It is exactly what it sounds like: a saddle for dads. Stroke of genius or worst idea ever? Horse Nation investigates.
Props to reader Morgan Seegmueller for sending the listing our way. Morgan writes, “Was looking through eBay for a bareback pad. I was a little confused when this is what I found.”
My work is only about 3 miles from my house. It’s too far to walk, but the mindless stop-and-go traffic between here and there eats almost an hour of driving and gallons of gas per week. Solution: the Daddy Saddle. My dog is a large Molosser who easily carries my 145lb frame. Just throw on the saddle and away we go. It kills two birds with one stone as it gives him his daily exercise, and it gets me to work without so much as breaking a sweat. He’s happy as a clam to hang out in the shade garden outside the office and can drink freely from the koi pond. So a fish disappears every now and then. 😉
Please note that this Daddle is Western Style and will not be appropriate for those trained in the English Father Riding Method whereby one holds a rein in each hand and posts the trot. If you are looking forward to father jumping, father fox hunting, father polo or daddy dressage you will not be able to use this Daddle. Western Daddle riders hold the reins with one hand, and sit the trot. The pommel or horn on this Daddle is meant to hold a lariat which is useful when roping cattle or other competing or unruly fathers.
I loved the idea of this product at first, but after ordering, I began to have buyers’ remorse. After a few weeks of trying to use the Daddle, I’m afraid that I have still not had success and I think it was a waste of money. No amount of duct tape would keep the cat attached to the saddle while it was on my husband’s back. The instruction manual was no help. To top it off, our neighbors were very upset that the duct tape had left a residue on their cat’s fur, but I couldn’t figure out any other way to secure the cat to the actual Daddle.
I’m afraid I will not be able to recommend this product to others.
At first I thought this product was wonderful, but oh how things change. Don’t be deceived by the joyful picture, this is a hazardous product that should not be sold without severe warning. After a long day of being ridden by my children, I was grazing on some nearby greens when my daughter dropped a dish on the ground. It broke and the noise of it spooked me, causing me to rear back and kick my son in the head. Now he talks with a speech impediment and has a wonky eye. I haven’t taken the Daddle off in 3 weeks because I can’t face the reality of what I’ve done. My wife won’t speak to me, I have badly infected rug burn on both of my knees, and I’m malnourished from eating nothing but carrots, although my eye sight has never been better. Damn you Daddle, you’ve ruined my life!!!!
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