Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Would a dressage saddle work for trail riding?


MaggieMae said...

A dressage saddle could work for trail riding. There are a couple of things about this one that concern me. The weight bearing pads underneath almost appear a bit pointy. I would ask for a better picture of the saddle from the underneath to check. A pointy pad concentrates the weight of us larger girls uncomfortably on a horse. Also, dressage seats just seem smaller to me. I ride in an 18 inch in all purpose saddles, but generally need larger in a dressage saddle. I have no idea why. Synthetic is nice as far as care goes. I have deffinitely trail ridden in my dressage saddle, but still do prefer my stubben all purpose. Also, I think you have mentioned ankle issues and I know my dressage saddle does sometimes cause me more ankle stress, something about the leg position, but that might be specific to my saddle as it is a cheapie.

MaggieMae said...

This is what I ride in:


Not sure why they term it as close contact, but to me it seems more AP. If it goes cheap, it's a great deal. Don't worry about the condition of the knee rolls. The only thing a used saddle could need is for the padding underneath to be restuffed. These saddles take a licking and keep on ticking. I got mine over 10 years ago, still use it and it was at least 20 - 30 years old when I got it.

Evergrey said...

Yar, good points. :o

And as a side note... oh my gods, that tack store! *drools*

MaggieMae said...

Amazing isn't it? I live in horse crazy northern Virginia and even we have nothing that big.