Thursday, April 26, 2012

Need a saddle with ventilation?

Well then I have the tack for you!

Check out these saddles by Wise Equestrian, with built-in air flow to keep your horse cool.

The cross country model

The show jumping model
Do they work? I have no idea. And yet I'm oddly intrigued... (I want to write so much here but can't think of a way to keep it appropriate- airflow in the nether regions, comparison to men's bicycle seats, latrines, etc.)

If you're interested, these saddles run from $2000 to $3800 with personalization and they come with an exchangeable gullet system.

Oops- I should mention I first saw these saddles on Dappled Grey.

20 comments:

  1. Where is the dressage version! I also want a Western one... ha! love this idea. It might look funny, but with 90+ summer weather, I can get over vanity pretty quickly! :)

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    1. There is a dressage model but it doesn't appear to have the seat... um... hole.

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  2. I think they look nice! Did you see the winged model?? More for show, but WOW...I loved it.

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    1. Yes, that saddle was awesome. Your comment reminded me that I should link back to Dappled Grey- it's there now :)

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  3. It's an English McClellan, how cute!

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    1. I admit I had to google that- but yes! They do look similar. Though I hope the original version isn't as uncomfortable as it looks.

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  4. Intriguing, but looking at it makes me feel....I don't know....awkward and shy, for some reason..... :-)

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  5. I don't even know what to say lol.

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  6. I saw some civil war cavalry saddles that had a similar cut out over the spine. It's supposedly really good for the horses back. Of course, back then the seat was made of wood. :)

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    1. I think you and Funder are thinking of the same saddle. The McClellan? I write as if I didn't have to google it earlier...

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  7. Call me vain, old fashion, a stick in the mud, whatever, but I could never ride in a saddle that has a giant hole, ummm... yeah, no giant holes in the seat!

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    1. C'mon, get ahead of the trend. We'll all be cutting holes out of our saddles in a few years ;)

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    2. I think there are bicycle seats with the "breathing room" too... apparently they don't cut off circulation to your naughty bits. ;)

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  8. Not for me. It might work well for coolness but there's just something about it that looks wrong...

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    1. Could it be that it looks like a toilet? Because that's what gets me...

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  9. I think I'd rather return to the days when ventilation came from putting your saddle on your horse without a pad...something I still do from time to time.

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  10. oh, my! a crotchless saddle? that's a little too kinky for me ;-) call me old-fashioned, but i think i'll stick with the full coverage model. i've never felt the need for that much ventilation, but supposing one did, couldn't they just post for a while or ride in a half-seat or something if they really needed to air things out? just wondering...

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  11. I've heard they're good for people with bad backs. Relief on spine and less concussion I guess. The xc version is ugly. I'd try the SJ one.

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