Saddle Up!

If you went outside to ride right now, what kind of saddle would you most likely use?

English: All-purpose or jumping
English: Dressage
English: Saddle Seat
None, I ride bareback
None, I don't ride

Total votes cast: 2580

Comments & Write-in Answers

I fox hunt, so ride mostly in an AP saddle.

1/13/2014 10:39:04 PM

For quick rides i just go bareback.

1/13/2014 9:28:11 PM

or bareback

1/13/2014 9:15:15 PM


1/13/2014 7:32:00 PM

army saddle

1/13/2014 7:10:36 PM

it depends on the horse

1/13/2014 6:29:32 PM

or bareback

1/13/2014 6:06:21 PM

I need the instruction English. A western saddle's easy for me.

1/13/2014 6:01:56 PM

Love my Bob Marshall treeless endurance model!

1/13/2014 4:04:33 PM

I ride western and hunt seat, but would use western in winter due to their feeling extra "good

1/13/2014 2:58:37 PM

I love the additional protection against a fall compared to my old dressage saddle.

1/13/2014 11:39:35 AM

With the addition of a warm cozy real fleece seat saver!

1/13/2014 10:43:30 AM

tucker trail saddle

1/13/2014 9:38:24 AM

comfortable for both the rider & horse

1/13/2014 4:06:25 AM

toss up between saddleseat and western

1/13/2014 3:52:49 AM


1/13/2014 3:09:14 AM

Or use a pad, since I have a bony butt

1/13/2014 1:21:02 AM

Dressage as long as it is above 15*

1/12/2014 11:29:33 PM


1/12/2014 9:55:29 PM

I prefer the treeless saddles.

1/12/2014 9:53:53 PM

need some easy times.

1/12/2014 7:50:04 PM

It all depends on who I am with!

1/12/2014 7:36:45 PM

I use both Western and Englis All Pupose

1/12/2014 6:26:33 PM

Gaited western, lightweight

1/12/2014 5:36:01 PM


1/12/2014 5:01:53 PM


1/12/2014 2:55:43 PM

Or dressage, depending on the horse

1/12/2014 11:10:02 AM

Paso Fino specific tereque saddle

1/12/2014 8:55:02 AM

although I do ride bareback quite a lot

1/12/2014 6:39:48 AM

Riding is fun.

1/11/2014 5:49:59 PM


1/11/2014 5:15:29 PM

only saddle I have. Wish I had an endurance or Aussie though!

1/11/2014 4:44:48 PM

I use a Flexfree treeless saddle-horse is happy!

1/11/2014 3:19:26 PM

Treeless english dressage type saddle

1/11/2014 12:35:26 AM

It's a Synergist custom made for my horse & my body shapes

1/10/2014 10:45:22 PM

Treeless dressage saddle

1/10/2014 9:37:36 PM

Meridean Saddlery-Meridian, Idaho

1/10/2014 9:28:42 PM

Also English : All- purpose

1/10/2014 6:16:21 PM

because it is winter in wisconsin. Use an orthflex western

1/10/2014 5:55:22 PM

orthoflex calvary model

1/10/2014 5:53:27 PM

When i sit in my living room i want the most comfortable spot.

1/10/2014 4:48:10 PM

Western, its cold out! The six layers needed to stay warm just dont work with a hunt saddle.

1/10/2014 4:41:39 PM

Super comfortable!

1/10/2014 4:03:49 PM

Prefer saddle seat, but haven't ridden in quite awhile, so would start out with Western.

1/10/2014 3:26:11 PM

or bareback

1/10/2014 11:41:19 AM

barrel saddle - so secure with the roughout surface and the most comfortable of any I've owned

1/10/2014 10:52:41 AM

(treeless) Freeform treeless

1/10/2014 9:41:47 AM

My all purpose saddle works well for trail riding and dressage.

1/10/2014 9:31:40 AM

I start in an all purpose and usually end with bareback

1/10/2014 9:06:40 AM

I trail ride and a Western saddle is the safest if my horses decide to spook.

