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    11-14-2012, 09:40 AM
  #11
Green Broke
My Arab is chugging along pretty happily in a Ghost treeless right now. Just throwing it out there.
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    11-14-2012, 10:27 AM
  #12
Started
I have used aussies for years, and they work great for short backed horses. I also have a old big horn endurance, which is perfect for my current mare.
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    11-15-2012, 07:41 AM
  #13
Weanling
Are you looking for Western? I have a Circle Y synthetic (Park and Trail) that has been lightly used but fits my extremely short-backed 14.3 hand Arab. I just don't like Western. PM me if you'd like, and I'll send you pictures. Not sure what seat size you are, it's 15." You could have it for a great deal. :)
     
    12-02-2012, 12:17 AM
  #14
Foal
You might want to look into a Gaucho Saddle
     
    12-02-2012, 08:01 AM
  #15
Weanling
I actually just bought a Bandos treeless saddle a couple weeks ago and now waiting for it to arrive, so we'll see how we like it. Fingers crossed!
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    12-03-2012, 03:15 PM
  #16
Yearling
Comfy as well as nice.

Crates Leather | Hand-Crafted Saddlery | Chattanooga, TN | Saddles: Arabian
     
    12-03-2012, 03:37 PM
  #17
Trained
Crates uses Steele trees. The Steele Arabian:

"Full Wither (FW)/Arabian (Arab) - Flared out front and rear to allow for full or mutton wither with no pockets. The resulting bow enables this fit to conform well to the short Arabian back having wide withers rounding out into the shoulder."

Works well for some Arabians, but not the high wither type. Something folks could consider is the Steele "Fit to the Horse" program:

Steele Saddle Tree LLC - Fit To The Horse



That would allow you to tell Crates or Dakota or others exactly what tree you need in a saddle for your horse.
     
    12-03-2012, 09:07 PM
  #18
Yearling
If you are interested I could give you the contact details for a saddle maker in Amman Jordan who makes traditional Arabian saddles, they go for around 400 to 500 Dinars and are designed to fit Arab horses, really nice looking saddles too, he makes them all by hand himself even does all the embroidery and everything himself. They are kind of like a gaucho saddle but without such a pronounced cantle or pommel, and they have large decorative skirts that hang down each side and go over the horse’s rump. But look more or less the same underneath.
     

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