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    04-04-2010, 12:51 AM
  #1
Foal
Help choosing a saddle!! Please help me out!

Okay, so I am looking for two new saddles for my horse. I want a barrel/trail saddle and a dark oil show saddle.

Here's the problem, my horse is an Arabian/Quarter horse, and she has the weirdest body to fit.

I currently have a Big Horn Semi-Quarter Horse saddle and it leaves dry marks when she sweats around her withers. She is a good deal about having it on her, she doesn't have an attitude, but I think that is because of her personality.

I only have a few photos, I want to upload more, but I currently don't have any other pictures. The one of her face I put up because you can see her shoulders, and the width. The second one is kind of like her conformation. Sorry for the horrible pictures.

I have been told to maybe try an Arabian tree, because the gullet seems to fit her well it just seems to rub on the shoulders.
I was also told to try a Semi-Quarter, obviously in a different brand.
I have also been told to possibly check out the flex tree saddles.

I really don't know what to do, and what direction to go and/or start.

If someone could help me out I would really appreciate it.
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    04-04-2010, 11:06 AM
  #2
Green Broke
We really need to see photos of your saddle on the horse, no saddle pad, lightly cinched. Take a side shot just like the one above, and take a 3/4 front ange, showing the WHOLE shoulder, withers to elbow. Close up shots are not helpful.

Also, be sure you're not putting the saddle too far forward. The saddle should fit the horse's back, NOT the horse's shoulders. The tree and saddle should give enough room for the horse's shoulder to rotate under the saddle, but the tree should be placed behind the shoulders. You want the front concho to be about 1-2" behind the back edge of the horse's shoulder blades. The front of the skirts should be just touching the shoulder, not overlapping it much.
     
    04-06-2010, 02:37 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Lexalina    
Okay, so I am looking for two new saddles for my horse. I want a barrel/trail saddle and a dark oil show saddle.

Here's the problem, my horse is an Arabian/Quarter horse, and she has the weirdest body to fit.

Choosing a saddle is very hard with so many makes and designs on the market and if you cannot try it on your horse you have to have a calculated guess.

For a little bit of information on choosing a saddle have a look at the Cultured Cowboy site for some tips Choosing Saddles

Hope you get a good one.
     
    04-12-2010, 03:43 PM
  #4
Foal
Cultured cowboy

DO NOT ORDER FROM CULTURED COWBOY !!!!

REPEAT, DO NOT ORDER FROM THE CULTURED COWBOY !!!

The Cultured Cowboy is owned by Charles W. Taylor, Jr.

The Cultured Cowboy, Charles W. Taylor, Jr., and the Walking T Stables have had several Federal and State Tax Liens against them along with several lawsuits filed by Abiline Boot Co., Inc. And Georgia Boot, LLC for debt collections and contract dipsutes.

CULTURED COWBOY has very poor customer service that will promise one thing and do another and blame the customer -- that's YOU! If anything goes wrong with an order from CULTURED COWBOY its your (the customer's) fault according to the owner, James W. Taylor!

I found myself on the "I can't believe this is happening" end of a telephone conversation with two customer service reps.

JODI & CRYSTAL, both employees of CULTURED COWBOY, are not only rude but blasphemous! Not only did they lie to me, they did not accept responsibility for that which they did or did not do that should have or should not have been, over charged me and blamed me for their inability to properly handle an order and have possibly violated credit fraud. FTC will determine the later.
     
    05-02-2010, 05:14 PM
  #5
Foal
Alright, so no Cowboy Cultured.
What is another good site?
I just came back from college so I will get some pictures up of the saddle on her asap.
I really appreciate all the input you all give me.
Thanks for looking for at this post.
     
    05-02-2010, 07:45 PM
  #6
Foal
HorseSaddleShop seems to have a lot of information on saddle fitting. They also have some downloadable templates for fitting a saddle. If you purchase from any company online, just make sure you know that site's rules for returns if the saddle does not fit.
     
    05-06-2010, 10:44 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DaraT    
HorseSaddleShop seems to have a lot of information on saddle fitting. They also have some downloadable templates for fitting a saddle. If you purchase from any company online, just make sure you know that site's rules for returns if the saddle does not fit.
I agree, horsesaddleshop.com has great info for fitting hard to fit horses. I would recomend looking at their info if you havne't yet.
     
    05-06-2010, 11:02 AM
  #8
mls
Trained
Seabiscuit - I trust you have documentation to link to in order to back up your claims?
     
    05-06-2010, 12:33 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Kevin at Southern Trails has some very nice American made saddles for almost any budget. He can custom build a saddle to suit your horse's shape/size and your preferences. He's great with saddle fitting too.
Western Saddles, Trail Saddles, Barrel Saddle, Ranch Saddle

If you're on a serious budget, then I'd look at a used Abetta synthetic. They're USA made on quality trees. They're not always pretty, but they get the job done, fit most horses well, and are safe. Their standard QH tree fits most horses, but they do offer semi-qh tree for narrower horses or a full QH (wide) tree for really flat-backed horses.
     
    05-06-2010, 12:43 PM
  #10
Showing
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Originally Posted by mls    
Seabiscuit - I trust you have documentation to link to in order to back up your claims?
It's still very hard to get your money back from people like that. I had extremely bad experience with horselovertz.com (thank God I was not sent to the hospital when practically new tack fall apart on my greenie!). They ignored me contacting them for couple months (yes, I had all receipts). Until I posted it on rip-off and local forums. THEN they said it's too late to return money, but they'll exchange it to something else (I ended up getting couple plush toy horses).
     

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