1/10/2014 9:03:47 AM

I have 4horses with different saddles 1 western, 1 eng endurance, 1 west endurance, 1 bob marshall

1/10/2014 7:52:09 AM

I used a dressage saddle for flatwork and a jumping GP saddle for hacking and jumping

1/10/2014 4:50:36 AM

If I go out on the trail I use a treeless sport saddle.

1/9/2014 11:49:06 PM

I love my Crosby Prix Dex Nations

1/9/2014 11:17:12 PM

English Treeless

1/9/2014 11:08:48 PM

barrel racing saddle

1/9/2014 10:45:37 PM

Love the close connection of bareback

1/9/2014 9:32:40 PM

Treeless trail type.

1/9/2014 9:26:51 PM

my lightwieght abbetta because its fast and rides well

1/9/2014 8:20:15 PM

I find it the most comfortable

1/9/2014 7:27:07 PM

I ride a Parraini

1/9/2014 7:11:20 PM

Western on my Arab mare, Australian or English on my QH mare

1/9/2014 6:16:14 PM

either my Stock saddle or Half brred - both having swinging fenders

1/9/2014 6:06:57 PM

trail ride with dressage saddle

1/9/2014 6:03:47 PM

Orthoflex western trail

1/9/2014 5:21:07 PM

Hey--how about the BEST saddle--TREELESS!

1/9/2014 4:59:43 PM

or bareback

1/9/2014 4:36:05 PM

iberian (dressage type, flexible leather tree)

1/9/2014 3:03:11 PM

side saddle

1/9/2014 1:09:54 PM

I've ridden western & hunters but just dressage now; is by far the most comfortable type of saddle!

1/9/2014 11:59:57 AM

a military saddle or a side saddle

1/9/2014 11:42:31 AM

Since it's freezing out, probably my big, fleece-lined treeless saddle.

1/9/2014 11:22:59 AM

English close contact

1/9/2014 9:52:56 AM

way too cold for a saddle!

1/9/2014 9:28:52 AM

billy cook sorting starts at tri c/v performance horses michigan sure helps winter go by faster

1/9/2014 6:53:50 AM

bareback pad

1/9/2014 2:39:32 AM

Half breed swinging fender

1/9/2014 1:56:50 AM

I only trail ride and found that a dressage saddle is the most comfortable to this in

1/8/2014 11:58:57 PM

i have an english all purpose/jump saddle but dont use it much

1/8/2014 11:38:19 PM

circle Y Martha Josey, fits a women built, no sore seat bones and nice deep cantel

1/8/2014 11:06:31 PM

Our Wintec dressage saddle is comfy for both of us.

1/8/2014 10:47:10 PM

sport saddle

1/8/2014 9:40:16 PM

My western saddle weighs 40+ lbs and my shoulder is still healing from the last time i used it.

1/8/2014 9:32:56 PM

I love to ride bareback! It's so fun and free feeling!!

1/8/2014 8:38:30 PM

If I went out to ride right now, the saddle had better be heated.

1/8/2014 8:06:07 PM

treeless synthetic

1/8/2014 7:22:53 PM

Dressage is my main focus, so I would typically ride in a dressage sadlle.

1/8/2014 7:12:14 PM

I ride in a barrel racing saddle and bareback sometimes! :D

1/8/2014 7:11:38 PM

Bareback, to keep warm!

1/8/2014 7:10:09 PM

Syd Hill Trail saddle

1/8/2014 6:47:27 PM

Treeless western

1/8/2014 6:42:20 PM

mainly due horse returning from inj and easier to work in light seat in jumping saddle

1/8/2014 6:16:33 PM

Too cold…ground is frozen.

1/8/2014 6:07:08 PM

I don't own anything other than western saddles

1/8/2014 5:58:37 PM

I like western saddles too, but Aussies are the most comfortable for me and horse

1/8/2014 5:24:24 PM


1/8/2014 5:08:46 PM

In reality, bareback because it's 13- here in SW MN.

1/8/2014 4:40:40 PM

Funny you should ask, just got thru cleaning/oiling my Western saddle yesterday!

