Originally Posted by armydogs
I am trying to find a western saddle to fit my half draft. I measured him to make sure I knew what gullet size he would need. Come to find out he is going to need a 10" gullet. Does anyone know where I can find a western saddle with that sized gullet? I have found one on Frontier Equestrian, but can't seem to find anymore. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Repeat after me: I will not buy a saddle from Frontier, I will not buy a saddle from Frontier, I will not buy a saddle from Frontier, nor will I buy a Hilason....
You get what you pay for. Someone had a great post on such a saddle that they tore apart. Scary stuff.
I'll agree that you probably don't need a 10" gullet. I don't use one on my largest, most muttoned withered full Percherons. What I do use is a full QH Wade saddle on all of my draft Xs, my Fjord as well as what I use when starting the full drafts. When the full drafts and Xs move over to an English saddle, I have found that they start around a 32 cm tree and go up to a 36 cm. If you are willing to look at dressage saddles, larger models are more abundant and as far as brands, Stubben tends to run on the larger size. A friend rides her full draft in a 35 Duett. Quality is good, price (1k) is good and they have an extensive inventory of 34 cm and above saddles.
My experience with "draft" anything, excluding draft harness from a draft harness maker, is there is a severe lack of quality and understanding of the proportions needed to make the tack fit right. Spend the $$, buy used or go without.