My saddle is actually very light! well comparaed to a lot of western rigs. It has a rawhide tree and I can swing it up without any issues I would say at max it's 20lbs It is a ladies barrel saddle.. Roping saddles make me cringe.. even jsut to get them on a 15 hand horse can be deadly!Roseanne said:I
The only problem I have is that Western saddles are so heavy, and I don't like synthetic saddles. I'm just about to try three treeless saddles however, one being a Bob Marshall, which is similar to a traditional Western, and a Dartmoor, which apparently you can also buy in Western style. The Heather Moffet I'm not too sure about, as it felt a bit "odd", the tree being in the cantle.
TrueRob26 said:I'd like to learn both in the end... I think it's good to develop all round riding skills in both styles. It just makes for a more complete rider I would think.
From a man's point of view, I think western 'looks' more masculine.