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    11-07-2013, 09:32 PM
Advice of cutting saddle

So I am having a hard time finding a correctly fitting cutter saddle for my filly.. I have an HR ranch cutter that I absolutely love, the thing is it doesn't fit her well.. It seems too wide (she is going to be 5 years old at the end of January) and it just seems too wide for her. I have a Tucker trail saddle that is a "medium" tree and that one fits her great... I think that those Tucker "M" size saddles are like semi-QH bar saddle..not a full (their full bar is their wide)..
I have been looking at cutter saddles but I am having hard time finding anything in semi-QH version - all if them are with a full bar!

Can you guys advise what make cutter saddles run little narrower? (I don't want a vintage 15+ old saddle), nice saddle decent quality (I love HR quality yet they don't break the bank - new saddle with flank cinch and matching breast collar was $1600) - I would be using at a used saddle for about $1000 - $1300 for the right one
- I have looked at used Jeff Smith saddles - but they also seem to come in full QH bar one from the ones that I've seen...

In the mean time I am riding her in the Tucker - surprisingly my saddlebred fits the HR really well.. he's got really wide round barrel though and is 16HH+ horse... My filly is going on 5 and is 14.1 - 14.2HH cutting bred - muscly but just doesn't have a huge back.. Also I like to ride in 16.5" - 17" seat saddle is that going to be a problem to find such cutter saddle in semi-QH bar that would fit her?
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    11-11-2013, 11:40 AM
Actually I think the problem may be the saddle skirt is way too long for her.. she's only 14.1" and I thing the tree / skirts may be too long..
Does anybody know brand of cutting saddles that can have rounded or just shorter skirts? Saddle made specifically for horses with short backs?
    11-11-2013, 01:33 PM

Most Cutting Saddle come standard with a Regular or Full QH bar.

Most cutting Saddles are square skirts.

The only Brand I can think of to get modified round shorter skirts, semi-Qh bars and stay in your budget would be a Dakota Brand.
Dakota can make all the adjustments you are needing and stay within your budget.

Horse Saddle Shop is the only Dakota Dealer I would recommend, BTW

    11-11-2013, 01:36 PM
Thanks - I will check it out.. I know I have ordered from them before..

I was thinking maybe other option would be like 17" barrel saddle but if I can find one with cantle low enough.. most of them are like 4"-5" and it's impossible to "sit down" when that cantle is so high....
    11-14-2013, 04:31 PM
I know the Todd Jeys cutting saddles always seemed a little narrow. I've had a few of them and they always seemed to fit narrow horses and not fit my average horses.
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    11-14-2013, 04:34 PM
Originally Posted by NicoleS11    
I know the Todd Jeys cutting saddles always seemed a little narrow. I've had a few of them and they always seemed to fit narrow horses and not fit my average horses.

Thanks for the info!
    11-14-2013, 07:49 PM
I don't know anything about cutting saddles, but I had to say... man is she pretty!!!
    11-14-2013, 08:00 PM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
I don't know anything about cutting saddles, but I had to say... man is she pretty!!!
Ha :) Thanks and she is very smart.. too smart for her own good sometimes - heavily cow bred on top and bottom - I wish we had cows where I live because - yes - she is the kind of horse that gets bored easily.
Her pedigree is here:
Color Me Smart Gal Paint

- Actually they got back to me from the HR saddles dealer and they said the tree the current saddle has is 3/4 bar.. they said they can do semi too - but they want me to take photos of the current saddle on her to see the fit - they said they would send a tree out to try if necessary.. :)

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