Horse Saddle: I am the lovely piece of work placed
on the back of horses for riders to sit upon. I ensure stability
for both riders and horses, and distribute the weight of riders
evenly. I come in several forms, numerous enough to make your
head spin. My variations are shaped in regard to location
[e.g English, Australian, Western, German etc], tree type
[e.g Wade, flex Tree, treeless etc], production technique
[handmade custom or manufactured], material [Leather or synthetic],
activity [parading, roping, show, endurance, racing, trail,
reining etc] and several others.
English Saddle: I am the saddle used to ride horses
in "English riding" disciplines world wide. Though with an
English background, I am not limited in use by English speaking
countries or in England alone. I have features that make me
unique and stand out as envy in the equestrian world. My Stirrups
can be detached from the saddle [in case of an emergency].
I have a piece of equipment known as a girth, which is used
to keep me in place on a horse. It passes under the barrel
of the equine, usually attached to me on both sides by two
or three leather straps called billets. My rare end has a
subtle and not-too-obvious feature known as the Cantle [or
Seat]: This is used to provide greater comfort and security
to riders. I generally cover a small surface area compared
to others, yet have proven to be more effective with simplicity.
Much of the weight bearing area in me is supported by a large
internal flocking inside the panels.
Australian saddle: I am the saddle used for activities
requiring long hours on the horse. I came as a variation of
the English saddle eons ago, but have soon developed my own
uniqueness as time went by. I have a distinct feature known
as the Knee pad [aka 'poleys'] to provide security for riders
who ride in rough conditions & spend long hours on horses.
The 'poleys' are usually located around riders thighs in front
of the saddle. I was designed to cater for conditions ranging
from soothing to rigid. My seats are deeper than the typical
English saddle and my Cantle higher. I am kept on with a girth
attached to the billets under the flaps.
Western Saddle: I am the saddle used for Western
Riding in the United States of America, mainly in the 'western'
part. I am often tagged with the 'cowboy' name. I was designed
to provide both security & comfort to riders and their horses,
traveling long hours in harsh environment. I fancy being flashy
and different. I tend not to like 'simplicity' because I pride
myself at being unique and robust. I don't call my girths
'girths' [you bet] but cinch. My Stirrups cannot be detached
from me in an emergency, but instead I have a wider tread;
combined with the rider's high-heeled boots- this design minimizes
the risk that the rider will slip through the stirrups during
a fall, and the rider being dragged.
My Cantle is one of the most revealing of all horse saddles,
providing greater comfort and security. I cover a wider surface
area than the Typical English or Australian saddle. My cinch
is tied on with a flat strap of leather or nylon known as
the latigo. I have no padding between the tree and the external
leather and fleece skirting... Okay, okay, it seems I brag
a lot, but really, I'm truly unique because I am the most
'modified' and thoroughly customized to suit riders tastes.
And I am often used for 'show' purposes. Yeah, I show-off
a lot! But there are no 'best' saddles anywhere, only suitable
and familiar ones.
Horse: I am the tamed animal Humans ride upon. I know
not of western, English, Australian, Portuguese, German or
even youth saddles. I only know it when my back hurts if the
seating equipment placed on it pokes my spine or is not properly
fitted- I 'neighhhhhhh' at the rider, indicating pain and
discomfort- and I know when it does not. I love humans, and
would give my full agility and beauty to the ones who seat
on me properly.
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