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  • Big horn infinity gaited trail saddle
  • Phillips officers saddle

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    08-06-2012, 03:14 PM
The difference between a regular western saddle and a gaited saddle is...
The bars are narrower allowing for an easier turn radius and the gullet is taller. The bars are also a tad shorter. The gullets should be about 6 inches wide and about 8 inches high. This type of saddle will fit any "Normal" horse wether it be gaited or not. Mine is a Big Horn #1647, Infinity Trail Saddle with Sil-Cush. A very nice saddle But at 30Lbs a bit heavy.... Still nice though. Love it.
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    08-07-2012, 09:51 AM
I disagree on any "absolute" number for saddle fit on any class of horse. Withing a given type of horse you can have a very narrow range of size. When the Army ran the Remount Service they produced a TB style horse that was so consistent in size that the Phillips Officers Saddle, the last official saddle of the U.S. Army, it was made in only one tree size.

So one size can fit all if all are the same size.

With gaited horses since you can run from a Paso Fino to an Icy to a Walker to a Marchador to a Peruvian to all manner of crosses the idea of one "gaited saddle" is just silly. Even within breeds such is very difficult unless the breed is so uniform that it approaches Remount Service consistency.

Well engineered and built saddles will accommodate a range of horses. There is no real necessity for an individual saddle for each horse. But the "gaited horse saddle" remains a marketing approach, not an operational type.

    08-07-2012, 12:10 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with you. I only meant to give a few minimum dimensions and would hope the buyer would access the fit from there.. I should know by now that some folks would take my earlier post as a sure fire way of fitting a saddle to a horse. My mistake. I sometimes give people to much credit to figure these things out! LoL! Happy Trails!
    08-13-2012, 07:37 PM
True, it is not gaited or not gaited. But many, many saddle do not fit, especially over the withers..

The best saddles I've found for either come from:

    08-14-2012, 07:33 AM
I have bought a saddle from Hillview too and was very pleased. Their saddles have a flexible panel on the underside of the tree that molds it's shape to the curves of your horses back. It can bend in where your horses back bends in or bulge out where your horse it wider. It can flex to different widths of back so it can fit a narrower back or a wider one. It has nice wither and spine clearence. I have had mine since 1996. I have 10 saddles and it is my favorite..
    08-15-2012, 10:48 PM
I have a Dixieland Gaited Saddle and am very happy with it! If you ask them to send you a template so you can send them the exact size of your horse, it's even better. They have saddles with and without horns and in various colors, designs, and patterns. They also sell saddle bags and saddle pads (but the saddle pad only comes in one color: gray). I happen to like the 5-Star saddle pad, myself--one inch thickness.
    08-29-2012, 04:41 PM
I have three Fox Trotters. Two are 22 yo and one is 6. I looked and looked for a new saddle for him and ended up getting a Freedom Gaited Saddle. They are custom made in Oklahoma. It fits him beautifully. Doug and Sandy Ford, the owners, are wonderful to work with. They were featured on The Horse Show with Rick Lamb on RFD tv.
    08-29-2012, 05:44 PM
gaited saddles

Thank you. I will check them out. I just recently got an english saddle thinking I could change the gullets as my boy grows, but still prefer the western saddles. I just bought a new Issabel Wintec Dressage saddle and may be selling it soon. It's a 17.5 beautiful nice saddle and only used 3 times. My loss.... Haven't decided on price yet. It list for 1,495. Know of anyone looking for a nice dressage saddle.....:
    08-31-2012, 01:39 PM
I have 10 saddles. I have English, Australian, western and endurance styles. For me they are a bit like shoes, just have to have another one. I have one breed of horse though but within that breed are variations in how they are built. They range from 13.2 to 15.2. Not every saddle fits every horse, because some have round backs with little wither to horses that have a prominent spine ridge and tall withers.
    09-01-2012, 10:45 PM
Yes they are all different. I will have to try them until I get one right.

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