There is No one size fits all Donkey Saddle
Is Your Donkey Comfortable? Are You?
There is no one size fits all of anything for equine or rider. The rest of the tack.. cinches,, bridles, etc.. matter too!
” What kind of saddle is that?”Me: “vintage McClellan. I have 5 of them.””why do you ride in a McClellan?”Me: “Cause it fits my donkeys””ugh but I heard the seat is hard?”….Me: “well, I add a little thing called a seat saver or seat cushion and then I enjoy a nice ride because my donkey is comfy in his tack… it’s not really ALL about me here… after all, he is the one carrying my ass around!”so… I guess you could say I’m very concerned with the comfort of my ass… just not only my ass!
Trying out saddles for riding donkeys
I’ve had the privilege of being able to try out MANY saddles on my standard riding donkeys. Few standard donkeys are built wide. Most are built with a ridged, narrow, flat back. Hard to fit in a modern horse or even a mule saddle since many mules have wide quarter horse or draft mothers, most mules tend to be on the wider side these days. The exception would be a gaited mule since a lot of gaited horses are narrow and large spotted standard donkeys are often used for breeding to gaited horses in my area.
Alot of people think a mule saddle will fit a donkey but I’ve never had a mule saddle fit my standard donkeys. I’ve had some small seat, older semi-quarter bar saddles, other vintage saddles and some paso fino saddles fit them. Never a mule saddle, although they do seem to fit the larger, wider mammoths ok.
I’m talking about standards here because that is what I prefer to ride.
Yes, I’ve spent A LOT of money on saddles that did not fit. Even if they seemed to fit, I let the donkey have the final say. I’ve compared how they move out and ride in many different saddles. They consistently move out well in McClellans.
Keep in mind, rigging properly is everything though! I have a video in my Donkey Training Membership group on rigging a McClellan so it stays put! When my McClellans are rigged proper, I don’t even need a breeching! They don’t slide to the side when I mount and they don’t slide forward on hills. I still use custom donkey saddle breeching or saddle crupper on public trails, just in case though!
McClellan Saddles are not for everyone
More things I love about my standard Donkey Saddle of Choice for Standards!
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