Best saddle for a WIDE mutton withered QH

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    10-22-2012, 04:45 PM
Best saddle for a WIDE mutton withered QH

I'm going to be bringing my old QH out of retirement and need to buy him a saddle, since I sold his tack a few years ago.

This horse was seriously the HARDEST horse to fit I've ever run across. His back is very flat and he's built like a tank. Even most 7" gullet saddles are just too narrow for him.

I'm considering a synthetic saddle for him just because they're so lightweight. Price is also a big issue... he'll only be casually ridden so I don't want to break the bank.

Is it possible to find a decent quality, lightweight, WIDE saddle for under $300?

Here he is in a Simco that, IMO, was a bit narrow for him. I eventually sold it and got a wider Circle Y.

He's the first horse:

From his younger days:
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    10-22-2012, 05:25 PM
Green Broke
Subbing. I have a mare like that.
    10-22-2012, 06:52 PM
Would you believe a saddle with a rawhide covered tree and semi qh bars fit my 16.1hh 1350lb flattish backed, mutton-withered gelding.
    10-22-2012, 08:38 PM
Well he's nowhere near 16 hands but is probably close to 1350 lbs.... A semi bars saddle definitely won't fit him.
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    10-24-2012, 12:45 PM
Just won a saddle on ebay for less than $300. It's by Action Saddlery and has a 7.5" gullet. Looks like an old, well made saddle... Hopefully it is.
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    10-24-2012, 09:15 PM
Green Broke
And you know what that of it modelled by your boy!
    10-24-2012, 09:18 PM
Definitely! Hopefully it fits.

Now I also need to find a matching headstall and reins. Going to be difficult... The saddle is sort of an odd, bright chestnut color.
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    10-30-2012, 08:24 PM
I run into the same problem with my mare. She is not overly big but has a wide wither. I bought a vintage high back saddle that I absolutely LOVED but it was too narrow through the gullet. For her. I'm a sucker for the old, vintage stuff but it doesn't fit on alot of today's horse very well. I have since sold that and bought one on EBAY with a wider tree and it fits her decent but not as comfy for me.

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