Initially, you’ll look for the quality of materials in a trail saddle. While a minor imperfection in an arena saddle may have zero (or very minor) consequences because you’re only going to be sitting in the saddle for an hour, that same imperfection can cause significant soreness for both you and your horse after riding all day on a trail over various terrain.
Fortunately, quite a few saddlers have and continue to cater to the needs of trail riders. Horse saddle manufacturers such as Abet ta, Cashed and Circle Y (and a whole host of other manufacturers) are stepping up to the plate, offering many options for lightweight Western trail saddles.
Abet ta makes trees to shape many breeds, including draft and gained horses. The outer shell of the Abet ta Sublime Super Cushion Trail Saddle 20500 is made with tough, scratch resistant, 1000-denier nylon, which is laminated to shock absorbing Super Cushion Memory Foam for a comfortable seat.
Built on Raise Tree (which makes it super lightweight), with 7/8 position, leather reinforced half-breed rigging stainless steel hardware. Let’s take a look at my next pick for a lightweight Western saddle trail, which is a bit more expensive.
But I think The Cashed Lite Trail Saddle CLT is an exception. If you’re searching for the perfect mix of efficiency and ease, you’ll find it in the Cashed Lite Trail Saddle CLT.
This Lite Trail saddle gives the perfect blend of tactical riding features without breaking yours (or your horse’s) back with excessive weight. Then fiberglass is used to finish the saddle for extra strength to prevent future warping.
Cashed exclusively offers a cool skirt padding design as well. This saddle has lots of beneficial features for both rider and horse.
That means the cone bar helps tip the stirrup so it’s in a more ergonomic position for your foot, which you’ll notice that at the end of a long ride. In addition to the Neo shock feature, the horse has tunnel skirting.
This Circle Y saddle tree is coated with Duration to ensure that it stays strong and resistant to the elements. This saddle features Circle Y’s latest technology of high density and low-density bars.
This ensures that the saddle conforms to your horse’s back, even while in motion. Another special feature of this saddle is the Neo Shockproof, which reduces shock on impact, and tunnel skirting.
The high-density portion above gives support under the rider’s seat, while the low-density bar, which is next the horse’s back, is more flexible. The tree in the middle is rigid, but its outer edges flex whenever the horse moves.
While the other 2 lightweight trail saddles I mentioned weigh in at 17 and 18 pounds, the Circle Y Pioneer Flex2 Trail Saddle 1665, even though it weighs in at 25 pounds, has a lot more features that are comfortable for both rider and horse. 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.
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 thick padded seat gives both rider and horse comfort. 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.
These are my recommendation however, I should note that at the end of day, each individual is different. Below is a brief story about how my hunting season has turned out so far, why it’s lead me to seek new options, and a list of the best tree saddle kits currently available on the market.
I began doing some e-scouting one morning during another slow sit in my tree stand spot, but my options on the other public land in my area are pretty limited without having a solid hang-and-hunt setup. Determined to find a spot with fresh sign or at least a palpable sense of deer in the immediate area, I went out scouting that afternoon.
I found sign in the form of four scrapes along the edge of an AG field, and setup shop in a ground blind later that evening. I had heard about them in some videos years ago, and read a handful of articles with people raving about saddles being the ultimate light weight, mobile hunting solution.
I plan to add one of these saddle kits to my lineup in the near future, so look back here for a full review later on. Trophy line appears to offer the best bang for your buck saddle kit options.
The Tree Saddle is distributed around your body making it virtually unnoticeable as you move through the woods. Patented Hammock style design Separate Lineman loops 24” Web Bridge Two rows of Molly attachment system.
It features a lightweight brushed strict fabric with great stability and comfort. It’s ideal for long walks into your hunting area and meant to be totally mobile.
Patented design Separate Lineman loops 24” Web Bridge Two rows of Molly attachment system. Square Mossy Oak Bottom land Tree Tether Accessory Pouch.
The Hawk Helium Hammock Tree Saddle is another preferable option, as this kit includes a back band for additional support. Chaos Camo Pattern Ultra Packable; entire kit fits into an 8” x 8” x 10” carrying bag Padded and removable seat Secure Setup; includes climbing grade rope and attachments Lightweight; entire kit weighs less than 4lbs.
Aero Hunter Merlin tree saddle made specifically for fall prevention while tree hunting, rated 5000 lbs Saddle bridge is 1 heavy nylon webbing rated at 6500 lbs. Tree strap made of All Gear 24-strand climbing rope rated 6300 lbs, in brown, for adjustable tree anchor, with Fusion double-locking carabiner Lineman’s belt made of All Gear 24-strand climbing rope, in green, with Fusion double-locking carabiner Eye-and-eye Prussia cord is Sterling 8 mm Flex Hitch cord, made of Techno/Polyester, strength 29 kN (6519 lbs) for secure and adjustable connection to the ropes Aero Hunter Back Band for positionable back support if and where you want it.
Focused on creating gear that is high quality, light weight, comfortable, and mobile to enhance your overall hunting experience, Cruz saddles simply cannot be left off this list. The company offers a wide range of saddle hunting equipment, but also sells two different kits if you prefer to go that route.
The S offers a solid mesh seat and is also equipped with quick release buckles, fixed static rope bridge, and two rows of Molly loops. The top row of Molly loops are loose for ease of clipping in carabiners and other gear.
The BC boasts a pleated mesh X mansion Ch amber that when opened adds a whole new level of comfort and cupping for your backside. The BC is also equipped with quick release buckles, fixed static rope bridge, and two rows of Molly loops.
The top row of Molly loops are loose for ease of clipping in carabiners and other gear. I added the Method Saddle from Latitude Outdoors after a reader steered me in their direction.
The Method saddle features a unique dual panel design for supreme comfort to get you through even your longest days of hunting. Without having any experience with this saddle, I like the idea of being able to adjust those panels on the fly based on how my back is holding up while on stand.
The Method starter kit contains everything needed to get started saddle hunting and it is rigged and ready to go out of the package. Choose either the Method Saddle with Australia D-Ring buckle for a redundant safety system or a featherlight, deadly silent,Op lux rope belt.