[MSAR] Saddles etc.

Tm' Fi tfinkle at erols.com
Sat Jan 28 21:02:12 EST 2006


I got my measurements locally, so I knew what I needed when I ordered.

Tomi`

Sherry C. Hicks wrote:

>When I bought my current saddle I took me and my horse to the saddle maker
>and got us both fitted. I see that they ask for measurements when ordering
>online. How does this fit compare to a personal fit?
>
>Sherry
>
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>[mailto:msar-riders-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Tm' Fi
>Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 8:18 PM
>To: Mounted search and rescue
>Subject: Re: [MSAR] Saddles etc.
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>Sherry,
>
>I have been using an Abetta (synthetic) Southwest Western Saddle for 
>MSAR use over the past several years.  I suggest that you replace the 
>stirrups and add extra D-rings.  The saddle work great on wet trails or 
>when it's raining and is very easy to keep clean.  The down side of the 
>Abetta is that it does get a bit hard after 5 or 6 hours of riding.  
><http://www.russostackshack.com/abetta_saddles/id61.htm>
>
>I recently replaced my leather saddle with a new Big Horn flexible 
>saddle.  I prefer the the leather saddle over the synthetic, but I only 
>use the leather one on nice days and during the dry season.  The new 
>padded seat that Big Horn uses provides excellent all day comfort. 
><http://www.horsesaddleshop.com/flexible-tree.html>
>
>I suggest that everyone who performs MSAR duties to have an extra 
>saddle.  I have the D-rings in the same places on both saddle so I can 
>change my SAR saddle packs from one to another and still know where all 
>my gear is located.  Our MSAR team requires that operational members 
>carry at minimum all items listed on the NASAR SAR Tech-II equipment 
>list plus lead line. 
>
>Tomi`
>
>Commander
>TROT-SAR Mounted Team
>State of Maryland
><http://trot-md.org/sar.htm>
>
>
>
>Sherry C. Hicks wrote:
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>>Which brings me to my next question...Has anyone tried one of those
>>synthetic saddles? They are so light and, shall we say, cost effective. I
>>have some other things made out of cordura and it is extremely durable. I
>>mostly trail ride and am not out to impress anyone. I use an aussie now, no
>>horn to get stuck in the gut with, and like it a lot. I know horns come in
>>handy, but I haven't needed to tie off a calf in the 13 years I've been
>>riding. I have been thinking of a synthetic as a second saddle.
>>
>>Sherry
>>Tennessee - START
>>
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