Manufacturer: Eli Miller (View all products by Eli Miller)
Model: Kentuckian Endurance / Trail (View all Kentuckian Endurance / Trail reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I bought this as a Christmas present for me and my horse about 3 years ago. It had crossfire rigging which I hoped would eliminate the girth galls my racking horse routinely got. I got it at G&G Flatshod Farms and paid about $1,000 for it with the breast band and girth.
Likes: I LOVE this saddle and so does my horse. No more girth galls and he moves out beautifully. What I really love is that it only weighs 19 lbs and I have no problems lugging it around and saddling. We do long rides in the Appalachians and this saddle gives me a really secure feeling while still allowing me to feel the horse's movement under me. It's almost like sitting in a pocket. I love the endurance handhold rather than a horn. I had a friend get bruised lungs when his chest slammed into his saddle horn and since I don't rope cattle who needs a horn to poke up in front? It also eliminates getting your bra caught when you're going up a steep hill! (You ladies know what I'm talking about.) The only time I would EVER replace this saddle would be if my butt got small enough to need a smaller size and then I'd get another just like it! It's supremely comfortable!
Quality: We took it along on a trip to a professional saddler and he expressed amazement at the softness of the leather!! It's been through rivers and dried out before I could condition it again, and it comes right back to it's normal state. I use a tacky tack pad and nothing else and my horse has no back problems. The handhold is perfect fit for this 60 year old woman. In three years I've never had a problem...ask me again in 20 years!
Summary: If you are looking for a COMFORTABLE trail saddle for you as well as your horse and that is light, yet doesn't hurt your horse's back, you can't go wrong with this saddle! If you're used to a forward seat, it's still doable in this saddle. It may have been designed for a gaited horse, but I don't know why ANY horse would have a problem with it as long as the tree fit his back.
Usefulness Rating: 4.28571 out of 5.
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