1/8/2014 4:10:57 PM

I use an old Abetta light weight 15 in with suede seat

1/8/2014 4:10:38 PM

I love my wow saddle and so does my horse

1/8/2014 4:02:59 PM

Because it's the saddle I have

1/8/2014 3:53:07 PM

My tucker Cheyenne is my favorite for trail riding, then my dressage for arena work

1/8/2014 3:41:32 PM

Bob Marshall treeless

1/8/2014 3:38:47 PM

Feel a little more secure in the close contact, but dressage saddle fits the horse best right now.

1/8/2014 3:38:32 PM

waiting for my new ideal custon jump saddle to be done (:

1/8/2014 3:12:44 PM

They great saddles

1/8/2014 3:10:24 PM

I drive.

1/8/2014 3:05:54 PM

Hands down.

1/8/2014 3:05:03 PM

Too darn cold not to ride bareback :)

1/8/2014 2:16:38 PM

Don't forget about Polo saddles, too!

1/8/2014 2:15:22 PM

roping saddle

1/8/2014 2:07:45 PM


1/8/2014 2:01:37 PM

too cold to ride...

1/8/2014 2:00:52 PM

Not by choice, but because it's the only one that fits my horse!

1/8/2014 1:54:28 PM

I love the happy medium between a secure seat but free legs.

1/8/2014 1:53:25 PM

deep snow -safest option no saddle/no bit - if you can't do it you shouldn't be riding in deep snow

1/8/2014 1:47:51 PM

A cutting saddle :-)

1/8/2014 1:46:10 PM

Barrel saddle

1/8/2014 1:43:49 PM


1/8/2014 1:38:15 PM

Its to hard to put on a saddle

1/8/2014 1:36:55 PM

Xc saddle

1/8/2014 1:31:25 PM

I use a Tucker trail saddle - v comfy!

1/8/2014 1:30:16 PM

Very comfortable for me and well fitted to my horse.

1/8/2014 1:30:05 PM

need the deeper seat to help with the spooks & high spirits

1/8/2014 1:29:34 PM

Love my Bates All-Purpose for every day riding.

1/8/2014 1:23:07 PM

Treeless Freeform endurance saddle

1/8/2014 1:21:25 PM

Love my County All Purpose. Custom made for my horse and fits like a dream.

1/8/2014 1:21:13 PM

My Crosby Lexington TC is my all around favorite.

1/8/2014 1:19:54 PM

Close contact, jumping. (Jumping & all purpose should not be grouped together. Very different.)

1/8/2014 1:18:01 PM

I don't normally ride bareback, but in this weather, it's the only way I would stay warm :)

1/8/2014 1:14:18 PM

I tend to ride in my Dressage Saddle when riding alone and in a Jumping saddle with a group

1/8/2014 1:13:39 PM

but i do go back & forth between my jumping & dressage on one horse and a AP &Western on the other

1/8/2014 1:11:41 PM

When the weather is cold, I have a nice synthetic treeless that I use!

1/8/2014 1:06:21 PM

Western as it is the only saddle that fits my horse at the moment

1/8/2014 1:05:23 PM

Ainsley Chester. So comfy.

1/8/2014 1:03:26 PM


1/8/2014 1:02:15 PM

Bareback in the winter helps me keep warm in frigid temps.

1/8/2014 12:58:29 PM

Tarpin Hill Trouper Saddle

1/8/2014 12:33:14 PM

That is till I get my endurance saddle

1/8/2014 12:23:49 PM

when its COLD out i'd rather ride bareback, its much warmer

1/8/2014 12:06:32 PM

Close-contact english or bareback

1/8/2014 11:46:36 AM

My Billy Cook reining saddle!

1/8/2014 11:41:12 AM

Mine is really more of an Aussie/Western cross, but I put it down as Aussie on the list. Love it!

1/8/2014 11:16:07 AM

Western saddles are just so comfortable & look great on a horse too !

1/8/2014 10:59:19 AM


1/8/2014 10:46:32 AM


1/8/2014 10:31:55 AM

Australian to trail ride, A/P English for anything else.

