Posted 2018-09-28 9:33 AM (#7409122) Subject: Grip Lightning Saddle Yes or No
I am super interested in the Grip Lightning saddle by Len Brown, but I know nothing about them other than what he says. You know how that goes. I ride a short horse (13 hands, 3 inches) and I am trying to keep weight to a minimum. Can anyone tell me anything about them. I have only found 4 used ones for sale, three of which are already sold. They cost $2,995 new and come with a corrector pad.
Posted 2018-09-28 12:26 PM (#7409147 - in reply to #7409122) Subject: RE: Grip Lightning Saddle Yes or No
I have a friend who bought one this year and she loves it. She tried it for herself more than her horse because she has an issue with her pelvis from an injury and it has helped her. I have looked at them too and sat in hers it felt good.
Posted 2018-10-05 9:48 AM (#7409649 - in reply to #7409181) Subject: RE: Grip Lightning Saddle Yes or No
Location: Fort Worth / Springtown
LittleShine - 2018-09-28 4:09 PM Thanks! I really want to know all pros and cons.
I just got it in June, but here is what I know so far.....
Lightweight, you can choose what horn you want it built with - among other things. I love the stirrups - They are lightweight and not flat across the bottom they cup your foot well, I think. (you can buy these w/o buying the saddle, also). Stirrups are hung on the top of the tree bar and not wrapped underneath. I like the 3 way rigging. Back behind the cantle, there is NO skirt or lacing over the spine to rub. You really feel close to your horse. I can tell the "no pinch" aspect - there is fluidity in the horses' movements that you feel in this saddle. One of my horses is high withered and extremely short backed - throughout the years in various saddles (I've spoken about him on BHW for over a decade) I've tried over 60 saddles on him - he won 1-D saddles and buckles, but always struggled with saddle fit and soreness all his life - other saddles I could feel the front of bars hitting his shoulders and the back of the tree hitting his lumbar/hip area and his back neck and withers were often tight -- not in this saddle. His muscles are soft and supple after a ride. He's 22 now and out of shape but can cruise 2-D in The Grip and I will keep running him since the weather is cooler now -- no wasted strides in the turn -- how I wish I could turn back time!
I have another horse completely opposite -- she is a 6 YO reining bred, alfalfa fed tank. She feels much better in this saddle than others - at one point in the past, I just had to stop riding her for a while, because I couldn't find a saddle that stayed on her in the turns or just plain circles in the pasture. A lot of them I could not even mount without the saddle sliding off. I have his Never Tight Cinch, as well. She improved her times when I started riding in The Grip. We had worked our way from the 5-D to the mid 2-D, and The Grip was just about to get us to 1-D, when she hurt her hind leg and came up limping after a race. She is just coming back after a month off, and expecting good things :)
I have another gelding that is in between the 2 horses I described above - he's got shoulders like a bull, slightly dipped, short wide back - The Grip fits him great (and I've had big problems with other saddles fitting him, as well) but I have not even started him on barrels, yet.
I have followed Len for a long time and I wish that we were closer, because I want to pick his brain in person with my horse there about The Protector Pad that comes with the saddle. It has faux fleece lining and to me it always seemed slippery than pads with other materials -- I am not going to say that there is no slip on my tank of a mare with The Grip and Protector, I have to make sure the latigos are snug on both sides, and I am used to riding in thinner pads with her because of this issue. I also have the 3 way rigging , as well, to adjust for the best fit and I have changed that back and forth a couple of times. I have used other pads with the The Grip, and will keep trying with this mare to find what works best as a combo - he has given me guidance through phone and email. Overall, I LOVE The Grip and am relieved and excited to have it. None of my horses are on the sidelines because of saddle fit anymore :)
Posted 2018-10-08 1:10 PM (#7409890 - in reply to #7409719) Subject: RE: Grip Lightning Saddle Yes or No
Location: Fort Worth / Springtown
willyturnit - 2018-10-05 4:34 PM Thank you for being open and decribing the various horses you have rode in the saddle. I appreicate your input!
Sure thing -- I know how hard it is to find a good fitting saddle and I am very passionate about it. If you were closer, I would let you ride in this one...although I think you are closer to Mr. Brown than me :)
I heard he will be making a square skirt barrel saddle - That will probably be more eye appealing to some, but I love my barely there skirt :)