ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: the great saddle debate

Re: the great saddle debate

Erika R Achberger (eachberg@sophia.smith.edu)
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 08:14:23 -0400 (EDT)

Since when is 160lbs heavyweight? I weigh about that (albeit a
few inches taller), and I don't consider myself heavyweight. Middleweight
if anything. Yes I believe you're right about the galling, and I also bet
you would come out well with a sports saddle. The English saddles do
little to distribute weight anyway, so it really wouldn't be much of a
change-- I bet there are lots of people in that weight range using ss
with great success. (I don't have personal experience with the ss,
however). Erika

> Ahhh, I need to get into this too. I'm entering the great saddle hunt also.
> Love my All Purpose Kieffer english saddle but my gelding galls a little
> over the loin area over longer rides. What saddle would someone recommend
> for a heavyweight rider (5'8" 160 lbs) since Sports saddle is pretty much
> ruled out for these. I have a 15.2 hand arab gelding, somewhat substantially
> built, that has a powerful trot. Think this is some of my problem. He
> strides real wide, reaching and powerfully in the back at the trot - to the
> outside of his front (and floats in the front - incredible to ride <g>.)
> Think this is when I get the galling in the loin area - my little English
> saddle is going from side to side in back (I'm standing).

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