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 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. Posted via Mobile Device
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.
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.
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!!
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
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! :)