1/8/2014 10:26:30 AM

Only way I have ridden for 66 years!

1/8/2014 10:15:11 AM

specialized saddle that I can adjust as my horse changes with age and conditioning

1/8/2014 10:11:16 AM

I like my lightweight western appearing saddle but without a horn that rides like a dressage saddle!

1/8/2014 9:59:56 AM

Would prefer classic Spanish saddle but don't own one.

1/8/2014 9:30:48 AM

AUssie if going on trail dressage in the arena

1/8/2014 9:14:59 AM

I ride in a Circle Y Just B Natural saddle

1/8/2014 9:05:16 AM

Saddles can get cold and uncomfortable in the winter.

1/8/2014 8:59:01 AM

If i ride when its cold, i prefer to ride bareback - i benefit from my horses body heat!

1/8/2014 8:49:34 AM

bareback pad for winter trail riding -- I like the heat from the horse.

1/8/2014 8:35:03 AM

I find my dressage saddle provides the comfort and fit for trail riding!

1/8/2014 8:27:16 AM

Trooper saddle

1/8/2014 8:25:58 AM

Right now there's lots of puddles to jump over and empty fields to race across...

1/8/2014 8:23:50 AM

I hope no one is riding bareback - the saddle is there to protect the horse's back!

1/8/2014 7:55:07 AM

ancient but good close contact sometimes bareback pad for my old rump total pleasure riding now

1/8/2014 7:05:08 AM

Would use the all purpose only because my western doesnt fit my current horse.

1/8/2014 6:28:24 AM

With temps down to 14 in the Northeast, I would ride bareback just for the warmth!

1/8/2014 6:25:35 AM

My preference is the swinging fender!!!

1/8/2014 2:19:02 AM

I ride Western and English (all-purpose), would like to try both Endurance and Australian

1/8/2014 2:19:00 AM

too cold to do anything more than just hop on

1/8/2014 1:19:21 AM

Tending as many equines as I do I don't have time for riding.

1/8/2014 1:04:35 AM

Treeless saddle

1/8/2014 12:46:29 AM

Don't ride when it's this cold and this much snow on the ground.

1/8/2014 12:40:46 AM

or often just bareback!

1/8/2014 12:31:08 AM

A heated one!

1/7/2014 11:59:53 PM


1/7/2014 11:33:05 PM

As cold as it is tonight I would want to be sitting on something WARM! LOL

1/7/2014 11:25:16 PM

treeless ( Sensation Ride)

1/7/2014 10:35:40 PM

provides better balance

1/7/2014 10:14:01 PM

I ride in a Little Joe Bareback pad for the past 5 yrs LOVE IT.

1/7/2014 10:02:38 PM

I use a dressage treeless (Ansur) fitted for endurance.

1/7/2014 9:53:13 PM

trail ridings the best, gut a sane horse is ok on the road.

1/7/2014 9:44:23 PM

I sold my horse and saddle in May. It is the first time in 49 years that I have not owned a horse.

1/7/2014 9:21:42 PM

what about western:trail, western:roping, western,equitation, western reining, western;pleasure?

1/7/2014 9:21:33 PM

I use a bareback pad with a nonslip back, stirrups added, western cinch added to tighten like a sadd

1/7/2014 9:20:23 PM

depends which horse i ride - dressage or all purpose

1/7/2014 8:43:35 PM

It's warmer in cold weather:):)

1/7/2014 8:41:29 PM

TREELESS! Sensation saddle made by Nickers Saddlery in British Columbia.

1/7/2014 8:41:23 PM

LOVE my tucker vista endurnce!

1/7/2014 8:40:06 PM

way too cold to ride for my horse and me!

1/7/2014 7:25:49 PM

In this cold weather I would ride bareback for the heat from horse

1/7/2014 7:18:44 PM

Hitch up to the carriage and walk on!

1/7/2014 7:18:44 PM

English, HEATED. It's -7ºF outside, the warmest it's been for last 2 days!been

1/7/2014 7:13:06 PM

A heated one!

