The saddle I use when I ride is an old Circle Y; I bought it used from a tack store when I first bought Blue because I had gotten rid of my old saddle when I sold my previous horse, thinking I was done with horseback riding. I know, how shortsighted of me. When I think of what I would have missed had I not found Blue, it staggers the imagination.
Anyhow, the old Circle Y is made for a large person. The seat is something like 18 inches. I probably could do nicely with a 16-inch seat. And the Circle Y is so heavy you just can't imagine. Cliff says it probably weighs seventy-five pounds, at least. So it isn't easy to hoist up on Blue's back.
Since the grandson came to stay here, I've used his saddle a lot; he has no use for it anyhow. It fits me better and is much, much lighter. It's what I used yesterday when I rode.
This morning I was reading the horse forum on Homesteading Today (the link is over on the right with all my links), and came upon this thread, "Let's talk about saddles". That got me looking at these "natural ride saddles", and by george, I think I may end up with one of these!
It's cheap, it's affordable, it's light-weight.
In the past, I've had experience with what they call "saddle pads". They leave plenty to be desired; I'd even say they are downright dangerous.
But after reading about somebody's positive experience with this natural-ride saddle, I'm thinking this is much more than a saddle pad.