Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
Abettas are fine saddles if they work for you. My spotted saddle horse was an extremely easy keeper and always a little tubby. I started having problems with girth galls and short strides. I tried every kind of girth known to man and then gave up and bought an Eli Miller endurance saddle with center fire rigging and a wide tree. Sold my Abetta...quickly and easily because they are popular.
When I changed saddles, it was like getting a new horse: never another girth gall, and a return to his normal stride.
The moral of this story is that you may have to try a few before you find what really works best on your horse. AND...if he's thin and needs to gain weight, I would hold off on a saddle purchase until he's more fit.
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.