1/7/2014 7:10:29 PM

For me and my mare the BEST saddle ever: Torsion Treeless !!! Hands down !!! BKD, New Hope, PA.

1/7/2014 6:47:39 PM

Parelli Bareback Pad

1/7/2014 6:37:30 PM

ona a cold winter day pefer to ride western-most other days an all purpose saddle

1/7/2014 6:34:32 PM

I don't understand what an english saddle seat is. I think this must be an american saddle?

1/7/2014 6:33:53 PM

We have a Schleese Link II with fittings as needed Ride Pain Free!

1/7/2014 6:23:22 PM

I love my Specialized Saddle- it adjusts to fit every horse.

1/7/2014 6:20:40 PM

good weather for riding in florida

1/7/2014 6:18:46 PM

It's really cold and my western saddle will accomodate the extra clothes !!!grn!!!

1/7/2014 6:16:49 PM

Bob Marshall treeless, best saddle I've ever ridden

1/7/2014 6:04:00 PM

if a horse has a good back I will ride bareback

1/7/2014 6:03:01 PM

no saddles when it's this cold outside

1/7/2014 6:00:21 PM

When it is cold I usually go bareback. Its warmer and easier when youre pushed for time :)

1/7/2014 5:53:30 PM

Modified McClellan

1/7/2014 5:47:07 PM

Western Gaited saddle

1/7/2014 5:35:48 PM

I do English too.

1/7/2014 5:34:47 PM

bareback pad

1/7/2014 5:22:51 PM

Freezing cold weather makes bareback inviting.

1/7/2014 5:20:36 PM

german military saddle

1/7/2014 4:59:25 PM

I would use my older synthetic suede Wintec Endurance that has a lot of "grip"

1/7/2014 4:59:24 PM

One that has a built in space suit and central heating!

1/7/2014 4:47:18 PM

When I was in a regular program I alternated between dressage & close contact saddles

1/7/2014 4:31:06 PM

I trail ride in a dressage wintec saddle.

1/7/2014 4:23:46 PM

I actually like the bareback saddles that have stirrups.

1/7/2014 4:18:23 PM

Canadian trooper saddle

1/7/2014 4:09:34 PM

I love the deep seat and the feel of the leather.

1/7/2014 3:05:15 PM


1/7/2014 2:43:41 PM

I would use my barrel saddle for my mare and the bareback pad on the old gelding

1/7/2014 2:30:29 PM

I use a treeless or bareback

1/7/2014 2:06:09 PM

It weighs less than my western :)

1/7/2014 1:58:29 PM

polo saddle

1/7/2014 12:24:45 PM

Jumping saddle. Fits both my horse and my riding style best!!

1/7/2014 12:14:43 PM

light weight saddles to make throwing it up uch easier

1/7/2014 12:07:46 PM

we ride either in exercise saddle or bareback. we prefer to feel the horses movements.

1/7/2014 11:49:14 AM

Although I own English and endurance saddles as well. And ride bareback often!

1/7/2014 11:44:31 AM

After 50 years of riding in all types of saddles, my Klimke dressage is my favorite.

1/7/2014 11:29:38 AM

My Tucker is most comfortable for both my horses and me.

1/7/2014 11:26:01 AM

English : close contact

1/7/2014 10:48:44 AM

English: VSD

1/7/2014 10:24:14 AM

I use my dressage saddle on the trail

1/7/2014 9:58:21 AM

plantation saddle english billets

1/7/2014 9:28:54 AM

it is 9 degrees outside, i don't ride in 9 degrees!

1/7/2014 9:21:39 AM

Drive in a Cart

1/7/2014 9:18:31 AM

Changed to dressage from Western about two years ago.

1/7/2014 8:47:22 AM

too darn cold to be riding!

1/7/2014 6:30:59 AM

I use a gaucho kind of saddle.

1/7/2014 5:24:45 AM

Trekking saddle (long slow distance)

1/7/2014 2:02:26 AM

Western sensation saddle (treeless)

1/7/2014 12:38:41 AM