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Re: [RC] which saddle to use - Kathy Mayeda

I think that the original inquiry was about Big Horns and Abettas.  I
know of several high mileage people that have competed in Big Horns
successfully, however they are indeed lightweights.   I would not
hesitate to suggest that somone starts out with an Abetta because they
are indeed a lot more forgiving than most off-the-rack saddles.

I went through a whole year of trying out several types of saddles
before I had the money to buy a ReactorPanel saddle that I love.
After having one I don't think that I would want to ride an Abetta in
longer distances than an LD because the RP is waaaay better.  But I do
like hacking around with the Abetta because it's synthetic and I dont'
have to spend any time on leather maintenance with them and have done
LD's in them without a single issue.


On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 1:32 PM, Beth Leggieri <trailyaya@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm feeling brave today so will make some observations based on my own
version of saddle roulette.

1.? If inexpensive off-the-shelf saddles worked for endurance, then there
would be no market for?our wonderful custom saddlers.??We continue to move
past the "horse culture" sensibilities in which a horse was fitted for a
saddle--and that saddle was sold with the horse if it changed hands.

2.? Generally, you can get away with an ill-fitting saddle if riding a few
trail miles on the occasional weekends.? Most of our long-suffering horses
will tolerate them.? (Although if we were paying attention, we'd know that
they were not happy.? Bless their hearts, they tell us in a thousand ways
that we later identify--in?retrospect--when they are ridden in a
properly-fitting saddle.)? Add distance and time, and most often issues will
develop.? (Of course there are exceptions!)

3.? Generally, lighter riders can get away with more in a poorly-fitting
saddle?than heavier riders can.

4.? Generally, better riders (who use their bodies correctly) can get away
with more in poorly-fitting saddle?than?those?riders who *really need to
take lessons*.

5.? Generally, playing saddle roulette -- trying the economy?off-the-shelf
saddles -- rapidly becomes costly with all benefits of the less expensive
option voided -- when adding in the freight for shipping (ordering and
returning), the cost of vet bills to determine soundness issues that
developed by the horse's attempt to compensate for the poor fit, and chiro
work to fix what developed from their bodies' compensation efforts.


Hideaway Farm, Jim & Beth Leggieri, Denton, TX
Athletes of Antiquity: Soaring Wings and Distance Arabians

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Re: [RC] which saddle to use?, marybenstover
Re: [RC] which saddle to use?, Tiffany D'Virgilio
[RC] which saddle to use, Beth Leggieri