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post #11 of 46 Old 06-04-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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QOS...sorry I took so long to reply. I did measure my mare's back today and unfortunately your saddle will still be way too long. It sure is a beautiful saddle though and I really appreciate you taking the time to measure it and send me pictures...I will keep it in my dreams

Selena's back (from just behind the scapula to her last rib/supportive vertabra is just about 16 inches....welcome to my nightmare

I did however, try a small 16" wintec dressage saddle today and it seemed to fit both of us pretty well. I attached a picture below.

I think I will continue to experiment with a few others until I have a better idea of what will work for us. We plan to do a 15 mile CDR this weekend in Woodstock, VT and will be using the treeless again, so we shall see how that goes. Thanks again for all your help!
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post #12 of 46 Old 06-05-2013, 01:07 AM
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You are more than welcome. Saddle fitting can make one crazy. I am in the same loop myself because of Biscuit's slight roach back and my unbalanced issue.

I had a really nice Aussie saddle when I first had Biscuit and I am kicking myself in the kiester for selling it. I don't remember it ever pushing me forward. Ugh....not looking forward to trying to get something else. I know I can shim it in the front but not so sure that is the best thing for The Biscuit Man...and he is always my main concern.

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post #13 of 46 Old 06-05-2013, 05:56 AM
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what about a used orthoflex ?
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post #14 of 46 Old 06-05-2013, 08:49 AM
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I see I made a big typo boo boo. The bars should not extend past the last true rib. Why not post your horse's back length so that anyone with a saddle for sale can check the bar length. My endurance lengthwise was fine on my short-backed horse, the bars weren't flat enough for his broad back.
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post #15 of 46 Old 06-05-2013, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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If I could find an Orthoflex with short enough panels I would give it a go, however I'm also on a pretty limited budget (the broke college student budget) which doesn't help my search.

I have a friend coming up this weekend bringing me a Bates all-purpose saddle to try. This saddle also has the interchangeable gullet system which widens my options a bit. The trouble is making the entire saddle fit and not just the front, which is why I'd like to try so many to find the best fit before buying. I'll just have to invest in an extra thick sheepskin cover...those wintec/bates saddles can be pretty uncomfortable.
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post #16 of 46 Old 06-05-2013, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag-I did post that my mare's back needs panels no longer than 16"

She has a typical wide back with a well sprung ribcage, but unlike most Arabs she has very wide shoulders and not a lot of wither.

The saddle I tried on her yesterday fit her well and its originally fitted for a Quarab gelding that is built very similar to her.
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post #17 of 46 Old 06-05-2013, 10:57 AM
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If your interested I have brand new Wintec 250 AP saddle. 16.5 seat with the interchangable gullet. I can send you pictures.

Those Arabs can be quite hard to fit. A good friend of mine finally found a saddle to fit her tank of an Arab. She ended up with a Crates western I think it was a semi custom saddle.
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post #18 of 46 Old 06-06-2013, 07:12 PM
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Most western saddles have bars just over 20" and longer. The arab may be a little shorter but as posted the horse is wide in the shoulders. If you go into Ralide's website you can get the exact measurements of various trees.
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post #19 of 46 Old 06-11-2013, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by EnduranceLover6 View Post
We plan to do a 15 mile CDR this weekend in Woodstock, VT and will be using the treeless again, so we shall see how that goes.

How did it go?!

How far from Woodstock are you? Will you be around for the Moonlight in Vermont ride in July? Would love to meet you!

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post #20 of 46 Old 06-11-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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phantomhorse--our ride actually went great! I was a little nervous about the saddle situation but we went for it and had a fantastic day. Selena surprised me once again and we got an almost perfect score of 99/100 and took first place. I couldn't have asked for a better day and I guess this means we're ready to take on a 25

I am luckily only about 40 minutes away from Woodstock and I have been hoping to make it to the Moonlight ride...I would of course LOVE to meet you. Let me know if you will be there...I've offered to crew for a few people so maybe I will see you there

Here's my favorite picture of our ride last weekend...the Bando's saddle did it's job once still looking for another treeless with more support...fingers crossed I can save up for a Sensation or another version with a VPS
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