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        05-09-2013, 04:28 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Billy cook makes an awesome saddle, I have to say. We have a friend and all her horses are of the same lineage (Wide, THICK, flat backed, MASSIVE chunks of cheese) and she only barrel races in billy cooks.

    I second Martin as well.
         
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        05-09-2013, 05:53 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I don't know what your price range is, but you could look into specialized saddles. I bought one and am in love with it. My arab gelding is a bit of a tough fit and it has been great. I have also fit it easily to a paint mare and a percheron. Once you get the hang of the shims, it is really simple. It is light weight and super comfy for me too.
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        05-09-2013, 06:41 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I have an Appendix-Quarab mare that is an absolute PAIN when it comes to saddle fitting. Like you, I've found an English saddle that fits pretty well but not a western one. I had her at first in a Dakota, which was a pretty good fit and is for most horses but she was scrawny when I bought it and soon outgrew it. I tried around a whole bunch of saddles and then just decided to get a treeless saddle. I bought a uses BM treeless for 800, and frankly I would recommend one to any balanced rider. To me it's like siting on a heated couch, and my horse moves much more freely and responds better to leg with her new BM.
         
        05-09-2013, 07:13 PM
      #14
    Started
    Both our Paints do well with Tucker saddles, wide tree. My saddle is a plantation model and it has a narrow twist...comfortable for ladies!
    If I were in the market for a saddle I seriously would look at a Circle Y, one of the Julie Goodnight line.
    I really hate saddle shopping. It can be soooo frustrating.

    My goodness, your horse is geeeeorgous!
         
        05-09-2013, 07:23 PM
      #15
    Showing
    He seems similar to how Sky's back is. We use a Royal King. Have you tried that?
         
        05-10-2013, 05:34 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I you come to Alabama I'd let you ride in my Corriente. Love it, plan on buying another soon actually. I ride a wide variety of horses every day and it fits them all. Oh and it's pretty lol!

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        05-10-2013, 10:08 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Beautiful horse, New Image!! I had the same problem as you in finding a saddle for my QH mare. She was a little stocky, but not huge. I simply could not find a saddle that fit her. I tried EVERYTHING! Easily 20 or more saddles. The only thing that I found that fit her was a Tucker. Surprisingly, this saddle not only fit her but pretty much every other horse I have put it on. There is truly something different about the Tucker trees. I think that it has a slightly different angle to it. All I know is that NOTHING else fit this horse. This is the saddle that I have. Tucker Cheyenne Springs Trail Saddle
    Absolutely love it!!
         
        05-10-2013, 10:09 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Forgot to say that I did get it in a wide tree.
         
        05-10-2013, 10:19 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    If you can find any you should try Johnny Ruffs. My friend has a really big mare and it was hard to find a saddle that fir her and we found a barrel saddle that fit her and it was brand new and came with a matching breastcollar and rear girth
         
        05-10-2013, 10:41 AM
      #20
    Started
    Thank-you for aiding me in our search (and putting up with my rant!)

    I have been eye balling the tucker saddles, Ratherbe.

    Ariat..Smrobs - Interesting! Corriente is a brand I have very little knowledge of, but that does look like a nice saddle so that gives me another word to search for at least. Maybe I'll come up with something there.

    So I have also moved on to looking at Martins. I haven't looked much since I'd need to sell a kidney to outfit all of my horses in Martin saddles. I did find a nice barrel saddle with a 7.5" gullet, $1300. Like I said, I'd rather buy something in the $700-$800 range but if this could fit then it would be worth it.

    Chelsea, I have looked into treeless and I have really thought about it for Image. I would want to ride in one before I committed, however, I do not know anyone with one. But hey, if a buckskin shows up via UPS if you could just try those Billy Cooks on him so that I can order an exact match should one fit... that would be great! :)
         

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