Monday, June 15, 2009
This is a treeless draft horse saddle sent to me by a reader. This thing looks fairly comfortable and well made. However, the fenders make it look like something out of a B-SciFi movie. I don't get it, why not just do straight stirrup leathers. I don't understand why the weird shape. Unless they are trying to make it so the rider's leg is not in contact with the horse (which makes no sense to me) there really is no purpose in this. I did some editing in Paint to show you what I mean.
Here is the edited one. The fenders set the stirrups BACK a bit. I drew in a "rider" to demontrate the screwy setup. I know it is not totally correct, but use your imagination. The fenders are totally in the wrong place for a comfortable riding position.