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    01-07-2010, 07:41 AM
Originally Posted by RiosDad    
What good is it anyway unless you are roping??
It's pretty good to hold on when you learn cutting.
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    01-07-2010, 08:58 AM
Green Broke
Well I use a Circle Y saddle and a Hereford something Saddle I can't remember the name! But the Hereford is the MOST comfortable saddle I have EVER sat in. It's fantastic. I'll have to figure out the whole name of it.
    01-07-2010, 09:09 AM
Tex Tan flex trees come in 2 widths -- be sure to get wide.
Big Horn (before Anirican bought them) and Fabtron are the preferred synthetic saddles here.

A rule of thumb says 90 degree Wades fit most horses and the 94 degree wade fits the mutton withered. (Wades are supposed to be a god tree style that works for a lot of horses. I have yet to sit in anyone's regular Wade and not have it be too wide across the seat for me. I'd apparently need a Lady Wade or Lady Pendleton tree for me, lol.)

I'm an English rider. The info I posted is what I found while researching.
    01-07-2010, 09:19 AM
Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
a Hereford something Saddle I can't remember the name!

Either a Wade or an "A" fork tree with a wide gullet may be what your friend needs. Both trees do a good job of fitting a wide range of horses. I use the following method when heading off to the tack shop to fit a new horse:
Go to the hardware store and get about 4’ of 12 or 14 gauge house wire (the kind electricians use to wire a house) and cut it in half. This was written for Western saddles but the principle is the same for English or Australian.

Take 2’ and shape it over your horse’s withers. Take the other 2’ and shape it over the center of his back.

Carefully take the wires and trace the inside of the wire on a heavy piece of cardboard (or poster board if you have it). Cut out the cardboard shapes and take them to the saddle shop to fit against some saddles.

This part is Western: Keep in mind that QH bars in one saddle may not be the same in another brand. There are no standards for saddle trees so each manufacturer has his own idea what dimensions make the designations.

As for you, your bum should not be squished against the cantle, it should have a little room at the top and there should be about 4" of space between your tummy and the swell.
Aside from taking the horse with me to fit a saddle to, I find that the method above works well.
    01-07-2010, 10:22 AM
Thanks iride. Her issue is not being picky but her horse is exceptionally butt high, almost like someone took a horse a hand higher and joined his butt with her horse. Add mutton withers and you've got yourself an uncomfy ride already. So, most saddles she gets slips forward, or she's rather unbalanced.

I appreciate the replies!!!
    01-08-2010, 08:23 PM
Mutton withered horses are really tough to fit. My AQHA gelding was very mutton withered when he was younger. When the withers are very round, there's nothing to hold the tree into place. I tried saddles, girths and pads. What worked the best for me was a contoured wool-felt pad and wool-felt girth with a regular saddle.
    01-09-2010, 01:02 PM
Thanks Ridehorses99, I'll pass that on to her.
    01-09-2010, 01:10 PM
If she has the budget, a custom made saddle may be the only way to go.
    01-09-2010, 04:53 PM
Love my Crates

I have a very wide Paint with no withers. My Tex Tan didn't fit him (it had a rawlide tree). I now have a Crates Reining saddle and use it mostly for trailriding. I bought it used and the previous owner did reining with it. It's a great saddle and each one is handmade. Em

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