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post #1 of 7 Old 06-04-2012, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle shopping

Well, back to the drawing board. I need a good treed saddle for my fox trotter mare! Cn you all give me some good brands/makers? I have a free form treeless saddle for when she is in between fitness levels and such, but for when we do hard trail riding I want a well fitted treed saddle for her. I prefer the endurance type saddles that have a pommel, and I need a small seat, which is one of my biggest problems to date. A 14 inch seat is what I ride in, and finding a baited saddle with a small seat is proving difficult. I like the concept of th Imus saddle and sitting right over the horses center of gravity, but with their spotty reputation of changing production companies I don't want to get stuck with a lower quality then what I pay for. I was suggested a few other sights in another post, and was looking at those, but I don't really enjoy riding sitting in the middle of the horses back. I learned how to ride by riding bareback, so using a saddle is usually a tad awkward for me. This is why I think I like the Imus concept of riding so far forward. Do you guys know of any other good brands that don't cost an arm and a leg? My price range is anything UNDER $800. Thank you :)

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-04-2012, 12:17 PM
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I am in the process of ordering a High Horse gaited endurance saddle. High horses are US made by circle y, the hybride leather/cordura models are very well reviewed and seem to be comfortable durable and several pounds lighter than all leather. The people I know who have them are pretty happy. I am happy they came out with a gaited endurance model this year in a 17" seat. Unfortunately I dont see any specific gaited models in the smaller seat size you need. I would still look hard at this one as it comes in smaller sizes, :13" 14" 15" 16" 17" Cordura Trail Saddle 'Eldorado' High Horse by Circle Y 6915 the staff at this store are pretty squared away. If you get good wither tracings or use their templates and send them good description and pictures of your horse they will let you know if it will work or not.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-04-2012, 12:19 PM
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Currently I am riding in Kimberly superior aussi saddle on my 15 hand TWH, I have hundreds of miles including 2 50 mile and one 25 mile endurance race withthat saddle, No rubs fits well, and rides a bit farther forward than western saddles. My new horse Miss emma is a bit bigger am going with a western rigged endurance saddle this time.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-04-2012, 06:58 PM
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I don't know anything about these saddles...only that they fit your 14" and under $800 requirements :) They are also made for gaited horses.

MH Tensleep Gaited Cordura-19 lbs - MHG8

Maybe someone out there has one and can give us all a review...*hint hint*
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-10-2012, 08:08 PM
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Look into the Kuda brand I like their trail saddles and you might find one used for your price range. They're well made, not overly heavy but very comfortable.

I've ridden in the Master and Gold cup on pasos and for me, it felt awkward. I hated the high pomel area..not for me. I think I had the's been a bit and I sold it. I grew up riding bareback and I still don't like a saddle, but found that one really comfortable. The rigging is a little different but hold the saddle firmly in place.

The Aussie saddles are pretty nice, too. I had the Wizard Poley Australian Saddles - the Down Under Collection of Aussie Saddles for Trail, Ranch, and Endurance riding and while it was comfy, it was heavy. At least for me. I'm short and have some shoulder issues so it was tuff for me to hoist the saddle. Again, look for them used and the 15" should fit you fine. I was about 105# at the time and I like room in the saddle..a good fit.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-11-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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thank you all for your help! I am contacting various store owners at the moment to get more information from them :)

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-11-2012, 11:49 PM
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Barrel saddles are pretty easy to find in 14" seats. I have a 14" Corriente that I got brand new and made for me for $560. The only issue is that they only make 7" gullets, so your MFT would need to be pretty wide.
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