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        08-28-2009, 02:54 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I am a larger lady myself, so I understand your dilema . One problem you may run in to is that the larger seat, the longer the saddle. Most saddles 18" or larger are going to be too long for most horses' backs. My 17" Circle Y is almost too long for my pretty average sized 15.2h Appy/QH mare. Drafts and draft crosses often have shorter backs than lighter horses.

    Measure on your horse between the back edge of the shoulder blade to the middle of the flank (where the hair grows up), and add 1". That is the longest saddle that will fit on your horse.

    When looking for a saddle, look for one that is made in North America on a quality NON-FLEX tree, preferably Ralide or Hide covered hardwood. The tree is the most important thing on your saddle, especially for those of us over 200 lbs . You want a good sturdy tree, NO fiberglass or flex materials, and no "soft woods" like pine.

    If you cannot find a quality western saddle in your budget, you might consider an Aussie saddle. Down Under Web has a nice selection and they might be able to build one for you. Aussie saddles are shorter front to back, and you can still have the horn and security of a wetsern saddle.

    Saddle pads are also very important for heavy riders. I like to use Skito saddle pads. They're very shock absorbing, circulate air, and help keep the horse's back comfy. They have a "firm foam" that works very well for heavy riders. They have pads for western or aussie saddles (English too).

    Please feel free to PM me privately if you'd like .
         
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        08-28-2009, 03:55 PM
      #22
    dee
    Started
    Thanks Luvs - I'll measure Dancer when I get home. I've been afraid to try the saddle on her because her attitude is still pretty bad - she's improving, but not where this fat old grandma wants her to be before climbing aboard! ;)

    I wonder if income tax refund time would produce any bargain saddles? Who knows!
         
        08-29-2009, 09:44 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    When you measure, keep in mind that the measurement is for the longest saddle as far as skirt size, total front-to-back length. So, when shopping, you need to ask for the saddle's total length to make sure it falls at or below you "max length" for her back.

    Spring is usually the most expensive time for saddles. The best time to buy is fall and winter.

    It's kind of good she's being a booger though. This will give you some time to work her in hand, and improve your own fitness and balance. I like to take my horses on "walks" in hand. Lead from both sides and work on basic ground manners while walking around her pasture or your property. Work on stop, back up, circles, changing direction, and even a few steps of "trot" here and there. As you both improve, do a bit more in-hand trot work, and maybe start venturing out on the trail. Have your husband walk his horse with you.

    Walking in hand is a great bonding experience for you and your horse. It's also good exercise for you both . I HATE exercising, but walking with my horse is just plain fun, lol. We stop a lot so I can rest and she can eat. Just make sure to only stop when she's being a good girl, so grazing or giving some treats is her reward for behaving well.
         
        08-29-2009, 04:56 PM
      #24
    dee
    Started
    Thanks Luvs. You're probably right about spring being the most expensive time for saddles. If I keep up with my current "program," which is a lot like what you are describing, maybe by spring I'll be ready for a more normal sized saddle that won't be quite so expensive.

    I thought I might try a bit of bareback riding - with a good pad, of course. It might be cheaper to by a decent bareback pad than a saddle. Unfortunately, my riding skills are pretty sorry, so I may be relegated to having the daughter lead me around like a little kid. Embarrassing to say the least, but it might help with my balance a bit? Besides, the grandkids could use the same bareback pad, I am thinking...
         
        08-29-2009, 06:47 PM
      #25
    Showing
    ^^ That would work. And it is amazing how quickly your balance gets better when you ride bareback all the time. But I just wanted to pop in and say that I have been looking for a saddle for my perch and found this site. They are willing to make some of their styles in up to a 22" seat and their prices that I have looked at seem pretty reasonable and their tack seems quality from the pix. I don't know if anyone here has any experience with them or not though.

    Draft Horse Saddles | Custom Made | Mule | Haflinger
         
        08-29-2009, 11:57 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dee    
    Thanks Luvs. You're probably right about spring being the most expensive time for saddles. If I keep up with my current "program," which is a lot like what you are describing, maybe by spring I'll be ready for a more normal sized saddle that won't be quite so expensive.

    I thought I might try a bit of bareback riding - with a good pad, of course. It might be cheaper to by a decent bareback pad than a saddle. Unfortunately, my riding skills are pretty sorry, so I may be relegated to having the daughter lead me around like a little kid. Embarrassing to say the least, but it might help with my balance a bit? Besides, the grandkids could use the same bareback pad, I am thinking...
    Oh sure, bareback riding is great! And don't be embarrassed about being led. My DH leads me on occasion still, when I'm feeling less than brave, lol. Bareback riding will really help build your balance and confidence.

    Good bareback pads are pricey though. I really like Skito's Bareback pad as it has shock absorbing foam in it and a sticky seat patch. It uses a regular short Dressage girth.

    Toklat makes a nice bareback pad too, their Coolback high wither profile pad is a good one. No foam in side, but it's pretty comfy for short rides and is easy to wash. Any local shop that carries Toklat products can order you one. They come in fun colors and include a buckle girth.

    Here is the Toklat pad, but without the high wither profile (which I think your horse needs, it's only an added $10 cost).
    Browsing Store - Toklat Coolback&reg Standard Bareback Pad
         
        08-31-2009, 10:54 AM
      #27
    dee
    Started
    I will definitely look into the bareback pads - and thanks for mentioning the high wither thing - I hadn't even thought about it. She's so fat, I didn't even notice her withers! Now that I look at her picture and compare it with what's out my window, she really does have high withers. DJ's withers aren't so high, I don't think, but it wouldn't hurt to have two bareback pads, anyway.

    And thanks all you guys, for not being judgemental in all of this. I hear enough of "you should be carrying the horse!" at home!
         
        08-31-2009, 03:32 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Hey dee I was thinking of you this weekend when we where at the sale. There was a really nice treeless saddle there and it didnt go for much. To me it looked like a bareback pad but with a raised front. It was made of this suead like stuff that grips your bottom to help you stay on. There where a few ladies there that said it works great and dosent make you feel smushed. There is nothing wrong with being lead around heck I still lead my DH around when he is not feeling stable in the saddle. The most inportant thing is that you are having a good time and you love your horse.
         
        08-31-2009, 05:48 PM
      #29
    dee
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bloodhoundmom28    
    The most inportant thing is that you are having a good time and you love your horse.
    I don't think there's any doubt that I love my ponies - I worry about them too much, and my (horse) cookie bill is HUGE! I thought about a treeless saddle, too. It's more or less just a fancy bareback pad in my book. However, I haven't seen too many of them around here. Of course, there's always Ebay, and shopping is half the fun!
         
        08-31-2009, 06:29 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    www.tacktrader.com usually has some sizes you're looking for. Good luck!
         

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