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post #31 of 42 Old 07-04-2013, 03:53 PM
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Have you considered an Aussie saddle? You can get fantastic ones from DownUnder for ~1000, and they fit the saddle to the wither tracings. I just ordered one not too long ago and it fit like a glove on the first try. If it doesn't, you can send it back and they'll re-adjust it.

Not to mention they're outrageously comfortable.
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post #32 of 42 Old 07-04-2013, 10:58 PM
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My daughter's mare is built like a bulldog. She's very hard to fit in a saddle. Crates, Triple Creek and Martin are the only saddles that REALLY fit her. Crates was good, but my daughter found a Martin Sherry Cervi with an 8" gullet that fits her SO well. Totally worth the extra money she spent on it. It fits so much better than a FQHB Crates saddle. The horse is much happier in it too. It wasn't $800, though. Used, it was $1250, but again, totally worth it!


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post #33 of 42 Old 07-05-2013, 12:01 AM
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I had this problem looking at factory saddles to fit on my cow horses. I got lucky and snapped up a custom made ranch saddle at auction. It has the perfect shaped tree for stocky, mutton withered QH's. These saddles exist. Every small town in MT has a saddle maker who does custom and/or handmade saddles, and many of those are made for the ranch-type horse that is common there. They're easy enough to find if you can walk through pawn shops there, but surely it's possible to find them online also?

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post #34 of 42 Old 07-08-2013, 09:06 AM
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I have a wide QH mare. I use a Nash (30701 Out West Barrel | Nash Saddlery) on her with BioFit pad. For me and my mare, this seems to be the best combo. They have several that have 7" gullets, square or round. If you were closer, I would gladly let you try any of my saddles.
If you call Nash (they are in Alabama) they are very friendly and will make suggestions for fitting.
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post #35 of 42 Old 09-05-2013, 10:34 AM
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may have a saddle for you...

I have a Billy cook barrel saddle that I love, I have to sell it because its not deep enough for me to run my mare in....she has too much "take off". I am pretty sure it would fit your horse. My mare was hard to fit as well, I tried multiple saddles on her and circle Y was too narrow.
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post #36 of 42 Old 09-06-2013, 02:12 AM
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Try this saddle fitting guide Proper position of a Western saddle

Most people think they put the saddle where it "looks good" which is most of the time on the horses shoulder! You want to place the front of the saddle "behind" the scapula/shoulder.

And here are some saddle fitting printable templates, I use these on all the horses people ask me to fit saddles for it has never steered me wrong :)

Western Saddle Fitting and Different Tree Sizes

I highly recommend A Crown C barrel saddle by martin saddlery or a martin racer! Most amazing fit on all horses! And they have multiple tree sizes
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post #37 of 42 Old 09-09-2013, 08:05 PM
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I just bought a charmayne james cactus fir $800 for my mutton withered horse and it fits her the best of any saddle I have had...its wide in the gullet and the bars have lots of flare
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post #38 of 42 Old 09-09-2013, 09:41 PM
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I have two corriente saddles and I love them both.

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post #39 of 42 Old 09-10-2013, 01:19 AM
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Can I just chime in and say that when you buy any saddle you should get the serial #, contact the maker and find out when it was made. Find out if it was in fact hand made BY the maker or was contracted out to a mass manufacturor and then the maker just checked the quality and stamped his serial number on it. After the mid 80's very few saddles were hand made except for the top end ones and the custom mades. A lot of saddle makers Sold their names to big corporations who have the saddles manufactured on an assembly line, not hand made one by one. If you want a new hand made western saddle you need to pay over 5K or to find one that was made in the 60's, 70's or very early 80's. I myself found an older Simco that is beechwood with a bullhide wrapped tree and had the real sheepskin relaced. The other is a older Eamor E which has the same construction. The Eamor is from the 60's and the Simco is from the 70's but both are better made and look better than just about anything produced now. They both cost just over $1300.00 and that is More than fair. These saddles will only appreciate as time goes on because they have become so rare. The kind of skills it takes to produce this kind of saddle may not be around any longer.
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post #40 of 42 Old 09-10-2013, 02:02 PM
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I agree with Teekin. Don't be afraid of an old saddle. Mine is from the 60's (approximately) and was made by hand in my home town. The difference between a hand made saddle and one off an assembly line is amazing. I could never have afforded a saddle like this new ($3-$5k), but picked it up at an auction for a few hundred dollars in 2001. It's needed minimal repairs and still has many years left in it.

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