Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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If the leather is nice quality, you may have gotten lucky and found a nice little saddle. Usually, the cheap Asian imports have leather that is so awful it doesn't even look or feel like leather - more like thick cardboard. Some mom/pop shoppe saddleries sometimes didn't put a name-plate on their saddles. You may have found one of those.
The purpose of the A/P saddles is pretty much to just go riding to enjoy your horse comfortably. They're not for any particular discipline or for anything high-performance. You can use them for a little bit of everything, but for nothing too extreme. With the straighter flap, it lets you have a longer stirrup length, which a lot of people find quite comfortable. On the Walkers, make sure the tree-points are at least 2" (maybe a little more with that big shoulder-movement) behind the rear edge of the scapula. If you lift the flap of the saddle, you'll see a pocket just in front of the billet straps. This is the pocket that the rigid points of the saddle-tree sit inside of. Be sure that the horse's shoulderblade won't bump into it when it moves out and rotates that shoulder. And enjoy!
Last edited by freia; 06-07-2013 at 10:51 PM.