From: Renie
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] boz saddles

There are a whole bunch of us using the Boz saddles.  They are awesome!  A lady up here just bought one as her specialized saddles were really, really soring her horses.  I use Boz and have for the last 20 years,  Clarissa Hale uses them has over 7,000 miles and she rides 5 different Horses!  I have used my Boz on many, many different horses over the years, for endurance, reining, dressage, jumping and gymkhana!  I have twice been in the top ten regional standings.  I have done Ld, 50's and 100's.  A boz saddle has a Patented tree; no one else makes a tree that is completely flexible.  More like a tennis shoe, but not like wooden shoes or slippers (a bareback tree), which has no support.  The tree is based upon the original Monte Forman stock saddles, the balanced ride saddles which are still being made and used by real cowboys.  It is a fallacy that it sets your feet forward.  If you have ever ridden bareback, you will see that your legs are exactly where they need to be.  Look at pics of Indians!   I hope this helps, but I can assure you, there is a reason you see very few for sale on ridecamp classifieds.  Good luck!    Renie Burnett 1673



From: Renie
To: Ridecamp
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Experience with Boz Saddle

Thank you, XXXX, for explaining the Boz saddle.  I started endurance in 1983 using a Monte Forman Balanced ride stock saddle and when Boz came out with the same tree but made of the flexible material, I bought one immediately.  Still have it and still use it.  For the record, I am under 5 feet tall.  The length of the stirrups is critical to being comfortable.  I have had my saddle and used it on more than 40 different horses, from a 12 hand pony to a 17'2" warmblood,  used it for team penning, jumping, reining, gymkhana, dressage as well as endurance.  Never, ever had a horse sored by it.  I have never had a horse with a sore back at any endurance ride, and I've ridden several horses, often for other owners.  One thing a lot of people don't know is that "Boz" is an incredible horseman, he can really RIDE! and train horses and people.  A very good friend of mine with 7000+ miles rides 5 DIFFERENT  horses and uses her Boz on all of them.  She is 6' tall.  I used to ride bareback a lot;  The Boz saddle puts you in the same spot on the horse's back, with your legs in the same place, that you would be if you were riding bareback. 
I don't care to use a  treeless saddle, however, for I feel it would be like running a marathon in my slippers instead of a well made flexible running shoe.   renie burnett