Horse saddles are the seat that has been specially designed to be placed on the back of the horse as it offers the right amount of control, security and support to the riders. It also helps in improving the balance of the riders along enhancing the movements of the horse. There are different types of horse saddles that can be placed on the horseback and it can be selected by body type of the riders so that it perfectly suits their size and shape. Therefore if you are interested in horse riding, then it is important to know the different types of horse saddles along with uses of each so that you can select the one that is suitable for you as well as your horse.
We are covering the general topic for the different types of saddles, not so much from the angle of men’s horse saddle vs. women’s horse saddle. Here is a good article to give a quick idea on the topic: https://www.horsejournals.com/horse-saddle-fit-rider-men-vs-women, and personally I find this company (Barnes Tack Room) tends to make one of the best women’s horse saddle. Most other companies that has saddles for women tend to end with ergonomics of the saddle for women (which is very important and we are not downplaying that). However, we found that they were still very heavy most of the time. The company mentioned uses light but still very strong leather and they stretch it out, so that for the same surface, it is much lighter than many other options you can find, which makes it even better for most women riders. Anyway, let’s get back to the topic of the day.
The different type of horse saddles includes: (Keep in mind some would categorize differently, wiki for example categorize like this link: modern equestrian saddle)
It is also known as all-purpose saddle which is the most popular saddle that is preferred by the majority of the riders as it offers deep seating comfort and accommodation. It assists riders during flatwork and is padded under the leg section. It also helps the rider when the horse jumps as it offers extra grip to the horse while assisting in providing a smooth ride. It provides crossover design of English dressage saddle and English jumping saddle for making it the best general saddle for horse riding.
If you are looking for a saddle that can be used in the flat then dressage saddle is the best option for you as it will aid you throughout your flatwork. It is also very beneficial during flat work competitions, as it also helps in enhancing upright torso dressage and traditional straight legged position. You can also use this saddle for a higher seating position, but the under panels are minimally padded so that you can feel your horse closer to yourself. These saddles are also made from thin and lightweight materials so for more precision moves and close leg contact. It also provides better balance to the rider as comes in a U-shaped curve with deeper seats for a more enjoyable ride.
The endurance saddle
If you are looking for a saddle that can be used for your long distance rides, then you should opt for the endurance saddle that is known to offering the best comfort to the horse and the rider. The saddle seat is either quilted or padded which makes it more comfortable and itis lightweight which makes it perfect for long journeys. There is also an option for adding extra luggage and necessity with the D-rings that comes with the saddle. The seats are also wider as it facilitates comfortable and enjoyable ride for long distance places as it offers excellent support and comfort.
It is also known as English show saddle that shows the horse’s conformation and it is generally used by cowboys as it is made with western designs and intricate detailing that makes it perfect for everyday use. It has flatter seats that can be used by men, women and children alike as it can suit the position of the rider. It can also be used on the ranches as it is generally made with brown leather, and it is comfortable even for long hours riding even without getting tired.
The best saddle for horse riding, the racing saddle is specially designed for racing as it is lightweight and helps in making the rider comfortable during the ride. It has a flat and long seat for the rider for an enhanced racing experience as it can contribute to the win of the rider.
For individuals who love playing polo, this saddle is the perfect option for them as it allows them with a higher level of freedom, motion, and comfort during the game. It comes with longer leg position for offering ease of play and comfort during the game. But it does not have thicker padding as compared to the other kinds of saddles but it is very useful for riders who wish to play polo. It also offers the right movement and feel on the horseback for a truly enriching experience.
Here is a nice page that has a simplified bullet point list of different type of saddles.
Collection of saddle types in pictures. Women’s saddle company Facebook.