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    09-15-2012, 11:27 AM
  #11
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I have a National Bridle Company Tennessean Supreme that fits my SSH/TWH to a tee....This is a mid 1990's saddle made by Crate in Chattanooga.

Some time ago Crate fell out of favor with National Bridle and the new ones are made some where in Texas I've been told, but Crate still makes a similar designed saddle.
     
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    09-15-2012, 10:23 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I ride both my walkers in Australian saddles, A Kimberly superior, and a Kimberly Trailmaster.
I recently sold a Simco Endurance. I would not reccommend it for a gaited horse. It is for a wide flat backed horse, very little wither clearance.
there are quite a few around here that ride Simco Endurance on their walkers and they fit fine. It fits my high withered horse.
     
    09-16-2012, 06:40 AM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Mason72    
there are quite a few around here that ride Simco Endurance on their walkers and they fit fine. It fits my high withered horse.
Then the design must have changed drastically over the years. This is a Simco Enduraflex on Dammit, a grade all American with a bit of walker. Big guy. As you can see not alot of wither clearance.

Any pics or models for the one you have ?
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    09-16-2012, 05:54 PM
  #14
Weanling
Them empty cotton fields take me home. Memories.

Joe I like the looks of that saddle set up but there is definitely no room in the withers. Was there any rubbing on the withers using this saddle?
     
    09-16-2012, 05:57 PM
  #15
Weanling
Is the equi-fit flex tree found in dixieland saddles and steele saddles really all that?
     
    09-16-2012, 06:36 PM
  #16
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
I have a National Bridle Company Tennessean Supreme that fits my SSH/TWH to a tee....This is a mid 1990's saddle made by Crate in Chattanooga.

Some time ago Crate fell out of favor with National Bridle and the new ones are made some where in Texas I've been told, but Crate still makes a similar designed saddle.
Gunslinger, do you know what year National Bridle changed to the Texas maker? I can't find any info
     
    09-16-2012, 07:03 PM
  #17
Green Broke
I only got that horse out of a walk a few times, mainly just putzed down the trail, never had any rubs, but not any clearance either.
I am interested in this saddle
Flex-Lite Gaited Saddle or endurance one like it. I had a circle y high horse gaited endurance. Fit my horse perfectly but hurt me to ride in so I returned it, Basically felt like the seat was too narrow and I was riding a fence rail. I have a suspician this National saddle is the exact same one made in same factory. But maybe not. I like the Abetta seats they sema to be a bit wider and more comfortable for me, Buttt the abetta I have is a QH tree and doesnt fit my horse.
     
    09-16-2012, 07:56 PM
  #18
Foal
Joe it looks like the same. Not alot of clearance but the way it cinches it doesnt pinch or bind. Definitely doesnt rub raw spots.. I get what you are saying now.
     
    09-16-2012, 08:03 PM
  #19
Weanling
My riding buddy, uses a wilburn, or wilbourn, not sure what the proper name of it is. I can't really find much info on it either. But he says its about 150 yrs old. He's owned it 50 himself he says. Anyhow, the gullet on that old saddle sits right on top of the withers just like that simco looks to be doing. But that's all he rides and has ridden for decades now.
     
    09-16-2012, 08:28 PM
  #20
Showing
Joe I have the leather/cordura gaited endurance from Nat. Bridle. Looks like a Big Horn but definitely not as it has a fiberglass tree which appears to be reinforced with the webbing and glassed, which Big Horn doesn't use. They use either wood encased in fiberglass or Ralide. The bugs have been so bad I haven't got it on my wide, low withered horse yet. I'll bet your Simco has a Ralide tree. If money was no object I'd buy the tools and custom build my own tree then build the rest of the saddle.
     

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