Marc Warnke, “The Goat Guy”, of PackGoats.com gives his review of the full lineup of available saddle styles on the market. Don’t decide based only on your budget!!! Each saddle has its place but it’s crucial to know which saddle is right for you. It’s important to consider your packing goals, individual goats, and your budget when choosing saddles for packing. Take the time, save money, and make the right investment.
The Pack Goat Training Soft Saddle is a blast for you and your packer in training. It’s important to remember this is not a promotion of having your young goats packing weight too early. Keep everything light on them until they are ready for a full blown saddle. They come with a grey saddle and the color choices are olive or blaze orange.
These packs are awesome for a young 4H trainer. Their young pack goats will love the comfort and fit. Also if you are wanting a 4H saddle to compete with this one will be fast and easy and help you win your competition. Here is a good article on that. If you have Nigerian these packs will work great for that as well. Here is a good article on how to work with your young packer.
Features of this saddle include
- The bags are detachable which allows you to weigh them individually.
- The pads along the spine help a goat to pack weight properly as well as learn to deal with the bulk of carrying a load from 1 year on.
- The whole unit weighs less than 3 pounds.
- Complete soft saddle design forms to each goats’ body size and shape for perfect fit
Get some and have a blast!
Size: 12w x 12h x 4d or 576 Cubic Inches
Looking for an upgrade as your kids outgrow this saddle? Check out the newest Pack Goat Soft Saddle!
The Pack Goat Soft Saddle is the perfect mix. We’ve brought the ease and simplicity of the Kid Trainer Pack to full adult size.
It’s the most economic full saddle and pannier combination on the market. This is the ideal saddle for the day packer looking to carry up to about 35 lbs per goat. The soft design allows perfect molded fit to any goat and eliminates sores. This saddle is not intended for hardcore, high mileage, or heavyweight trips. However, it is the ideal setup and price point for the day packer or weekend cruiser. Also, it’s ideal for 4-H showing! It’s the easiest saddle and pannier loading system yet.
This saddle is perfect for the goat packer who isn’t looking to push the limits or break the bank. Also, it will be the most comfortable saddle a goat has ever worn! Don’t forget your scale! This saddle is also great for packing with does or any goat not quite large enough for a standard cross-buck but still fits any adult goat. Got a little one in training? Check out the Kid Trainer Pack.
Features of the Adult Soft Saddle Include:
- Self-molding, perfect fit soft saddle design
- Rigid top plates for durability and structure
- Includes detachable panniers for individual weight balance
- 4 point, easy adjust saddle quick connections
- 1000 Denier Nylon durable construction
- Ideal britchen and chest collar height
- Dual cinch straps
- Easy carry, load trapping loop
- Anti-flip 3rd pannier connection point
- Easy realease for full saddle and pannier removal
Ideal Uses for the Adult Soft Saddle
- Day packing
- Bird hunting
- Low distance overnight packing
- 4-H Showing
- Approximate 35 lb load limit packing
- Any goat not quite large enough for a standard cross-buck saddle
Saddle weight: 3.0 lbs
Pannier Set weight: 2.4
Total weight: 5.4 lbs
*This saddle is not compatible with other panniers and is sold as a complete set.
For a pack goat saddle, this one is top of the line! This is the Cadillac of pack goat saddles; a game changer designed by Marc Warnke and Matt Lyon.
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This saddle allows custom fitting for each goat’s back. The easy adjustment system is compatible with all panniers but works best with the “Critter-Getters“.
Weighing just under 7 pounds this saddle is built to last. The durability of this design allows for years of use. Also, innovative “horn” attachment points for the pannier loops allow for a much lower profile on your goat. This allows them to go under obstacles much easier than traditional cross-buck designs. Additionally, the front cinch design is the first that allows proper positioning on your pack goat’s sternum. Ultimately, this design makes perfect alignment a breeze. If you want to see these pack goat saddles in action watch this hunting film by Marc Warnke. Elkville 3
Please remember each saddle is individually made and orders are often out in 2-5 weeks. Please place orders in advance. Saddles will be shipped as soon as possible.
The classic pack goat saddle design is one of the original saddle concepts for goats. This classic design has received a face lift with modern updates. These modern features will help this affordable design be comfortable for pack goats.
Aspects that set this saddle apart from the other sub $200 pack goat saddles are:
- Bomb proof construction updating the classic original saddle design.
- Heavy duty cinch to prevent slipping and loosening saddles.
- Perfectly designed britchen ensures goat comfort and eliminates saddle sores.
This saddle is compatible with the “Stay Put Pads“. The Stay Put Pads do not come with the saddle. They have to be purchased separately. It is the best design available in this price category. A critical design to look for in pack goat saddles is a high functioning brichen. Original designed cross bucks will want to ride up on goats’ shoulders. This ‘riding up’ can cause detrimental saddle sores on goats. Without a great britchen goats will be miserable.
The second line of defense keeping a goat from getting saddle sore will be a nice thick pad. Additionally, a heavy duty cinch with the proper alignment is key. This saddle is made to work with all goat panniers but we recommend the Signature Sires Critter Getter Panniers with this saddle. Don’t settle for “just ok”. Get the best classic saddle design out there! It is the best middle market value design available. Co-developed with Bantam Saddle Tack.
The “Stay Put” pack goat saddle pad for cross buck saddles are the best padding solution available. Almost all pack goat saddles or cross bucks will need some kind of padding. Padding helps eliminate saddle sores. It also increases the overall comfort and addresses fit nuances. This pack goat saddle pad system is the best padding in construction, comfort, and ventilation. They are easy to install, and are made of top quality materials for ultimate durability. Inadequate padding can cause a variety of health concerns to pack goats. Health concerns as a result of poor padding range from mild discomfort to season ending sores.
Features of the “Stay Put” pack goat saddle pad for cross buck saddles include:
- Minimal footprint to reduce unnecessary bulk
- Top quality felt construction provides necessary padding
- Optimal ventilation while protecting your goat from saddle chafe
- Two pads per set fit any cross buck style saddle
- Easy to installation with durable leather straps to ensure long life
- Helps eliminate nuances of fit to maximize comfort
- Provides a low cost upgrade to most any saddle on the market
These pads are compatible with most pack goat saddles including our Classic Pack Goat Saddle. Another accessory you may want to consider is our saddle cover which can be a huge asset if your a hunter.
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