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post #1 of 17 Old 06-18-2012, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Angry A question about thoroughbreds..

Okay, a person who I used to be friends with tries to out do me in everything and she owns standy's and I have a thoroughbred and I was going to do some western on her(just for fun). When I told her she said that I'd have to get another horse because western saddles don't fit thoroughbreds even if you get them fitted. She thinks that if you ride them in it for a few years that it will completly ruin them and there back and then they won't be rideable. Sorry about the spelling...

But the point being is I'd love to here your thoughts on the matter.

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-18-2012, 01:12 AM
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That is completely false..It doesn't matter what kind of saddle you put on your horse as long as it fits them properly. I know many people who ride TBs Western with no problems. It depends on the individual horse, but if your horse likes it, you want to try Western, and your tack fits properly there is nothing stopping you. It sounds as though your friend is again trying to out do you and control what you do with your horse.

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If the saddle fits, it fits! Just like any other breed of horse, you need to make sure it fits. I have a TB and a western saddle. We do great!!!
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Not really sure where she got this idea, but it is not true. I know several people who have tbs that the trail ride and these horses have only worn western saddles for years and they are all just fine. As long as it fits your horses back, you are going to be just fine.
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that's what I was thinking. She is was bait controlling when it came to what me and my tb did. But that you for the information!

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Abit** my bad

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Western is a style of saddle, it has nothing to do with fit.

Your friend is partially right though. Many many probably most western saddles and especialy the cheaper no name ones, are made for rounder backed QH. Thourobreds tend to have narrower bodies and higher withers that a typical western saddle wont fit. Although it is the tree that makes it not fit not just because it is western. You just have to get a western saddle that fits.
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I have an OTTB that I ride western he's been rode western for past 6yrs or so I had a western saddle fitted for him and I use a wither widening pad and It fits him great no problems no dry spots or bridging and he's not ruined nor does he have back issues. If you have the right saddle and proper padding theirs no reason you wouldn't be able to try out western just for the heck of it.
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I have an OTTB that I ride western he's been rode western for past 6yrs or so I had a western saddle fitted for him and I use a wither widening pad and It fits him great no problems no dry spots or bridging and he's not ruined nor does he have back issues. If you have the right saddle and proper padding theirs no reason you wouldn't be able to try out western just for the heck of it.
I used a pad for high withers also. I am curious, which one do you use???

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She told you the saddle will hurt them even if it fits? You know how stupid that sounds?

You can ride any horse in any saddle that fits.
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