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post #31 of 41 Old 09-19-2012, 03:18 PM
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While it is true some Regular Saddles can fit a Gaited Horse, there is a difference in Gaited Saddles, the bars are flaired more than a tradition bar for more freedom of shoulder movement and they many times have a shorter length bar which helps on some of the shorter backed breeds.

Just like your Shoes, All Gaited Saddles are different, some are designed for the Foundation Style and some sare designed for the narrower designer breeding that has been taking pace in teh last few years.

Instead of shipping Saddles all over the country to try out, find a Maker that has Templates or better yet the Fitting Forms, this saves a lot of money and headaches

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post #32 of 41 Old 09-19-2012, 04:00 PM
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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
that's funny, just goes to show how all things are relative, I scratched Dakotas off my list as I thought they were too heavy.
Go to Horse tack reviews and read the negative reviews on Dixielands. SOme personal friends of mine have had the exact same experiences. Noone expects any manufacturer to be perfect every time, but when you do mess up they need to back their product not get rude and nasty. Sorry but they could make the best saddle in the world and I wouldnt buy from them.
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Dakota also manufactures a gaited saddle under the Liberty brand that has a Steele tree in it.
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I have an amish guy about 60 miles from here. I may have to go there and do just that.
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im a skinny guy and like the dixieland.. lol
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post #36 of 41 Old 09-19-2012, 10:58 PM
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There are "gaited" horse saddle that are pretty much qh saddles. What you are looking at is the angle of the rafter, the back of the saddle near the loins. On a qh the angle will be steeper than a true gaited saddle. On many walkers the angle of the front of the bars pretty much is the same as the rafter. I think I could draw this better than describe it.
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Thats funny, just goes to show how all things are relative, I scratched Dakotas off my list as I thought they were too heavy.
Go to Horse tack reviews and read the negative reviews on Dixielands. SOme personal friends of mine have had the exact same experiences. Noone expects any manufacturer to be perfect every time, but when you do mess up they need to back their product not get rude and nasty. Sorry but they could make the best saddle in the world and I wouldnt buy from them.
Really? When did this start happening? I only bought mine a year and a half ago and the quality was fantastic and so was the costumer service. But of course I didn't have any manufacturing problems... Either way though, I LOVE mine and I plan on buying their saddlebags that match with my saddle when I get the money. We bought this saddle *because* of all the great reviews online. WEIRD!



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that's pretty much what you get, very friendly fantastic customer service while you are placing the order. Then Mr Hyde time if you have a problem.
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I've been seriously considering this brand:

Sycamore Creek Saddles

This particular saddle is sheer beauty to me. Perhaps spend a lil more for some border tooling.

http://www.sycamorecreeksaddles.com/TAF001-A.jpg

these saddles are for gaited horses. I hate they aint made here in the states but they are tempting. Another thing I worry about is they are built on a ridgid tree. Im not that much in the know but I was assuming that "modern" technology has taken us to a "flex" type tree. Any input on this concern, anyone? Anyone?
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post #40 of 41 Old 09-20-2012, 05:47 PM
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I know of quite a few people very happy with the Saddles from Sycamore.

I do not like flex trees all that much, they do not flex for fitting various size Horses, they flex for more comfort for the Horse, my opinion, just use a high quality pad and go with the tried and true Solid Tree

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