The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider or other load which is tied to an animal’s back by a girth. Sidesaddles are made from cotton material and contain a small quantity of leather or plastic.
The facts that need to know before buying a saddle are, is the child tall or short? A saddle can be bought which fits the kid perfectly, and the child can overgrow it as they grow, or it can be purchased of a bigger size so that the child can use it in the future also.
For a child, it’s essential to use a proper format for saddle because he or she is new to learning horseback riding. The kid is just beginning to experience a journey, and it should be done correctly so that he or she can determine it well.
1) A depth of the seat: Some saddles have deep places designed for running. All of these features of the saddles determine the way a seat will fit on the rider and in our case, the child.
The child’s leg length and size of the seat are measured firstly. For this, the child is required to sit on a chair with keeping his or her shoulders, hips, and heels in a straight line.
This will determine the upper leg length and the breadth of the saddle. Place the measuring tape against the middle part of the pommel of the saddle.
Now measuring tape is stretched across the seat of the saddle to the center of the front of the castle. Horseback riding should be a joyful and great experience so all the safety margins should be taken care of.
Usually, saddle for kids not made of good quality, and the seat is not balanced which will disturb the leg position. If the seat size is too small then for a heavyweight child it will become challenging to ride.
If the stirrups are too long for the child, then it can cause difficulty in horseback riding. If the child is quite short, then stirrup helper can be purchased.
In this article, I will be presenting the twelve best horse saddles on the market. As much as we try to care for our horses as good as we can, it can prove quite daunting to know you had things wrong all along.
In regard to horse saddles, these are items that serve several purposes, but not limited to; acting as a supportive structure for either the rider or loads, acting as a cushion for the horse thereby reducing the force or strain on the back of the horse and finally, acting for the balance for the rider. Panel problems is another complication that can cause extreme discomfort to the horse.
You might be thinking, “wait, it is just a putting a saddle on a horse, why it should it be so demanding?” It comes in the following colors: Blue, Red, Pink, Black, Green, Purple and Brown the soft padded seat makes the saddle extremely comfortable and suitable for long rides without any hassle.
The Tahoe Tack Basket Weave Synthetic Western Saddle product focuses on style as well as comfort. The Tahoe Tack Basket Weave Synthetic Western Saddle was designed not to cause discomfort for the horse as well as the rider.
Asides from providing comfort to the back of the horse and the butt of the rider, the Tahoe Tack Basket Weave Synthetic Western Saddle is really affordable. The Accrues Premium Brown Leather English All Purpose Close Contact Jumping Horse Saddle is an all-purpose saddle which allows the rider a variety of choices.
This saddle helps you as the rider maintain a balanced and secure hold with soft knee rolls, padded flaps, and a medium-deep soft padded seat. I found it to be a well-built saddle and by the way, It looked better in real life than it did in images.
The padded panels make it comfortable for the horse with no added risk. The high castle and longer flaps makes the saddle also suitable for flat work.
In addition to this, the saddle also offers a lower pommel and slightly forward flaps for the exhilarating moments where I jumped with my horse. This saddle features a thick-padded seat for maximum rider comfort.
The Accrues Western Cordoba pleasure trail all-purpose show horse saddle is designed for a range of horses both big and small therefore there is little to no issue with this design as it caters to almost all needs. I found the saddle focuses on the needs of both rider and horse.
The following; deeper seat, high castle, longer flaps, and padded knee rolls, I found, allows royal comfort ability. Asides being comfortable, the saddle is designed in such a way that it allows the rider to seat securely for a variety of the English disciplines.
The front of the saddle is designed to fit a wide range of horses. This saddle features a deep, very well padded seat that offers comfort and support on my lower back.
This particular lightweight saddle is ideal for beginners and trail riders. The pressure on my horse is reduced thereby preventing any form of back pain or stress on the horse while simultaneously preventing swellings and potential injury to the rider.
The beautiful chestnut colored leather is accented with hand carved basket weave tooling that gives this saddle a classic look. This is a fun and exciting change for riders looking to mix things up.
I was worried it would not be as comfortable based on its price but when I used it, it was the complete opposite. The suede seat is well-padded and features a decorative quilt stitched pattern to aid in grip while riding.
