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post #1 of 18 Old 11-08-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle options for the short-backed Arab?

Just wondering what saddles you guys find works with Arabs that have significantly short backs? My new mare has a pretty short back, although not as short as my previous gelding (thank god). I wish I could afford to have a custom trail saddle made, however as a college student I'm on a budget like the rest of us Any suggestions would be great of what you have used for your horse(s) and why you recommend it. Here's a picture of her back length:
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-08-2012, 08:33 PM
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I have the same problem. Or so I though. In fact I lost a bet about it. My 16" Big Horn flex tree square skirt trail saddle fits him to the T. Couldn't be 1/8" longer tho.
You'll have to try several, since it depends not only on the skirt length but also how it fits.
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-08-2012, 08:33 PM
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I have had good luck with Simco Arab saddles. They make a couple reasonably priced Arab saddles that I've frequently seen used on ebay for under $300.
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I have had great fitting saddles by Circle Y, they have the Arab bars and you can usually find a decent one on ebay.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-08-2012, 09:29 PM
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The original Abetta saddles are only about 22-23 inches long. That is about 4 inches shorter than my Circle Y arabian saddle. With FQHB and maybe some extra padding in the front, it might work.

I use a DownUnder Aussie-style saddle. With 18" seat (equivalent to a 16" western), it is 22 inches long. It feels and rides like an English saddle, though. Mine is a bit too wide horizontally for my mare, so I fold a pony saddle blanket in half to pad it up a bit. My mare has unusually boney withers, and it helps with that. In the pictures below, I was using a Wintec pad instead of the folded pony blanket:





You can see my even shorter backed Arabian-Appy in the background using the Circle Y (mojave model).

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I love the older Circle Y Round Skirt Arab saddles.

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post #7 of 18 Old 11-09-2012, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll look into the circle y saddles a bit more and do some more research. I hate buying saddles offline without trying them first, usually ends in me reselling them the next day. I would really like to find a used Bob Marshall treeless and possible something with a flex tree. I also thought about trying another Wintec with the interchangeable gullet system as I do ride indoors to cross train my horses during the winter months. However, I always feel that to get the right seat size for me in the Wintec ends up being too long for her back, so that may not be an option.
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-09-2012, 11:18 AM
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Check tacktrader.com and Craigslist. You might find someone nearby who would let you try one out
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-09-2012, 02:05 PM
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Dang...she's a pretty one! I bought a Fabtron w/Arab tree. Didn't work for my horse but worked fine for the Arab owner I sold it too. My horse is really round backed. Yours appears to have nice defined withers.
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 09:15 AM
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Beautiful horse! The best place to find a used bob marshall (which are great saddles) is the classifieds on Endurance.Net. Another option is a torsion treeless, which is what I use on my arab. For a treed saddle, the Arabian Saddle Co. Makes saddles specific for arab's shorter wide backs, but are just as hard to find used as the bob marshall.
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