Best saddles for long distance riding?

February 24, 2010

I am going to need a trail saddle for doing competitive trails/endurance and just riding on the trails and arena at my barn. I want a western or "endurance" styled saddle. The horses I’m looking at are all either arabians, arab x stock horses, gaited horses, and appaloosas. So different saddles for those different shaped horses are welcome. Some I have looked at are imus, circle y, abetta, and tucker.
I want it to be light weight (definately not more than 28lbs) and under $2000.
Thanks!

Well, you’re looking in the right places!! I’ve had really good luck with Circle Y saddles! I actually bought a barrel saddle just to use for gaming and rodeos, but now I use that saddle for trail riding, training horses, riding my pleasure horse during off season, gaming/rodeos, even in pleasure at fun shows, and for just riding for fun at home! It’s super comfortable and light weight!! And I’ve used it on many different breeds!!
They also just have saddles for trail riding and Arabians specifically.

My best bet would be to go with a Tucker or at least really look at some! When I was looking for a saddle for my dad as a birthday present, I looked at mainly Tuckers (since all he does is trail ride and farm work lol) and was really impressed with how comfortable those babies were! I couldn’t find any that were that light weight that I can remember, but Tucker is a very well known trail saddle producer!! They also just have saddles specifically for endurance!

Remember to look at your local tack shops too! Saddles there are usually more cheaper and it’s nice since you get to go and see if it fits you there! Be sure that you can send a saddle back if it doesn’t fit you or your horse (whether your going to try one from a store or from online). Hope this helps!

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CountryGal February 25, 2010 at 12:34 am

Well, you’re looking in the right places!! I’ve had really good luck with Circle Y saddles! I actually bought a barrel saddle just to use for gaming and rodeos, but now I use that saddle for trail riding, training horses, riding my pleasure horse during off season, gaming/rodeos, even in pleasure at fun shows, and for just riding for fun at home! It’s super comfortable and light weight!! And I’ve used it on many different breeds!!
They also just have saddles for trail riding and Arabians specifically.

My best bet would be to go with a Tucker or at least really look at some! When I was looking for a saddle for my dad as a birthday present, I looked at mainly Tuckers (since all he does is trail ride and farm work lol) and was really impressed with how comfortable those babies were! I couldn’t find any that were that light weight that I can remember, but Tucker is a very well known trail saddle producer!! They also just have saddles specifically for endurance!

Remember to look at your local tack shops too! Saddles there are usually more cheaper and it’s nice since you get to go and see if it fits you there! Be sure that you can send a saddle back if it doesn’t fit you or your horse (whether your going to try one from a store or from online). Hope this helps!
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Circle Y User
Tucker User
Always Trail Riding!

My turtle "Rock" February 25, 2010 at 1:21 am

http://www.culturedcowboy.com/saddles/bighorn/pages/Cordura/bh_119.120.htm

I have to say without a doubt the Big horn endurance saddle is the most comfortable one I have sat in. Its center fire rigging fits a wide range of horses and I’ve used it on arabians, standardbreds, quarter horses and some grade horses out in montana.

The saddle has been shipped back and forth to montana and used on horses to go camping and trail riding in the mountains.

honestly if you can find one. Buy it. Mine is closing in on 20 years old now and I love it.
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Flash February 25, 2010 at 1:54 am

Western saddles mainly, I would say abbeta saddles because they are lightweight and most of them are easy to care for. Definitely go to a tack shop and sit in different kids and see which one seems most comfortable..
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Angie February 25, 2010 at 2:08 am

I have a Circle Y, and I love it. I’ve used it on short and long rides. Just this past summer we went on a 6 hour ride, and it was extremely comfy. It’s also very lightweight, I’d guess 30 pounds at the most. I don’t know how much they sell for, though, because I only paid $50 for mine from a neighbor.

I’ve never used any of the other brands you mentioned.
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bleuisland09 February 25, 2010 at 2:41 am

o my goodness, we have the most comfortable saddles where I work. Look at Circle Y and also their other brand High Horse. (which is cheaper than Circle Y itself) They have this temperpedic like seat, and its AMAZING.

http://www.highhorsesaddles.com/catalog.shtml#

Click on View Catalog to view the saddles. The Cordura Easy fit and Marble Falls Easy fit I believe are the amazingly comfortable ones.

They also cater to the gaited trail horse so they have saddles just for their body type as well.
Oh and where I work we are having a huge sale on these saddles atm so they are all under 1000…(nothing is wrong with them, we are just getting ready to order new stuff for this year) So if you decide on one that we have, let me know!

EDIT: Hey I just got to work and looked at one of the trail saddles. Circle Y’s Flagstaff Trail has an amazingly comfortable seat to it. Here is a link to it so you can get some more info http://www.shopatron.com/products/productdetail/part_number=1571/468.0.1.1
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