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        08-11-2010, 03:09 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I LOVE my synthetic bighorn saddle! And so far all the synthetic saddles I have used have always fit the horses the I use it on. So i've never had a problem of a synthetic saddle not fitting, I als get caught riding in the rain and my saddle dries quickly and doesn't need to be conditioned, when it gets dirty all it takes is a cleaner and a scrub brush and were good to go, if suddenly I get an urge to go swimming in the pond.. I don't have to take my saddle off and sit on a sweaty horse back.. I just take my saddle with me and have no second thoughts about it ruining, it's also light weight so it's easy to put on my horse and my horse never minds it, and I have used heavy leather saddles but i've just never seemed to like them, and you can't wear shorts in them as the leather will rub your legs raw, but with my synthetic I can easily wear shorts and not have to worry about the leather rubbing me.
         
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        08-11-2010, 03:24 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    You gotta love the synthetics.
    I honestly might always stick to sythetics unless there is a leather one
    That I can't live without =P


    I just got my big horn...so excited.
    I was loping around and my horse took off in a burst of energy and so I flew forward a bit and back into my seat. The seat braced my back because of the high cantle. And it's cushy so your butt won't get sore.
         
        08-11-2010, 06:09 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Im going to have a look at some synthetics... Sound quite good
         
        08-11-2010, 06:20 PM
      #14
    Started
    I had a Tex tan / big horn for years and literally cried when I sold it. They are excellent saddles and the one I had was over 30 years old and still in terrific shape! They also hold their value well. I only sold it because it doesn't fit my horse and I knew I didn't posess the self to control to keep the saddle and not ride in it. I now have a circle y which I also just love but theycan get expensive. Just look for a quality used saddle. I've had great luck with eBay.
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        08-11-2010, 06:50 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Im slightly unsure whether I need a 15" or 16" western saddle so I think 15.5" saddle will be best

    So final thing is dark brown/brown, 15.5", fqhb(7" gullet) western saddle for under 250($392) and if its from USA must be able to ship to UK for relatively cheap...

    Im thinking big horn/abetta are good Can anyone find any links to saddles that would be suitable?

    Thanks so much everyone!!! :)
         
        08-11-2010, 07:32 PM
      #16
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    im slightly unsure whether I need a 15" or 16" western saddle so I think 15.5" saddle will be best

    So final thing is dark brown/brown, 15.5", fqhb(7" gullet) western saddle for under 250($392) and if its from USA must be able to ship to UK for relatively cheap...

    Im thinking big horn/abetta are good Can anyone find any links to saddles that would be suitable?

    Thanks so much everyone!!! :)
    To be honest I NEVER heard about 15.5 or 16.5 etc. From what I've seen the western goes in 15, 16, 17, etc. unlike English saddle.
         
        08-12-2010, 05:29 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I have seen a few... Do you think it would be better to get a 16" so iv got more room as I can't try any.
    Or a 15"?

    Im a 17" in english so it seems I should have a 15" but doing the measurement thing I am a 16" and in terms of height and weight (a chart) I am a 16".
    Are western seats measured on only the seat if you get me?
    Like from the horn to the cantle or different?
         
        08-12-2010, 07:44 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Western saddles to go in half sizes, 15 1/2, 16 1/2, etc. Most people measure from the base of the horn to the cantle, some measure from the base of the pommel to the cantle, so it might be good to ask. The seat size is going to depend on the saddle and how deep the seat is on the saddle. I currently have a 15", it has a very deep seat and is very roomy. I've ridden in some 15"s that are just a bit too small for me. To give you an idea I am 5'4" and 120 pounds and have a large rear and thighs and really skinny top haha. I am most comfortable in a 17" english. A problem I have had with larger western saddles is that the fenders are too long for me and I have to punch extra holes in the top, so keep that in mind if you are shorter.

    I also see that you know you need a 7" gullet. If you are buying used, please be sure to ask where the seller measured the gullet. Alot of saddles flare out at the front and alot of people don't realize that. I bought a saddle that was supposably a 8" gullet. Yes it measured 8" across the front at the widest part of the flare, but was actually only 6 1/2" gullet measured under the pommel. So if you see the typical picture of the ruler in front of the saddle, ask for the seller to measure the gullet underneath the level of the pommel (but still level with the conchos) because you might not be getting as wide of a saddle as you think you are!
         
        08-12-2010, 09:08 AM
      #19
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    Originally Posted by SarahRicoh    
    I have seen a few... Do you think it would be better to get a 16" so iv got more room as I can't try any.
    Or a 15"?

    Im a 17" in english so it seems I should have a 15" but doing the measurement thing I am a 16" and in terms of height and weight (a chart) I am a 16".
    Are western seats measured on only the seat if you get me?
    Like from the horn to the cantle or different?
    I'd go with 16 personally. Little extra space won't harm (and you can relax more and sleep in it on long trail ride just kidding ).

    Folks, can you post a reference to any Internet store selling 15 1/2, 16 1/2, etc? I've never seen it in catalogs or any local store around. So just curious.
         
        08-12-2010, 09:23 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Here ya go Kitten Val. You are right a lot of places only sell full seat sizes, but if you look around they are out there. Smithbrothers sells 1/2 sizes for example David Motes Roping Saddle by Saddlesmith - Smith Brothers
    Teskeys Teskey's Saddle Shop: Saddles, not EVERY new saddle here comes in 1/2 sizes but the majority do.
    Valley Vet http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...b-0a491361d066
    Just a couple places, I don't feel like checking every store haha.
         

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