What saddle fits your WIDE horse?

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    07-23-2012, 05:32 PM
Green Broke
What saddle fits your WIDE horse?

My Circle Y saddle fits my new horse Red *okay*. I'm not totally happy with it, but I just got married and just started a new job so I am trying to get my finances in order to get him a better fitting saddle.

He's a stocky boy. So it seems a little bit tight on his shoulders just by looking at it, and by the way he gets dry spots behind the shoulder after a sweaty ride.

I don't know for sure, as I tried to find my saddle online for the specifications. I bought it about 8 years ago from Smith Brothers. It's just a plain jane Circle Y but it's comfortable and I do really like it. I believe it is regular Quarter Horse bars (I'm kind of a dummy when it comes to saddle lingo). I will have to measure the gullet width to get an idea of where it is now.

I've heard about Lisa Lockhart's wide saddle line. http://saddledomain.com/Lisa-Lockhar...e-Y--1545.html

Are there any others?

I've really been wanting a Corriente saddle (which say they have a 7" gullet) but I'm worried that may be too narrow as well.

What about Flex Trees or Treeless? Again, I'm a dummy about those as I have never used them.
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    07-23-2012, 05:34 PM
How thick is your pad?
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    07-23-2012, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by 1RedHorse    
How thick is your pad?
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I have an Impact Gel pad. I'd have to look up how thick they technically are in inches.
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    07-23-2012, 05:46 PM
I love my Triple Creek for my wide guy, and Lynn McKenzie Specials are a wide tree also.
    07-23-2012, 05:51 PM
I have a Hereford that fit okay, but my horse isn't really wide.

But I really hate treeless saddles. It's a wierd feeling to ride in one. I don't really have a opinion on flextrees...
    07-23-2012, 05:53 PM
Originally Posted by beau159    
I have an Impact Gel pad. I'd have to look up how thick they technically are in inches.
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Before investing in a new saddle...maybe a thinner pad could be the answer. Like a 1/2 5 star.

And since money is tight if that doesn't work....the Mike Green line of Pro Riders come in a 7.5 and 8 in. Gullet. Start at $900 too
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    07-23-2012, 06:16 PM
Thats what I was thinking first, I thinner pad may do the trick. If your set on keeping your pad then you can try a new saddle. Remember to ask how wide their bars are. Some call FQBs 6.5inches and have a regular tree of 6 inches. Others call it 7 for full and 6.5 for semi. Just keep an eye out for that :) Then again you might need 7.5 who knows
    07-23-2012, 10:43 PM
I have a Billy Cook that is really great on all my wide horses. I have a HUGE mustang/paint and a percheron/pony. I have a regular FQHB Billy Cook and it fits them awesome! It's very comfy too! If you decide that you do need a new saddle I highly recommend looking into a Billy Cook.
    07-23-2012, 10:46 PM
I have a Billy Cook Half Breed 2010 Barrel Saddle that I absolutely adore. It fits like a dream on my wide horses.
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    07-24-2012, 09:18 AM
Green Broke
I am thinking that it is the saddle itself and going to a thinner pad won't do the trick. I'll maybe try to get some pictures of the saddle sitting on his bare back tonight or tomorrow night. But it may be worth a try first.

I had kinda planned on getting a second saddle anyway, so it wouldn't be a huge deal.

I think I did find that the Lynn Mckenzie had wider trees. I went to a clinic of hers quite a few years back, and she has very nice saddles.

I'm tempted on that Billy Cook half breed though. Anyone else have it work on their wide horses besides the two that posted? I've always heard good things about Billy Cook saddles, so that's why I'd be tempted to try one.

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