The Endurance Saddle
The next stop for today is for the hard-core endurance riders out there. Arabian horses are particularly popular for this discipline, as they are very well-known for their stamina. There are two types of endurance saddles, English and Australian. Endurance riding is a tough sport and certainly not for the faint hearted. The horses and riders must be able to compete over a varied amount of terrain and weather.
The training of this sport is very demanding as it requires very high levels of fitness. Both horse and rider as a combination must be at peak fitness for their season. There are two competitive types of Endurance: Competitive Trial riding and Endurance riding. Competitive Trial riding covers 15 – 40 miles over 1 – 3 days. They must complete the trial in a specified time. Endurance riding covers 50 – 100 miles in 1 day. This is completed over a 10 – 12-hour period.
The aim is simple – the winner is who’s first to cross the finish line. An Endurance saddle is specifically designed for the horse and rider. These saddles are lightweight and durable. They are designed for added comfort and convenience on these long rides.
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The benefits of the Endurance Saddle
The Endurance saddle is designed to be light weight, durable and comfortable. The weight of the saddle is important. Having a heavy saddle will fatigue the horse quicker. The English version of this saddle is fashioned more like an English saddle with a flatter seat. The Australian saddle has Western features. It has a deep seat, and it is designed for comfort on different terrain.
There are differences between these saddles and Western saddles. Western saddles have a horn. A horn is a piece of leather at the front of the saddle. A horn is used to hang onto, or more commonly for holding the rope in roping. The reason why the endurance saddle does not have a horn, is because rising trot is a common pace in endurance. Having a horn on the saddle restricts movement so a horn would not be viable. The weight of the Western Saddle is a massive difference compared to Endurance saddles. The average Western Saddle weighs 25 – 60 pounds compared to the Endurance which weighs around 13 pounds. The lightest Endurance saddle on the market is 4 pounds. The average English saddle is 11 pounds.
The English Endurance saddle
This saddle designed to sit in for long periods of time. Therefore, it is known as the most comfortable saddle in the UK. Its longer panel provides an even amount of pressure on the horses back. The advantages are it reduces fatigue for horse and rider on long distances over varied terrain. Additional D rings are attached around the front of the saddle. These rings are to carry supplies, due to the distance covered, supplies such as water need to be carried on the journey. On English endurance saddles there is an additional stirrup leather which can be passed under the flap of the saddle rather than through a stirrup loop. This is to reduce the change for rubbing or friction against the rider’s leg.
The seat is what separates the saddle apart. The seat has extra padding to prevent sore muscles. What the seat is padded with depends on the saddle, gel is popular or suede. These materials go on the top of the saddle which gives extra padding. The saddle is specifically fitted to absorb movement. This benefits the horse too, as it gives the horse freedom without compromising their safety. The saddle has a long cut, which is designed to be ridden with long stirrups. You can’t ride in a short stirrup length for hours on end, well, not if you want to be able to walk the next day! Of course, you don’t have to compete professionally to have an endurance saddle. If you enjoy riding over long periods of time they are worth looking into!
What Brands make Endurance Saddles?
Here at the Saddle Bank, we are able to order our customers Endurance saddles. The Bates Icelandic Saddle is £1,599.00 Brand new. This saddle is made from heritage leather and has a more modern, deeper seat. The improved Wintec Pro Endurance is £1,099.00 is another one of our saddles. This Wintec saddle is easy to maintain and has unbeatable comfort. More details on these fantastic saddles are available here.
Are you still unsure about which saddle would suit you best? You can talk to our team direct and we will help you find the best one for you and your steed! We sell over 700 saddles, so check out the adjustable saddles we have to offer here!
Saddle fitting is a something we are really passionate about. Here at The Saddle Bank we see too often saddles which fit the horses very poorly. We feel it is something that is overlooked a lot. In fact, we have designed a course so that horse owners can get more knowledge on the wide world that is saddle fitting. The Recognising Saddle Fit Issues course gives our customers knowledge so that they can assess their own saddles. The course is £15.00 and gives you long-lasting knowledge which can help in assessing the fit of your saddles, and explain what to look for if you decide to part-exchange! To enhance your equestrian knowledge further, check out our online academy courses here.
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