experienced, I never had a sore back on any of them.  I am 4'11 l/2" tall and have never ridden in anything near as comfortable.  I am asemetrical, so had to cut an "in between" notch for one stirrup.  And I love not having a knot under my knee.  My riding career is over for now, so I may be "rehoming" my saddle.  But if I ever get back to riding again, I would buy another Boz in a heartbeat.  I know Boz himself is a very accomplished rider/teacher, but I understand others finding him a little overbearing.  You shouldn't discount a good saddle because the maker has a personality you can't abide.  I have talked w/others in his organization when I needed some help, and they were very nice and accommodating.


From: windsock75@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC] Experience with Boz Saddle
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:15:34 -0600

Thank you, Richard, for explaining the Boz saddle.  I started endurance in 1983 using a Monte Forman Balanced ride stock saddle and when Boz came out with the same tree but made of the flexible material, I bought one immediately.  Still have it and still use it.  For the record, I am under 5 feet tall.  The length of the stirrups is critical to being comfortable.  I have had my saddle and used it on more than 40 different horses, from a 12 hand pony to a 17'2" warmblood,  used it for team penning, jumping, reining, gymkhana, dressage as well as endurance.  Never, ever had a horse sored by it.  I have never had a horse with a sore back at any endurance ride, and I've ridden several horses, often for other owners.  One thing a lot of people don't know is that "Boz" is an incredible horseman, he can really RIDE! and train horses and people.  A very good friend of mine with 7000+ miles rides 5 DIFFERENT  horses and uses her Boz on all of them.  She is 6' tall.  I used to ride bareback a lot;  The Boz saddle puts you in the same spot on the horse's back, with your legs in the same place, that you would be if you were riding bareback. 
I don't care to use a  treeless saddle, however, for I feel it would be like running a marathon in my slippers instead of a well made flexible running shoe.   renie burnett
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Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 10:23 AM
Subject: [RC] Experience with Boz Saddle

Boz certainly is an opinionated person but so was Monty Foreman. The relevance is that Boz is one of the last remaining Foreman Certified Instructors. Janiece Wilson, Patrick Many people who have Boz, Fallis, or Bob's Custom Saddles Balanced Ride (licensed by Gary - Monty's son) swear that you the only way you can have their saddle is to tear it from their cold butt cheeks when they are dead.

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[RC] Experience with Boz Saddle, Richard Sacks
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