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    10-11-2010, 07:48 PM
Don't get it. I need more than FQHB?

Well, I am in search of a new reining saddle, sort of. I know pretty much what I want. Here is the issue. Last spring, when I bought my guy, I actually picked him up at a very well respected tack shop in Ny state. While there, I got a new saddle, which was fitted to him, and me. Love it, BUT, it is WAY too big for me. Fits him great, but it is a 17, and I need a 16. So I am looking at my options.
I have bought one on ebay recently, a fabulous old saddle I really love, FQHB, gullet of 7". It is too tight thru the withers. Measured my saddle that fits him-it is 8" thru the withers. Really? I do not have a wide horse, actually seems pretty average, especially incomparison to the QH's at the barn. Mine is a TWH/QH, so I am really finding it hard to believe I need that much width!
At this point, my best option is to wait until spring I think, since a new saddle is coming in-a Stacy Westfall, actually, that I really love. So, come spring I will go up and try and trade in what I have for that, plus more $$, of course.
How is it possible that my guy is that much wider (he seems narrower) than MOST of the horses out there? An 8" gullet is almost draft width for heavens sake!
I just don't get it.
And, naturally, my saddle, which I get SO many compliments on, is no longer available.....
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    10-11-2010, 08:08 PM
All saddle trees vary from company to company. If it's pinching in one brand, doesn't mean it will in another. You best bet is to try the saddle before you buy.
    10-11-2010, 09:56 PM
I agree with northern lights. It may not even matter if he is "thicker or thinner" than the other qh's but it just may be his built. + how experienced are you with fitting saddles, perhaps it does fit him and you may not know? I know some people don't know the difference between a fitting and ill fitting saddle, but you sound pretty knowledgeable.
    10-11-2010, 10:23 PM
No-the one I just got is definitely just a bit tight on his withers (pinching just a bit on the sides). Not worth taking a chance on for sure.
    10-11-2010, 10:29 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
No-the one I just got is definitely just a bit tight on his withers (pinching just a bit on the sides). Not worth taking a chance on for sure.
Ahh, I see. I have never dealt with thick horses, just narrow horses. I guess you would have to get bigger bars. You could look at a treeless if you have the money, or take your horse to a near by fitter.
    10-11-2010, 10:37 PM
WEll, I do have one that was fitted professionally, as I said, and I will probably go back there in the spring. Good at fitting him, but they must have thought my butt was bigger than it is!

I have to go back to VA next week, as my hubby is missing me after 6 mo! I live in NY april-oct, and VA the rest of the time. Market is pretty slim for western in Northern VA......I conformed with the whole english thing for years.... Gives me more time to peruse the ebay market......
    10-11-2010, 10:48 PM
Here is what I have found out while trying different saddles for different horses.

They all start as either FQHB or SQHB. I believe FQHB is 8" gullet. Its all about how the saddlemaker makes that saddle as to if it will stay true to size. My BigHorn is listed as being SQHB with a 6 1/2" gullet. Its more like a 6". Its all about how they build their saddles.
    10-11-2010, 10:52 PM
Thanks Cori-appreciate the insight. I sort of thought that was the case.....just wasn't sure.
    10-13-2010, 04:17 AM
You are not alone. I have encountered loads of horse owners on-line that have the same saddle fitting problem. In my case, I have a five yr old TWH gelding with a wide back and very shallow withers. Admittedly, he is overweight. But I have been saddle shopping for two months and have yet to find one that fits him. Even the so-called "wide tree" saddles pinch and rub him behind the scapula to the point that he is very, very uncomfortable. Even with a wide tree saddle, when fully cinched up, I cannot slide my hand between the tree and his shoulder. But I am still searching and will welcome any suggestions. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to try out the saddle before buying. In addition, I am not financially able to buy a new custom fitted saddle, most of which cost a min of $1,000. But I will keep searching. Best of luck to you!!
    10-13-2010, 04:31 AM
Saddlery Liquidators is the only shop I know of in the No. VA area that has western tack, other than Wild Bill's. They had a wall of western saddles(it's a HUUUUGE store. My coach and I spent 2 hours in there.. wandering.. she wouldn't let me get the neon pink mounting block. :c) and some western bridles and such.

Saddlery Liquidators is in Haymarket(or Middleburg, the Middleburg store is smaller) and Wild Bill's is in Stephen's City. Maybe someone in one of those stores can help out?

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