ridecamp@endurance.net: [endurance] Saddles

[endurance] Saddles

Cheryl Newbanks (cnewbank@cris.com)
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 01:13:45 -0400 (EDT)

Hi all! I have been dreaming of endurance riding for years and now I have
the opportunity to start since we just bought a ranch. So I've been saddle
shopping. You know how that goes, for months. I would like to get a saddle
and all tack before I head out to Al Marah Arabians. Is this wise or should
I wait to fit it to my horse? Since I don't have any tack I need something
at home at least. Well my request is can you tell me about your endurance
saddles you have and the pros and cons of your brand. I started out riding
english in my early years, trained Standardbred race horses for 13 years (am
also interested in competitive driving if anyone has any info) then rode
western off and on. I like the security of the western saddle, without the
horn, but I don't like the fenders and stirrups. My knees get sore after a
while. I really love english but I want a little more saddle around me to
start since I haven't ridden extensively in the last 10 years. I like the
Aussie style but haven't ridden in one. I was looking at Wintec, SR Enduro,
Marciante, and a few others. As you can see I am all over the place. Then
there is the issue of heat build up on my horses back. I plan on taking
lessons for balanced riding english and beginning level dressage to
supplement our trail conditioning days. Talk to me gang!!! Thanks!
ps: this is a great board!!!!!