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post #21 of 41 Old 09-13-2012, 05:32 PM
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so the gaited saddle's would most equate to a semi-quarterhorse as far as the bars go?

I just bought a mare on the weekend who has been fine in the trainer's abetta saddles, fine in my wife's abetta but when I tried our spare leather saddle on her it's a bit wider /lower so ust don't really work well at all.

So i'm in the hunt for a saddle but looking for something off the shelf...
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post #22 of 41 Old 09-14-2012, 08:49 AM
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"Gaited Saddles" equate to "gaited saddles" which equates to a marketing ploy, not an operational saddle type.

If you are looking for a Western saddle I can't help you all that much. If you're looking at English all/general purpose saddles you can't go wrong with Stubbens, even older ones. For "trooper" saddles I understand Tucker is a good brand. A friend of mine has a Haggis Saddle (made in Canada). At first I wasn't all that sure that a sheep's stomach was good saddle material, but he swears by it!!!!!

For a Plantation saddle you can't go wrong with Steele Saddles. They have an excellent "try before you buy" program. Many other saddle makers use Steele trees.

For a military saddle (McClellan, Jennifer, Grimsley) try Doug Kidd at Border States Leather. There are a number of German Armee saddles on e-Bay at any given time; they are comfortable and well made.

The world of saddles is quite broad and diverse. Don't get sucked into the "gaited saddle" fantasy. Find one that is appropriate to you, your discipline, and your horse (in that order).

Good luck.

G.

P.S. I have a friend who is an amateur saddle maker. He tells me that right now the wholesale cost of the materials, including a tree, to make a basic Western saddle is just south of $600. Add the value of 40-60 hours of labor and you get some idea of the economics of saddle buying.
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post #23 of 41 Old 09-17-2012, 08:27 PM
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I'm by no means saying to get sucked into the gaited saddle fantasy... just asking if there is actually something to it.

From what I have found it seems that there is something to gaited saddles. I'm not sold on the whole "gaited saddles give more freedom of front leg movement because of the flare" BUT If they are built on a narrower tree (like a semi-quarterhorse bar) then they are a very valid option to look at for my mare since a full QH bar is too wide/low.


what I am really looking for is a syntethic western saddle that fits my horse. must have narrower bars since the 2 different semi-quarterhorse bar saddles I have put on her fit very well. does anyone have any favorite for synthetic?
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A lot of female riders, especially the older and a bit heavier ones swear by Dixieland saddles on Tenn Walking horses.
 I really love my D ixieland gaited saddle. And I am 15 and 104 pounds, it's definitly the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in, by far!  You don't have to be old and fat to like these saddles, ya know! And they sell saddle pads and  matching saddlebags.      You also   have the option of adding padding on the seat. VERY comfy. =)  Their costumer service is first class too.

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Here i have a doubt whether the half pad spine free is better than the fully covered .I am new to have a mare ,want to buy a half pad saddle.But i found two styles,any suggestions?
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 I really love my D ixieland gaited saddle. And I am 15 and 104 pounds, it's definitly the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in, by far!  You don't have to be old and fat to like these saddles, ya know! And they sell saddle pads and  matching saddlebags.      You also   have the option of adding padding on the seat. VERY comfy. =)  Their costumer service is first class too.

I just dont know any skinny girls with em.

But Currently I wouldnt recommend them. Customer service is horrendous if you do have a problem and quality has dropped off.

Strongly disagree with the "no such thing as gaited saddles" there most certainly is a difference in tree shape.
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post #28 of 41 Old 09-19-2012, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Don't fall for the "gaited saddle" fad, as mentioned above just find a saddle that fits your particular horse. I tried about 15 saddles before I bought one, I have a RMH/gaited Morgan cross. Very short backed and square, I finally took him to a saddle fitter and got a Dakota Barrel Saddle with full QH bars. Fits beautifully and he moves out great in it!
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I was checking out the Dakota saddles. They are light weight which I like. Is the leather really soft. I want a easy to break in saddle. I measured my boy with a wire and he measured 8 inches across-- which I had measured 3 inches down middle of wire and then across. He is short backed and stocky. So what size would you suggest in the tree size. I use a 16 seat. Thanks
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"Gaited Saddles" equate to "gaited saddles" which equates to a marketing ploy, not an operational saddle type.

If you are looking for a Western saddle I can't help you all that much. If you're looking at English all/general purpose saddles you can't go wrong with Stubbens, even older ones. For "trooper" saddles I understand Tucker is a good brand. A friend of mine has a Haggis Saddle (made in Canada). At first I wasn't all that sure that a sheep's stomach was good saddle material, but he swears by it!!!!!

For a Plantation saddle you can't go wrong with Steele Saddles. They have an excellent "try before you buy" program. Many other saddle makers use Steele trees.

For a military saddle (McClellan, Jennifer, Grimsley) try Doug Kidd at Border States Leather. There are a number of German Armee saddles on e-Bay at any given time; they are comfortable and well made.

The world of saddles is quite broad and diverse. Don't get sucked into the "gaited saddle" fantasy. Find one that is appropriate to you, your discipline, and your horse (in that order).

Good luck.

G.

P.S. I have a friend who is an amateur saddle maker. He tells me that right now the wholesale cost of the materials, including a tree, to make a basic Western saddle is just south of $600. Add the value of 40-60 hours of labor and you get some idea of the economics of saddle buying.
Wow. Talk about making a profit on some of these high dollar saddles. I want a soft easy to break in saddle. Light weight, trooper style, round cut back for a wide/ short back gaited horse. Any suggestions???
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post #30 of 41 Old 09-19-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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I just dont know any skinny girls with em.

But Currently I wouldnt recommend them. Customer service is horrendous if you do have a problem and quality has dropped off.

Strongly disagree with the "no such thing as gaited saddles" there most certainly is a difference in tree shape.
Hum how has the quality dropped off. I was seriously looking at these. Is the leather hard or soft. I want a softer leather/ light weight saddle. What do you think about the Tucker saddles or Crates ??
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