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post #11 of 14 Old 12-28-2009, 11:13 PM
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every Toulouse i've had has ran wide...

After you ride in them, they sink down more. I've never had an issue with one resting on the withers, but rather the very middle of the saddle will pressure on a horses back. So just to check it after a couple rides to make sure the middle isn't bearing down.

Other than that, i love mine, but, it only fits the drafts i ride, had to buy something else for the AQHAs, warmbloods and such..
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-28-2009, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Polaris View Post
Ok, just curious. I really have no complaints with mine, and feel that they are well made saddles with great ability to accomodate many different horses.

Thanks for your insight.

Well like I said, I haven't personally tried it so I really can't (shouldn't?) comment on them personally. I can only spit out what people have told me. If it works for you, great! Keep using them! There are some really great brands that have the adjustable tree. The Bates I sold was beauuuuuutiful.
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-09-2010, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by upnover View Post
the way it was described to me by a saddler... the gullet (the hard part) is actually quite short. past the gullet are the 'arms' of the tree which are flexible and made of wool and/or foam. on an adjustable gullet the gullet is very long, inflexible, and extends all the way down so it rubs against most horses shoulders restricting movement and often causes pain. esp when jumping. i've never actually tried one, but that's what a lot of very knowledgeable people have told me, so i don't plan to. a few saddlers/dealers i know were dismayed when pessoa started doing the adjustable gullet. one (who sells Pessoas) actually said, 'what a great way to ruin a perfectly fine saddle'. another told me he couldn't sell my BRAND NEW next generation bates elevation for $500 because because trainers are starting to refuse to let their students buy them and (his words) "he couldn't give away anything with an adjustable tree".
I have two Ashley & Clarke saddles with the Sherwood tree. It has interchangable gullet plates. The plates are short, and just in the gullet area. The tree has normal length tree points. Thread at Horse Grooming Forum. The blue is a wider gullet. Ther whit medium is pictured at HGF and it's narrow. Gee whiz: An adjustable tree Ashley & Clarke Ayr cc - Horse Forums (HGS)

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post #14 of 14 Old 01-09-2010, 11:37 AM
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Too late to edit that post. Sherwood tree: It's a composite tree with interchangeable gullet plates. The plates are short, and just in the gullet area. The tree has normal length tree points that are part of the tree. It's a BS6635 tree which is a British standard for saddle trees. I'm not sure who makes or what other saddle brand might use this tree. But the other adjustable gullets don't look like these.
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