Thursday, July 26, 2012

firefly

I found this lightly used endurance saddle on eBay, darn cheap too. I had been eyeing up this type of comfortable, light, trail saddle for a while and was thrilled when this one was up for grabs for under fifty bucks. It is loaded with rings and straps to use for the trail, for attaching saddle bags and strapping down blankets or jackets. The kind of saddle for me: English, but with a little less class and a little more excited about the trail. I already gave it a name too: Firefly. The black synthetic cover and the yellow stitching reminded me of my glowing friends. The seat looks kind of like a thorax on an insect. I will transfer over my irons and leathers from the saddle I currently use (well loved, but on the small side for me) and give it a try next week. It's the first saddle I ever bought for Merlin and I'm excited to try it out when it arrives!

14 Comments:

Blogger Mary Schroeder said...

very cool. But just looking at it in the picture the bars (front part that rests on the horse) might be too narrow for Merlin. Might want to ask someone to check or if you have been taught how - to make sure it doesn't pinch him. Hope it fits and works for you both!

July 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Is it a treeless saddle? Looks a bit like one my friend has for her broad Welsh Cob and which he goes very nicely in. I hope it is comfy for you too - I found my friends' treeless really stretched my pelvis as it was "broad in the beam" (e.g. across what we call the "twist2 in an English saddle). Mind you - perhaps I am just getting old and stiff!!

July 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I also hope it's a fit because you will LOVE how comfy it is!

July 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

it is treeless! I am hoping that helps with the narrow parts. if not I can always resell it on craigslist or save it for a future horse. I have a feeling there will be more, maybe not here in Jackson, but someday!

July 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen a saddle quite like that. I like the close contact of an English Saddle, but like a little more seat around me than an English Saddle gives. Western saddles are too bulky, I can't stand the stirrups on them.

I find myself drawn to endurance type saddles, but I have wide horses....So maybe this type of saddle would work for me as well. Looking forward to seeing it on him and your thoughts on it.

I have heard that some of the gaited horse community prefers treeless saddles as they allow greater ease of movement for the horse.
Heather in PA

July 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Mary R. said...

I went treeless with my guy about five years ago. I had a lot of help from the people on the Yahoo treeless saddle group. They are a wealth of information and can be of great help in tweaking your saddle to fit you and your horse - or show you how to tell if it is not a correct fit. Best of luck!

July 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Mary R. said...

I went treeless with my guy about five years ago. I had a lot of help from the people on the Yahoo treeless saddle group. They are a wealth of information and can be of great help in tweaking your saddle to fit you and your horse - or show you how to tell if it is not a correct fit. Best of luck!

July 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Mary R. said...

I went treeless with my guy about five years ago. I had a lot of help from the people on the Yahoo treeless saddle group. They are a wealth of information and can be of great help in tweaking your saddle to fit you and your horse - or show you how to tell if it is not a correct fit. Best of luck!

July 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Mary R. said...

I went treeless with my guy about five years ago. I had a lot of help from the people on the Yahoo treeless saddle group. They are a wealth of information and can be of great help in tweaking your saddle to fit you and your horse - or show you how to tell if it is not a correct fit. Best of luck!

July 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Kris Watson said...

Have you ever heard of a Visalia saddle? They were made in the town in which I was born, and still live!!!

Just a bit of trivia....!

Kris
http://krissimplyliving.blogspot.com

July 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger deodar said...

Please be extremely careful with the treeless saddle. While they do give you unbelievable contact with your horse they can be quite unstable. A year or so ago I was shopping saddles for my gaited horse and thought the treeless would be just the thing but every knowledgable saddle fitter I spoke with only recommended them for use on 'dead broke' horses. Seems they turn very easily on a horse's barrel and a sideways spook can put them under the belly. I ended up buying a Crates western that fits both of us but someday, someday I hope to go treeless with Ember.

July 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Jenna.
If for some reason your saddle doesn't fit, Wintec makes adjustable saddles with the Easy Change Gullet System.
The saddle's width is changed with the insertion of a gullet and can be adjusted from very narrow to Merlin wide. I got mine off of ebay for a really good price. Gullets run individually from about $15-$25.
LIsa in Maine

July 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I just bought a nice saddle on ebay for my daughter! It's a Zaldi, a brand I had never heard of but turns out is pretty high end, and it was a steal. I paid for it yesterday and can't wait for it to arrive.

I understand your excitement. :) I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about the treeless saddle once it arrives.

July 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM  
OpenID peihome said...

Great score!

July 30, 2012 at 6:49 PM  

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