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    06-03-2012, 12:49 PM
P.s. The saddle I currently ride Hunny in sits far forward on her shoulders. She gaits better with it farther forward then when it sits back :) I mostly just want the treed saddle for comfort riding, hard trail riding, and occasional cow work. I have a barrel saddle I am going to try on Hunny today but I don't think it will fit her to well. I will post photos of her back and of her with my saddles on later today. There is one saddle I had that seemed to fit her very well, unfortunately it is about 100 years old and I do not want to wreck it because it is my grammas saddle. It also sets me up super high and off the horse and I do not like that lol
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    06-03-2012, 01:12 PM


If you are looking for endurance, call or email Tony

Sycamore Creek Saddles

Even though the page says Paso Fino Saddles his specialty, he has fit all kinds of other Gaited Horse and he has Quality Saddle in your Price Range and has a lot of Endurance Type Models

I have bought a few saddles from him over the years from and many, many people have told me he is great to work with also :)

If you do not like his models, let us see some pics and let us know how your barrel saddle fits, we can help you look for something else

    06-03-2012, 01:17 PM
Imus products have a very spotty reputation for quality. They are are all subcontract manufacture (Imus does not own any production facilities, AFAIK). This can mean significant swings in quality.

The "gaited horse saddle" is much more a marketing approach than a functional type. The idea that a "gaited horse" requires a freer movement than, say, a three day eventer or steeplechaser is just not true. EVERY horse in any athletic discipline requires free movement of the shoulder.

The position of the rider is going to fall into two broad types: a balanced seat or a chair seat. The balanced seat will put you in the middle of the horse with your feet under you. It allows free movmenent of the horse both laterally and fore and aft. It requires the rider to develop a good sense of balance and feel. The chair seat limits laterall movement, but permits a more "elegant" presentation and is very valuable for ropers, jousters, etc. In gaited horses it's used to "hollow" the back and give a more later, smoother ride. That can be problematical if the rider is not intelligent and skilled in their riding.

On balance, I'd avoid the Imus products. Quality is not assured and the promotion of the saddle is based upon hype, not science.

    06-03-2012, 01:24 PM
Also check out the Tucker saddles. Designed for gaited horses, extremely comfortable, very popular with long distance riders.

Tucker Saddles - Trail saddles and Bridle Supplies.

One of the many things I like about is you can have your pick of rigging - if you prefer English stirrup leathers and billets for a buckle girth rather than fenders and a cinch you can get them.
    06-03-2012, 01:29 PM
Hmm. I am on the edge with his saddles. I would like to try one though. I have found a few that I like. This one is one of them: how do they sit though? Do they feel like they have that good deep seat? Hunny appalls me sometimes with her quick turns. I have no idea where they come from but holy crap can she cut cows so I am more comfortable with a saddle I can really sit in when working cows.
    06-03-2012, 01:34 PM
K thank you. I am continuing on my shopping journey!
    06-03-2012, 02:10 PM
Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
Hmm. I am on the edge with his saddles. I would like to try one though. I have found a few that I like. This one is one of them: how do they sit though? Do they feel like they have that good deep seat? Hunny appalls me sometimes with her quick turns. I have no idea where they come from but holy crap can she cut cows so I am more comfortable with a saddle I can really sit in when working cows.
Never sat in one myself, but Tony is an honest guy and knowledgeable, give him a ring monday :)

    06-03-2012, 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
K thank you. I am continuing on my shopping journey!
You're welcome!

What you want to do with your horse is very important in choosing a saddle. Consider your goals with the horse and then find a saddle that matches the horse, you, and the goals.

I'm a Stubben fan. They are not cheap but they are VERY well engineered and VERY well made. They have a "gaited" saddle (aimed at the Icelandic market, but not an "Icelandic" saddle). I've seen one. It's certainly Stubben quality. I ride a Stubben Scout (their police and military saddle). It's very comfortable for me and my horses and has 11 D-rings to hang stuff off of.

Look around and you can find some very good deals on used saddles. I've dealt with on two occations and found them very professional.

You can also do a "road trip" to the biggest tack shop in your area and see what they have. Take your horse; you might just go home with something just right.

Sometimes tack shops give good saddle fit advice and sometimes they just want to move what they have on their floor. Ensure that you have at least a basic understanding of good fit so you can tell if you're being "flim-flammed" by a saddle seller.

Good luck in your search.

    06-03-2012, 04:05 PM
Well I have a fantastic treeless saddle that I love, but I only use that for some conditioning and when she is in between fitness levels. I bought it for use as an endurance saddle, and I love it, but when we go on hard trail rides I want a well fitted treed saddle because we will ride up and down and all around and get stuck in mud and run through water and jump stuff and just have a blast but I feel that for more rides such as riding in the Badlands and Killdeer mountains where the terrain is killer, a fitted treed saddle will be better. I am looking at this brand==> and like the look of this saddle in particular. The guy makes gaited saddles so he knows his stuff :) I can't wait to call him!
    06-03-2012, 06:04 PM
Another manufacturer to check with is Crest Ridge Saddlery Home
They fit to the horse and the rider.

I have sat in an Imus saddle, it felt wonderful, but it didn't fit to my horse. You need a treed saddle that will fit both of you.

I also agree with Guilherme. The Imus has been made by the Amish at one time, Circle Y and I don't know if they still are but at the last I heard a correctional facility in the US by inmates. Imus claims they are made to their specs and has a reason for quitting with each former saddle maker, but I just off the top of my head don't know of another saddle manufactured that has had so many different people making a saddle under their name.

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