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sharon
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USA
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Posted - 05/19/2005 :  4:17:10 PM  Show Profile Send sharon a Private Message
Does the weight of the rider effect the performance of a flex tree saddle? Sounds like a crazy question, but in my mind, I would think a large rider could cause the saddle to pinch and rub while riding. Oh well, you really gotta know my mind to understand why I wonder these things.(LOL)! I would like to purchase a saddle for my husband. He rides a 15.1 very blocky quarter horse. He weighs approx. 285 lbs.

"You never know til you know for sure and even then its hard to tell."

EZ2SPOT
Clinician

USA
3785 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2005 :  6:08:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit EZ2SPOT's Homepage Send EZ2SPOT a Private Message
I have wondered about that, myself! Seems to me it would be much like riding bareback or in an English saddle, and both tend to put a lot of weight over a small area.

That is one reason why I like Ortho-Flex saddles; the weight is distributed over a larger area, and I think that makes it a lot easier for the horse to carry the rider.

EZ2SPOT
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EZ2SPOT
Clinician

USA
3785 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2005 :  6:08:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit EZ2SPOT's Homepage Send EZ2SPOT a Private Message
I have wondered about that, myself! Seems to me it would be much like riding bareback or in an English saddle, and both tend to put a lot of weight over a small area.

That is one reason why I like Ortho-Flex saddles; the weight is distributed over a larger area, and I think that makes it a lot easier for the horse to carry the rider.

EZ2SPOT
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Chuck
Forum Admin



USA
1265 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2005 :  6:26:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
No, the weight of the rider will not cause the flex tree to malfunction (within reason). The flex tree does not bend and then keep it's shap but rather has a spring type action to it. It flexes, during movement, but only to instatnly spring back to it's original position.

Chuck

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Chuck
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USA
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Posted - 05/19/2005 :  6:26:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
No, the weight of the rider will not cause the flex tree to malfunction (within reason). The flex tree does not bend and then keep it's shap but rather has a spring type action to it. It flexes, during movement, but only to instatnly spring back to it's original position.

Chuck

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3_day_eventer
Beginning Rider



Canada
66 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2005 :  3:55:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit 3_day_eventer's Homepage Send 3_day_eventer a Private Message
An english saddle is built just like a normal saddle they are smaller due tothe type of riding we do.....such as a dressage saddle has longer flaps cause you ride iwht a long leg and a jumping saddle (close contact) had short and fatter flaps for a short leg in jumping.....the english saddle is made to blance the rider and is still a good saddle!!

Katie
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3_day_eventer
Beginning Rider



Canada
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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  3:55:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit 3_day_eventer's Homepage Send 3_day_eventer a Private Message
An english saddle is built just like a normal saddle they are smaller due tothe type of riding we do.....such as a dressage saddle has longer flaps cause you ride iwht a long leg and a jumping saddle (close contact) had short and fatter flaps for a short leg in jumping.....the english saddle is made to blance the rider and is still a good saddle!!

Katie
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