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post #1 of 3 Old 01-15-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Big Horn synthetic saddle fit critique, please...

So this Big Horn was my absolute FAVORITE saddle to ride in 2-3 years ago. However, I didn't own it.
Then, when I got Lacey a saddle I looked for one like this, couldn't find one. When I got Lacey her second saddle after discovering that the first didn't fit well, I looked for this model and couldn't find it. Now, FINALLY, someone is selling this model of saddle and I'm planning on buying it because I love it to death.

At the time I was riding Lacey in it, people thought it fit her pretty well. However, I'd like to get a re-check on those pictures just to make sure ya'll still agree on the fit before I fully commit to buying this one I found.

That all comes down to mean that these pictures are 2.5 to 3 years old and I have no way of getting more current/better pictures. I know they aren't the best pictures and that some shoulder shots would be nice but I didn't know about that 3 years ago.

Another thing I would like you to consider, if you would, as you peruse these, is that Lacey has developed a lot more back muscle and has a much more developed topline now than she did when I was taking these pictures. So, does it appear that there's room for that "oomph"-increase? I do know that when I was riding in this saddle, I usually had to double pad it to keep the gullet off her withers by the end of a long ride, so I assume that it'll probably be fine with her current "oomph"-y-ness.


And then, difference in body shape comparison (just to give you an idea of the change we're talking about here):

Around when these saddle fit pictures were taken:


As an aside, I think she's pretty much aging backwards? Should I talk to my vet about that?

I do have this model of saddle with semi-QH bars (and a 12inch seat, haha) which I use as my lesson saddle but as is the case with most "pony" saddles on Lacey, it's a little snug. She doesn't throw a huge fit, but I know I need FQH bars for a saddle I'm going to ride in. This saddle I'm looking into is FQH and the one in these pictures is FQH.

Thank you! I appreciate it. :)

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-15-2012, 09:19 AM
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The saddle appears to be a good fit while the horse is more streamlined. In the lower pic she appears to have put on a lot of weight. What do you mean by aging backwards?
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-15-2012, 03:46 PM
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I like how it was fitting on her back when she was thinner except for the wither clearance and the front end looks as though there is some room for expansion. Quite honestly, her overall underlying back structure is the same, I think that the extra weight that she has now will work the same way a second pad did back then, only now, it is less shapeless bulk.(If that makes sense.)

Either way, considering the price, it shouldn't be hard to get your money back out of it, should the saddle not fit. I have a feeling it will, but that may just be optimism...:)

In case you wanted to see more info on the saddle new:

Big Horn No. 101-15, 102-15<br>Cordura Nylon Oregon Round Skirt Big Horn Cordura Nylon Saddle No. 101-15 & 102-15 [Big Horn No. 101-15 & No. 102-15] - $628.00 : Red Dot Horse Equip. Co. Tack, Saddles, Outback Coat Store

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