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post #21 of 27 Old 11-14-2012, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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IHW - my mare's got the flattest back in the world xD so I feel your pain. Unfortunately I'm going to need to get her a treeless saddle - even the widest wintec gullet is too tight on her :P
Have you looked into some quality treeless options?

Also - please don't take this critically, a saddle is better without a pad than with a towel. '97 was 15 years ago, we've come far in equine welfare sense then. The reason towels are not good is because they can bunch up and cause pressure points under the saddle. It can also rub the hair backwards or pinch. Being broke myself I've found it quite easy to make saddle pads Just go to a fabric store and get some fabric, and some quilt padding and sew it all together! It's much cheaper than $50 pads x.x But if the saddle fits appropriately you're better off without a pad at all - many people do that the first few rides in a saddle anyway to get the leather soft and supple.

Another cheap fix is to just go bareback :P the lucky thing about wide-backed, hard to fit horses is that they're really freaking comfy bareback horses!! Hehe ^^ My mare's like a couch!
thanks :)
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post #22 of 27 Old 11-14-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have a fat horse as well. She came to me that way, and we're working on it, but fitting her to a saddle is tough.

Then my other 2 horses are TB geldings with shark-fin withers. One has a broad chest, the other is more lean. I think I'm going to end up with 3 different saddles... lol.

It's a big investment but it's SO worth it (having good fitting saddles). You can feel the horse properly, and since the horse is more comfortable, it'll move out better for you. Think about how you feel going out with clothes that are too small, or too big, or pinch you, etc. I'm sure I don't have to stress the importance of well-fitted tack to you, but you get the point ! :)
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post #23 of 27 Old 11-15-2012, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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IHW - my mare's got the flattest back in the world xD so I feel your pain. Unfortunately I'm going to need to get her a treeless saddle - even the widest wintec gullet is too tight on her :P
Have you looked into some quality treeless options?

Also - please don't take this critically, a saddle is better without a pad than with a towel. '97 was 15 years ago, we've come far in equine welfare sense then. The reason towels are not good is because they can bunch up and cause pressure points under the saddle. It can also rub the hair backwards or pinch. Being broke myself I've found it quite easy to make saddle pads Just go to a fabric store and get some fabric, and some quilt padding and sew it all together! It's much cheaper than $50 pads x.x But if the saddle fits appropriately you're better off without a pad at all - many people do that the first few rides in a saddle anyway to get the leather soft and supple.

Another cheap fix is to just go bareback :P the lucky thing about wide-backed, hard to fit horses is that they're really freaking comfy bareback horses!! Hehe ^^ My mare's like a couch!

I've learned that even weird old tricks in the Horse World that worked a million years ago could still work today but I totally agree with you! I've never really thought about treeless saddles thank you for your suggestion i'll look into it! After like 3 rides I just tossed the saddle and stuck to bareback for 6 months which he liked even better XD But this mare is a disaster when it comes to saddles!! I think she would be freakin awesome as far as bareback lol
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I have a fat horse as well. She came to me that way, and we're working on it, but fitting her to a saddle is tough.

Then my other 2 horses are TB geldings with shark-fin withers. One has a broad chest, the other is more lean. I think I'm going to end up with 3 different saddles... lol.

It's a big investment but it's SO worth it (having good fitting saddles). You can feel the horse properly, and since the horse is more comfortable, it'll move out better for you. Think about how you feel going out with clothes that are too small, or too big, or pinch you, etc. I'm sure I don't have to stress the importance of well-fitted tack to you, but you get the point ! :)
my TB mare is the same way with shark fin withers!!! Lol we are debating on just sticking with a bareback pad with her because she's a great dead broke mare...But LB is a basket case and a half as far as bareback lmao so i'm going to try either a treeless, or FQHB and see where that leaves me :)
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I would also keep a sharp eye on craigslist and garage sales. I managed to pick up some nice, solid, brand name saddles for under $100. A lot of times people get a saddle given/handed down to them from a friend or grandparents and have no idea on how much they're worth.
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post #26 of 27 Old 11-15-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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I would also keep a sharp eye on craigslist and garage sales. I managed to pick up some nice, solid, brand name saddles for under $100. A lot of times people get a saddle given/handed down to them from a friend or grandparents and have no idea on how much they're worth.
I've tried craigslist in my local area and all the saddles are severely overpriced. We are trying to find someone to trade the owners 500 dollar Endurance saddle for one with FQHB as we think that should fit her being as she is built like a tank lol. As for Beau he would benefit from a semi quarter saddle I think
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post #27 of 27 Old 11-15-2012, 10:18 AM
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my mare is a similar build to the gelding, I now have a big horn endurance that fits her like a glove.
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