ridecamp@endurance.net: saddle fitting device

saddle fitting device

Thu, 3 Apr 1997 14:52:12 -0500 (EST)

I'm in the "great saddle hunt", having been through two so far. Has anybody
had any practical experience with this saddle fitting device described in the
most recent Trail Blazer? From this article and others I've seen in ridecamp
the opinions seem to be in two different philosophical areas: 1) if the tree
doesn't fit, then how can the saddle and 2) flexible trees and panels really
don't work. I expect satisfied Orthoflex users would disagree with the
latter premise. The article in ridecamp that talked about the success of
Orthoflex saddles on long backed horses fits my experience with my friends
saddles. I have a short backed arab. Any shortbacked horses out there that
love their Orthoflex? The problem with the first premise is how "custom" is
it if a company only has four sizes of trees, or 10 for that matter. I
realize that a sports saddle dispenses with the whole tree deal since it is
treeless! Being a little on the chicken side, the sports saddle is not as
secure feeling as a tree saddle, or is it a matter of just getting use to it?
Has anyone had experience with the Desoto saddle made by Marilyn Horstmyer?
I'd appreciate any and all experience and advise.

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