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post #1 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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HELP!! **Barrel Saddle suggestions for Long Backed mare.

I have a 6 yr old QH mare, and she is long backed. I have a 15.5” Charmayne James saddle now that is so nice, but it rocks on her lumbar area a bit, it rocks side to side more that i would like. So... any suggestions? Billy Cook, Cutsom Racnch RS Saddlery, Josey, etc. I don’t know a whole lot about this area, so lots of info from barrel racers would be great!! thanks!!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 12:53 PM
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I'd just suggest having a custom fitting done. Do you have any big tack stores near you where you can haul your mare and try on a bunch of different saddles?
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I live in central Illinois, and there really isn't anywhere that I'm aware of to go. Any suggestions fellow IL people?
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 02:45 AM
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Try a Billy Cook (: I've always had good luck with them for longer backed horses.

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 01:48 PM
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I don't think a long-backed horse is really suited for Barrel Racing. You really have to think of what is best for her, even if you want to do barrels. I'm not trying to start an arguement, but that is just my understanding. My POA has a really long back (and neck at that, he is like a girraffe), so I would be worried that it would be just asking for an older sway-backed animal. Unless there IS indeed an effective saddle that wouldn't pain the horse.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 03:32 PM
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Invite a few friends over with the stipulation they bring their saddles. The brand isn't what you need to look at but the tree. There are basically 3, semi, qh and full or wide bars. If the saddle is rocking I'm wondering if it's a little too wide behind the shoulders. Use a wire bent to fit the gullet area of your saddle, transfer that to cardboard, cut it out and you have a template.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 08:18 PM
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There is way more than just tree size/width to consider, and the measurements of semi vs. QH vs. full will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and style to style. You also have to contend with skirt style, length, tilt, and flare.
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