The saddle also includes a free matching headstall, rein and breast collar. For those who are not too particular and fussy about the look and decorative aspect of a saddle but are more focused on functionality then the Mustang Soft Ride Saddle made by Mustang is exactly what you are looking for.
It gives the rider better balance whether in the pasture or on the trail, thereby a saddle to consider especially for beginners or learners. It has the perfect combination of a soft shock-absorbing bareback pad with the added comfort of a form-fitted seat.
The seat is a high rise castle for added support. The saddle does not only serve the purpose to visually stimulate, but it also has a well-padded underside which cushions and reduces the pressure on the back of the horse whether on long rides or short rides.
The seats are absolutely comfortable and help my posture as well as cater for the need of my horse. A definite recommendation if you are looking for something with a little of feminine touch as well as comfort ability and functionality.
I have a very nice, gentle quarter horse, but he's big and I don't feel comfortable just putting her in a regular saddle, even a kids sized one. I've been trying to find out what those straps are that they use in pony rides that help the kids stay in the saddle ... it's just a wide leather band that either attaches to the horn or the pommel and wraps around the child's back to help stabilize them in the saddle.
I have no idea what this would be called or where to look for one, or if they even exist outside the pony-ride world, but I feel like my daughter would be a lot safer if she had something helping to secure her in the saddle. I would stay far away from a strap keeping your child on your horse, no matter how gentle he is.
If they aren't coordinated enough to keep themselves on the horse, they aren't ready to ride and as someone else said, they “can't” fall off, even if the horse spooks, falls, etc. I have ridden since before I was born and I rode bareback first on a big buckskin mare from around 2 1/ 2 yrs. My sister and I developed wonderful instincts for staying with a horse.
It's hard to find a “pony” saddle that fits a horse. I have a very nice, gentle quarter horse, but he's big and I don't feel comfortable just putting her in a regular saddle, even a kids sized one.
I've been trying to find out what those straps are that they use in pony rides that help the kids stay in the saddle ... it's just a wide leather band that either attaches to the horn or the pommel and wraps around the child's back to help stabilize them in the saddle. I have no idea what this would be called or where to look for one, or if they even exist outside the pony-ride world, but I feel like my daughter would be a lot safer if she had something helping to secure her in the saddle.
Sorry if I sound like an overprotective mom (but that's kind of what I am ...) Becky, Maybe you are referring to Buddy Stirrups by Abet ta ? I have seen these types of saddles on pony rides pretty much wherever I've seen pony rides, and I'm a bit surprised that they seem to be considered so universally dangerous.
I'd have thought that would be a huge liability for a business that regularly puts inexperienced kids on horses. The safest way for a child that age to ride is with an adult walking beside them and another one leading as claireauriga suggested.
I used to ride my kids behind me with an Abet ta Buddy Seat (walking) but took off the stirrups as a child's foot can easily fall through. When my kids were old enough and had the body strength and coordination to learn how to ride in the saddle, in the arena, I ordered a nice western children size saddle (12.5-13 inch seat) with full quarter bars and it fits both my horses just fine.
It wasn't inexpensive but it has sure lasted and is ready for another set of kids when the time comes. No idea what they are called, but they are normally used when kids learn how to jump that way they have something to hold on to when they go in 2 point.
No idea what they are called, but they are normally used when kids learn how to jump that way they have something to hold on to when they go in 2 point. I put kids on bareback or with a plain belly band to hold onto or any type of saddle, but I'd never strap them in.
Kids are remarkably resilient and if your horse is quiet, explain to your daughter that they must both learn about each other. Then a few steps forward and a few steps back... once she has found her balance and you have found a comfort zone, you may feel differently. When I was just a baby, my neighbor had two big of' Clydes, and he would walk them down the road to our house, just so my siblings and I could sit on the horses and be led around the yard.
Would have to be some pretty dang long stirrup leathers :roll: You use English stirrup leathers and safety irons with it.
4" or 4.25” peacock irons are the way to go with kids, that way if they do fall, their foot won't get hung up. With the OP's daughter only being 2 years old, she might not have the arm strength to hold on to the handle though. I'd still want an adult walking next to her with a hand on her leg or on the back of the saddle ready to catch her.
Thanks luv2ride! Obviously I don't have kids and thought that would be good, but I do understand that a 2yearold would probably not be able to hold themselves up there.