Originally Posted by Sunny
I am looking for my first endurance saddle. I am an endurance virgin (doing my first LD in October), but am ready to invest in a saddle now for numerous reasons.
I need a 15", don't care if it's synthetic, don't care if it's the prettiest thing in the world. I can spend about $600 on the saddle, preferably new for convenience reasons but am semi-open to used. I know it limits my options but it's all I can do. I don't know much about treeless but am willing to look into it if you guys think it would work for us.
I've looked at a ton of saddles that I like (Abettas, Big Horns, etc).
The hard part: Trying to fit my TB. I've been doing research, but I'm still lost. I took pictures today so hopefully you guys can help me out.
I found a western saddle in the tack room and measured it and stuck it on her. I have NO idea how to measure a western saddle's bars or gullet or whatever (and I was doing it one-handed to boot), so I did my best and hopefully the picture will help.
As you can see, it was right on top of her withers, literally touching them.
And before anyone asks, no, there isn't a tack shop I can try from, sadly.
So if you guys can help I'd really appreciate it. Let me know if I left out any info.
That saddle has the wrong angle of the bars in relation to the shape of the horses shoulders is not right for the horse not to mention not enough clearence on the withers.
I use an endurance saddle the type of riding I do is at times all day in the saddle and for days on end.. My wife uses a Fabtron wide tree fill bars and has a high clearance over the withers it is also in the price range you mentioned as new and US made.
Got to the horsesaddleshop.com and you can down load templets to measure the angle of the shoulders and wither of your horse. They will also help over the phone Ask to talk to Charlie. I deal with that shop via email and I live in NZ. I have never been disapointed, and no, I don't get a back hand for the recommenation. Tucker saddles also have templets for measuring the horse.