Trail Saddle

Because it is created primarily for enjoyment riding, the trail saddle is also known as a pleasure saddle. The basic goal is to be comfortable. Hours spent in the saddle on rough terrain can make you appreciate a saddle that is designed to reduce body wear.

This saddle is substantially less weight than working saddles like roping or ranch style saddles because you will not be doing heavy work on your leisure rides. Trail saddles come in more forms than any other western saddle type because they are so popular and preferred by so many riders. There are many different tree, horn, swell, seat, and skirt styles to pick from.

A trail saddle’s typical features include:

  • The fork is higher to keep you secure in the saddle.
  • Thinner horn with a padded seat ideal for gripping on to rather than dallying a cow.
  • Padded seat.
  • Cantle of medium height with pronounced dish (front side recess) for comfort.
  • Cutout or round skirts are frequently used to reduce weight and bulk.
  • Fenders are placed beneath the rider’s torso to keep him in the right riding position.
  • Stability and comfort are provided by the wide stirrup tread.
  • Double rigging to keep the saddle’s back in place
  • Rigging in the skirt to lighten the load
  • When climbing hills, use the breast collar to keep the saddle from sliding rearward.
  • Tie coats and gear with many saddle strings.
  • Weight reduction

The most common type of saddle purchased nowadays is a trail or pleasure saddle. The majority of riders ride for fun and do not require heavy working saddles. Because of their popularity, new materials (such as synthetics) and concepts (such as treeless saddles) are frequently introduced and gain traction in the trail/pleasure saddle category.

While some pleasure riders prefer the ranch-style saddle for its comfort, security, and tradition, the trail saddle, with its various variants and less weight, will appeal to the majority of riders.

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