Favorite Lightweight Trail/Endurance Saddle??

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  1. FreshPaint

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    PLEASE share your personal experiences with your favorite saddle. I'm leaving the show pen for health reasons. I'm selling my Western Show Saddle, keeping my Sofride and am looking for another more secure saddle for my real lazy rides. I need lightweight(can't lift much) COMFY seat for me and, of course, good fit for my HUGE Paint. Recently looked into OrthoFlex(not sold on the flex tree concept) and Specialized Saddle Co. and Synergists in addition to all the more familiar brands. My limit is $2000 but would like to keep it well under that. Of course I may have to buy gently used. I probably won't purchase until I sell my 2 Chavez Show saddles(one for everyday). So I'm looking for any and all info/input until then. Thanks
     






  2. joce

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    If you want really light you can't beat the abetta endurance. Don't have to worry about taking care of leather as well. Comfy, fits well, and you don't cry when it gets wet or muddy. Cheap-but then again won't last as long as a leather saddle. But mines been going for two years with no issues.

    http://www.buytack.com/products-saddles/act/20554.htm

    We have two of these now. Just check the nylon rigging before heading out. I got my bf his used for 150 off craigslist and it was in perfect shape. We have the one with the aireride(think thats what its called),not the fleece bottom.


    If you want something leather there are some circle y endurance
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Flex-Lite-Endurance-Expedition-Saddle-Circle/dp/B000XMX0DE"]Amazon.com: Flex-Lite Trail Endurance 'Expedition' Saddle by Circle Y 1575: Sports & Outdoors[/ame]

    that is a flex but they are not all. I do really like some circle ys.

    and tucker endurance
    http://www.outfitterssupply.com/tucker-endurance-saddle-comparison.asp

    But they are much heavier.
     
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    How light is light for you? I got a H bar J Southfork Trail saddle recently. It's about 24lbs. Very light for me since I'm old and can't lift more than that over my head.

    I too looked into the same saddle brands you listed but I found a lot of diverse opinions about them and how the flex trees can go wrong and wear out on you. I decided against them and went to Stagecoast West's website. They have very nice quality made saddles for around a grand to 1400 bucks. Lots of tree widths available also. My saddle was available in three gullet sizes and in mule bars.

    If you don't mind synthetic, an Abetta or CircleY is very light weight. If you don't mind synthetic and want VERY secure, you can get Aussie saddles in synthetic. Wintec makes a nice one and it has the cair and adjustable gullet system.
     
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    I love by Abetta Endurance; very lightweight, love the endurance stirrups and fits my mare amazingly. The neoprene bottom really gives it good "stick" for long rides :)
     
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    I love my Ultralite M&W trooper. They are honestly the most comfy saddles I've ever ridden in. And it fits my wide, stocky Rocky Mtn. horse. They can also make them in a wide tree. Its about half leather and half synthetic. It only weighs 10 lbs. without the endurance stirrups that I use! And they are a lot more secure than they look. I rode out a violent spook/bucking episode in this saddle that I would have been dumped in my Western saddle, or the Aussie saddle I used to have. AND. . .I think they're sexy looking! Be sure to go with a well known name though--no ebay knock-offs! I got mine barely used for $400. Brand new they are $650 currently. I wanted an M&W only, as that is the kind I'd ridden in and been so impressed with. But I hear Haggis and Tarpin Hill are also good, but no personal experience with them myself. I hear more negatives about Tucker, but it all depends on the rider and horse in the end, of course.

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    Sorry for the double pic!
     
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    Saddle info...Yippee!

    Thanks for all the "experienced" input. I knew this site would be a good insightful source.
    Light weight for me is as much under 25lbs as I can get
    So many thumbs-up for Abettas. I need to revisit them. I sat in a few, some years ago, and found them board hard and unforgiving to my old rear.
    I don't mind synthetic or blend as long as it fits me and my "Big Boy" and has a soft seat.
    The Steele looks great, but the top of my price range. I'm going to call them.
    Thanks Everybody!
     
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    Pretty horse. I never heard of this saddle. I'll look into it also. Can't beat the price point.
     
  10. Sunrisepony

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    Yeah, I tried Abettas, goodness, they all hurt. Those trees, ouchy!

    What about an Australian? Most are lightweight, you can get synthetic or leather. They are for the most part super comfortable, very deep seat so very secure. And what size Gullet are you looking for? I have an Black One I am trying to sell, it's 8" Gullet. Not sure the exsact seat size. But it's barely 18lbs? Super Comfortable too. I last fall spent four hours in it non-stop and I could still walk afterwards. If you're interested, PM me. I'll get you any photos you want or anything. It's also English Rigged, so works with an English Style Girth but can be converted to Western with an Billet Converter.
     






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