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post #21 of 42 Old 05-10-2013, 04:25 PM
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For wider-built horses, I would suggest:

Charmayne James Cactus
Lynn Mckenzie Special
Pozzi Wide Fit
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post #22 of 42 Old 05-11-2013, 12:35 AM
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I have an older (by older I mean its an 04) billy cook, that I love!!! I dont like the newer ones. It has FQHB, and has fit every horse I put it on, including a small percheron. not to mention its awesome to ride in. Its way comfortable.
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post #23 of 42 Old 05-11-2013, 05:43 AM
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Hubby and I have had two Billy Cooks Trail Saddles. Two different models and two different type QH horses. One foundation bred, the other racing bred.

Hubby's trail saddle is very comfortable but leaches the color of the saddle onto hubby's jeans which he is not fond of. Mine fit me just fine - my horse started getting HUGE white marks on his back. I tried a zillion saddle pads. Called BC to see what bars were actually in the saddle and they said to ship it to them and pictures of my horses problem. They replaced the saddle after about 6 freaking long months but the saddle they sent was still too tight in his shoulders. Red had this huge band of muscles on his shoulders from racing. I got an Aussie saddle that worked well with his body type.

I rehomed him due to a health issue that was not compatible with trail riding and now have a stocky built QH.

I had an endurance saddle custom made for him. It is very nice and fits him well. Loads of options etc. Full quarter horse bars 7" gullet and ties out the wazootie. Very light, supracore seat.

I LOVE this saddle but I started having a health issue and I need one with a really deep seat. I just had back surgery and do not have good balance anymore. So, my lovely saddle is now for sale and I just got it in July of 2012. Sigh....I feel for you. Saddle issues are no fun to deal with.

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post #24 of 42 Old 05-11-2013, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Not really what I was looking for, what does anyone think of this? Leaning towards its another that (should) fit but won't.

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post #25 of 42 Old 05-12-2013, 11:08 AM
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Ugh I'm right there with you! My mare is RIDICULOUS to fit. Semi are too small but full is too big right now. And then add in that she needs a round skirt because her back is so short.... ick. So Right now I have loots of padding until she muscles back out again.

Good luck!!
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post #26 of 42 Old 05-12-2013, 11:22 AM
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What about a saddle designed for a Haflinger?
Just a thought...

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post #27 of 42 Old 05-19-2013, 10:56 PM
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Stay far far away from the cheap crappy saddles on eBay.. I have a custom KO Trading barrel saddle that I love. It fits both of my horses, awesome quality, and isn't really expensive. I think I paid right around $800 shipped and everything about the saddle is custom.. I've heard great things about the Corriente saddles as well.. I like some Billy Cook saddles but you just have to find the right one, some are crappy.
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post #28 of 42 Old 05-19-2013, 11:35 PM
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Sorry if I repeat something someone has already said
I agree with Drumrunner, definitely stay away from the cheap India ones on Ebay the bars in these saddles are just not the right shape to start with and the rigging is generally placed too far forward on the ones I've seen.
If you're looking at buying a second hand saddle get the seller to take some measurements of gullet width and compare them to saddles you've already tried or contact a good saddle maker and discuss options with them :)

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post #29 of 42 Old 07-04-2013, 03:24 PM
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Absolutely beautiful horse

I totally understand the problem, I have 4 saddles right now for sale that don't fit my Rocky Mountain horse. One was even a custom made Rider's Choice, guess what? Still doesn't fit!

I found that a very short saddle with a round skirt fits best, not perfect, but good. It is a Fabtron, but has a horn I don't like. The Endurance style they sell has a tree that doesn't fit my horse. So I called them and discovered they will make me a saddle to fit my horse. I haven't done it yet, because I am planning to demo a treeless first.

So, one option I would suggest is e-mailing Fabtron (maybe other companies will do this too) and have them send you some trees to try, then they will build you a saddle on that tree.

Second option - Since a Dressage saddle fits well, what about trying an Aussie saddle? You could get one with a horn & have more of the security you are looking for with the fit of the saddle you are using.

Also, instead of buying saddles, only deal with companies that have demo options, at least you will not be out as much money. Once you discover one that fits, look for a used one to save $$

Good luck to you!
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post #30 of 42 Old 07-04-2013, 03:48 PM
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It appears someone isn't looking at tree fit but brand fit. Most of the better saddle manufacturers use Ralide trees or a wood tree protected with fiberglass which will fit a little different from a Ralide. A good rawhide wrapped tree offers the better fit because of it's slight resilience. Most tree length on a 15 or 16" length is about 21". The 17" seat has bars that are a little longer.
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