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post #1 of 5 Old 05-04-2012, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Finding a saddle that fits and isn't over $2000

Now that my boy has put on some weight and muscle, I have noticed that the saddle I bought him last year is too tight in the shoulder area. I havn't started riding him yet, he's ready to start, but I refuse to use an improperly fitted saddle.
My problem is that he has a very flat back, and is rather slab sided, so finding a saddle for him is difficult. The ones I try are either too tight in the shoulders, fit the shoulders but sit on his withers, or pop up in the back. I wanted to get one specially made for him, but when I priced it out, found out it would cost $2500 for their cheapest saddle (mind you these saddles are handmade, and fantastic quality!). I only plan to play around on the trails with him, and really don't want to spend over 2000 on a flashy saddle when I don't need something that pretty. Maybe in the future... but I don't have that kind of a budget right now. I saw some nice, plain ones at the tack store for 500 that I liked, but don't know how to make sure I'm buying the right size (I know what its supposed to look like on the horse, but don't really want to bring home 20 saddles until I find one that fits).
Does anyone have any advice for me? By the way, we are talking western saddles :).
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-04-2012, 07:30 PM
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Do you know what the measurements of your current saddle are? Like gullet width and all that? Is is Semi-QH bars, QH-bars, Full-QH bars, Arabian, gaited...? :)
Also, what breed is your guy?

Other thought: are you opposed to Australian saddles? My girl is super hard to fit too (mutton withered, wide shoulders, flat back, etc) and I found that the saddle that fits her the absolute best is an Aussie saddle by DownUnder Saddlery. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first but I feel so much more secure in it and my girl goes so much more happily in it that I just can't go back. :)

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My boy is a 4yr old standardbred. I can't remember what the gullet size on his current one is- I think its a 7 or 7.5). The one I have now is an australian, because I couldn't find any westers that would even remotely fit him last year. I may have an easier time this year as he has filled out quite a bit.
I find the australian saddles to be comfy, but I really do prefer a western- I feel more secure in it as that's what I've always ridden in.
Don't know what type of bars are in it though.
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Not sure if this will help but you can send them in a wither tracing and they'll find your saddle. This is the route I'm going when it comes time to fit my horse as he has an interesting build..

Dixieland Gaited Saddles, Custom Gaited Saddles for the Walking Horse, Foxtrotter, etc

They are fairly affordable too, nothing over 2 grand last I checked. Good luck

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-05-2012, 09:15 AM
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Have you tried an arab saddle? It fits the flatter back.
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