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.....