|"Typical" Trail at the Bryce XP|
We started out talking saddle trees, then the conversation moved to security in the saddle. If you speak to anyone who's spent the hours & hours, miles & miles out Covering Country - they will all speak the same language - that of the importance of a secure seat in a saddle. This type of rider isn't trying to cover 50-miles faster than an opponent - but they're out to cover usually many more miles - over many days & get to where they're going.
|Duck's camp getting set up~|
|Typical trail at the Bryce XP|
|Khari & Dakota - "love" :-)|
Only one of several close-calls we had on that ride! Peggy & I have lifelong memories to "enjoy". Dakota has gone on to carry her over 4,000 miles & I've moved on too. Not with Khari, not on those multi-days that I loved so much... But - I'm enjoying the miles of fine country that I cover now on Farah!
When you're getting a little older, wiser & want to continue to ride for a long while - it's always best to err on the side of caution & do whatever works to keep doing what you love! There are some beautiful saddles out here - regardless of what discipline they're designed for. Security doesn't mean that you're locked into the seat. (I like a slick seat - being able to adjust my seat for the terrain or speed...) It's that magic combination of tree, rigging, seat & balance. If you find yourself riding scared, or coming off too often - then take the time - to take a look at something that might work better! It's always the journey~