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post #1 of 4 Old 02-24-2014, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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OF Patriot Saddle - QUESTIONS!

I am about to purchase an Orthoflex Patriot Officer's Model saddle (this one is a stitchdown seat) and have some questions.

Does anyone have any experience with these types of saddles? Ie: Types of horses it fits - or a wide variety?

Do you use a pad or booties? If a pad, what type works best? If booties, where do I find them for this older saddle??

Has anyone ever changed the rigging to center fire rigging? This one isn't set up that way.

ANY other comments/suggestions, etc are appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-24-2014, 12:40 PM
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I have 2 variations, one has English Straps the other had Western Girth Straps.

Neither had the rear D-Ring suitable for Centerfire Rigging.

Have you called Orthoflex and asked if the can modify the Saddle with a rear D-Ring?

As far as what Horse it fits, they make that Model in a Medium (semi-qh) or a Wide (full-qh)


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post #3 of 4 Old 04-14-2014, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Did end up buying it and love the saddle. Still trying to figure out about different rigging, especially since I now have a different horse, with absolutely no withers. Saddle seems to fit him well but the girth goes right under his elbows. :( Just Googled the "Y" Rigging so need to see if there is a D-ring capable of handling it.
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I found a pic of an older model Officer's saddle. I don't know how the tree is made. If it were a western type tree hiding in there then a D cinch ring could be added. A leather strap would encircle the flat side of the D and would be nailed into the tree.
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