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post #11 of 16 Old 10-15-2012, 01:31 PM
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Ok...I guess I will add to this.

For my first gaited horse, I didn't want to spend a fortune until I knew my horse better, and put some weight ON him. (He was 100 pounds UNDER when I purchased him.) But, I needed to ride. So I went with a Henry Miller Saddle. I got the saddle, breast collar, bridle and reins (all with basket weave tooling) for about $1200. For an additional $100., I got matching basket weave leather saddlebags.

For the money, I don't think you can find a better saddle. I have now used it consistently for 5 years, and it is holding up beautifully; still good as new! I also got the endurance stirrups (which hang "front") and no longer have the knee pain that I ALWAYS had before.

I love this saddle. Someday I hope to get the Southern Cross saddle made by the Australian Stock company. But that saddle alone is $4,000 (no extras included.) In the meantime, I have thrilled with my Henry Miller.

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post #12 of 16 Old 10-19-2012, 09:23 AM
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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.

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post #13 of 16 Old 10-19-2012, 10:05 AM
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Gaited Saddles

I have 2 gaited horses and have been through many saddles as they too plump up easily so I have gone to treeless saddles since they fit well even when the weight fluctuates. The horses love the treeless saddles. There are many different types but mine are Barefoot.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-19-2012, 10:14 AM
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I have a treeless saddle as well for chubby season, but when I need to go do work with the horses (like cow work and ranch work) I need a western saddle.

My treeless is a Freeform and I LOVE it! Super comfy. however, they are quite expensive

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post #15 of 16 Old 10-19-2012, 10:16 AM
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I don't know anyone who buys special tack for their gaited horses. Wonder why? But there doesn't seem to be any problems even showing in a western saddle for them...
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-20-2012, 11:23 AM
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The difference between a gaited saddle and a non-gaited saddle?..... The gaited saddle with its gaited bars are slightly narrower and slightly shorter to accommodate the gaited horses unique movement. The bars flair out oh so slightly to allow for that wonderful shoulder movement, and the gullet is rather high. One CAN use a saddle with quarter horse bars but don't over tighten the cinch. My filly was started under a barrel racing saddle and she did fine. Also, if you do chose to use a regular western saddle, make sure it has short skirting and that the hip area has ample room to move. I use a Big Horn Western saddle and I love it and most importantly, my filly moves effortlessly under it! Happy Trails!
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