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post #11 of 18 Old 04-27-2009, 08:29 AM
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Most western headstalls should fit most Arabians. If he has a short head and you're on the last hole, or if you're using an English bridle, then it's best to get an Arabian headstall or Cob English bridle.

Here are some good Arabian western headstalls.
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Most normal bits will fit an Arab fine. If the bit sticks way out on either side, obviously too big, then look for one with a 4.75" or 4 3/4" mouth piece.
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-27-2009, 08:31 AM
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Also, you want to make sure your saddle isn't too long for your Arab's back. The front concho should be in the pocket BEHIND his shoulder blade. While in that position, the back skirts should be no farther back than the mid-point of his flank (where the hair grows up). Most Arabians need round skirt saddles, or ones with shorter skirts.
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post #13 of 18 Old 05-02-2009, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. Here are two pics. Does the saddle look alright?
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post #14 of 18 Old 05-03-2009, 12:18 AM
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Yes. the saddle looks fine, just barely though. You couldn't use one any longer.
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post #15 of 18 Old 05-04-2009, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Ok good thanks :). I also have an english saddle and another western one (and an australian one) and I'm planning on cleaning them up and buying a new one. It's because I like western saddles and that one western one is weird so I don't want it (not the one in the pics). So do they have Arabian saddles? or what would you get?
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post #16 of 18 Old 05-04-2009, 01:23 PM
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Yes, there are Arabian saddles out there. It would be best to work with a store that can help you on fitting though, as a standard Arabian tree doesn't fit all Arabs . Kevin at Southern Trails has a nice selection of US made saddles and will work with you to find just the right tree fit. He can make almost any of his saddles on any of his trees. Email him when you're ready to buy a new saddle.
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If you want to go used, then it's best to find a brand and tree size that fits you both, then look for the same brand and size (and approx age) of saddle used. Again, pay attention to skirt length for western. Measure that saddle you have in those photos, and make sure any saddle you look at is the same length or shorter.
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-04-2009, 01:48 PM
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My horse is a russian arabian horse. His head fits just inbetween cob and horse sized bridles, he is on the last holes on a cob size and the two smallest holes on a horse size bridle. It depends on your horses head.
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post #18 of 18 Old 05-05-2009, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks :). I don't think there are any tack stores here that sell saddles . . . there might be one but their prices will probably be outrageous. He can help even through email? I'll look into that. Thanks a lot :) . . . but first I have to get to cleaning and selling those saddles .
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