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    09-26-2012, 11:49 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Lol! They should of come up with the same idea for Western! :)
My mare is so picky with saddles! I have only put two on her that she is ok with! And one I didnt own! The first on was my friends,, and she wouldnt sell it to me, lol...The first I bought she she didnt much like! The second she bucked me off! And huffed anytime she saw it after, I put it on her again, and her eyes were showing whites and I could just tell it was hurting her. The third she liked, but I want a barrel saddle. So I bought the same brand, same measurements, brand new, but she hates it! She kept flinging her head to my feet and I knew something was hurting her, but I was with a group, so I waited... Shouldnt have waited! She tucked her butt all of a sudden her eyes showed white and she went full force gallop so fast that I didnt emergency stop correctly or too fast (I don't think I pulled her head all the way it. But she did a sharp turn and then a spin and I hit the dirt and was knocked unconscious.... I am scared of putting her in another one on her, lol.. We don't have any professional saddle fitters or local tack shops around here either....

Wish the english had a horn though.... Still would need to order everything online bc there is no market for it around here apparentl bc no one carries English....
     
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    09-27-2012, 03:06 PM
  #12
Foal
CWD is a saddle resale store that sells great saddles for cheap!! I got a tad coffin from there for only 1500 n it is like brand new!!
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    09-27-2012, 06:10 PM
  #13
Foal
The Berney Bros saddle is the most comfortable saddle I have ever seen so far. And its not for tooo much money... I would get that one if I would choose.
     
    09-27-2012, 06:29 PM
  #14
Foal
I have a Bates Elevation H, and I love the changeable gullet system and cair panels. I've owned everything from an Arabian to a Belgian and I was able to fit all of them. I also have a Wintec that I love for the same reasons.
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    09-27-2012, 11:50 PM
  #15
Foal
Thank you so much for your help everyone!! It is so amazing to be able to ask a question and receive so much help. Right now I am in between the BB and a new collegiate finalist saddle. I've heard that the collegiates run wide so if I got a medium tree it would most likely fit the horses that I will be riding. Any thoughts?
     
    09-28-2012, 12:53 AM
  #16
Green Broke
I wouldn't buy a new saddle until you own your own horse or are at least leasing a single horse long-term. A saddle's value seems to drop by half the moment it leaves the store!

You're not going to find a saddle that will fit every horse, though the newest Wintecs that have both the interchangeable gullets and Easy Change Riser System offer a lot of flexibility.
     
    09-28-2012, 09:38 AM
  #17
Showing
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Originally Posted by laurachristine    
I've heard that the collegiates run wide so if I got a medium tree it would most likely fit the horses that I will be riding. Any thoughts?
I had medium A/P collegiate (got it new from Dover) that was surprisingly good fit for both my horses (yes it was on wider side, because my MT is wide). However I still think I was just very lucky with the fit.
     
    09-28-2012, 11:42 AM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Wheatermay    
My mare is so picky with saddles! I have only put two on her that she is ok with! And one I didnt own! The first on was my friends,, and she wouldnt sell it to me, lol...The first I bought she she didnt much like! The second she bucked me off! And huffed anytime she saw it after, I put it on her again, and her eyes were showing whites and I could just tell it was hurting her. The third she liked, but I want a barrel saddle. So I bought the same brand, same measurements, brand new, but she hates it! She kept flinging her head to my feet and I knew something was hurting her, but I was with a group, so I waited... Shouldnt have waited! She tucked her butt all of a sudden her eyes showed white and she went full force gallop so fast that I didnt emergency stop correctly or too fast (I don't think I pulled her head all the way it. But she did a sharp turn and then a spin and I hit the dirt and was knocked unconscious.... I am scared of putting her in another one on her, lol.. We don't have any professional saddle fitters or local tack shops around here either....

Wish the english had a horn though.... Still would need to order everything online bc there is no market for it around here apparentl bc no one carries English....
I'm jumping a bit off subject here, but I hate for people to get unhorsed.

Obviously there's nothing worse than a saddle that doesn't fit the horse (especially from the horse's perspective ) and it's understandable that they'll react to it. From the horse perspective the Western is among the better or worse saddles, because if it fits correctly it's one of the best for weight distribution, but for the same reason if it doesn't fit properly it can have more area that's hurting.
The "English" saddles (even though the English had nothing to do with the developement or initial use of them, but did develop the Univeral Pattern which is a superior saddle) can be a bit more forgiving in general. Especially with the models that now allow for various gullet widths, but are still bad about creating sore backs if used for many continuous hours over many days.
But I digress, since I wanted to give you a solution to the issue of your horse throwing you. Don't go for a horn (it provides more illusion than real assistance in keeping you on). I've found that a well made, proper fitting stock saddle works great. It's what I use when training a new horse and to date I've never had one successfully dismount me from a stock saddle (I've been unhorsed from all other types over the years). Even from a running stop with head down and rear end coming up (so hard it's moved the saddle forward) the thighs still stop when they hit the poleys. Hard turns pull the outside side thigh into the poley. If they rear up...well, you just have to know how to stay on then , but you can put a strap to grab across the pommel. While I'm unlikely to give up my Troopers for distance riding I'll always use a stock saddle for training. Especially if I'm working with a horse that's learned it can throw people when it wants to.
     
    10-09-2012, 01:45 PM
  #19
Foal
Well, my trainer basically said that the collegiate I ordered wasn't good enough, even though it was in my low price range and had great leather quality and was a reputable brand. They basically told me it was crap. And I already fell in love with that saddle. So I decided that I just can't afford my dreams right now and I'm going to wait until I can afford a horse when I'm older, and can buy a saddle to fit him. I guess I just can't ride horses unless I'm rich.
     

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