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post #11 of 13 Old 04-25-2012, 01:58 PM
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In all the pictures where the saddle is popping way up in the back, she had her head down eating, didn't she?

Even the best fitting saddle in the world will often pop in the back when a horse puts their head all the way down because it causes their back to flatten out.

Like others said, it's hard to judge just based on a few pictures, but it appears to me that the bar angle may still be just a bit too flat for her. In the picture without the pad, it looks like the top of the bars are fitting tighter than the bottoms of the bars. The width looks good, though.

I think your biggest problem with this saddle is the full rigging. I hate saddles with a full rigging, even though I know they have their place. I much prefer one with a 7/8 rigging. Though there are some horses that still need one that is 3/4 or so, I just use the 7/8 on everything because the 3/4 isn't safe or secure for roping.

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-25-2012, 03:14 PM
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shananigan, I am butting in here, apologies. Arab trees are designed to fit an "arab back" (small horse, flat back), so the pitch is "wider", but the saddle is relatively narrow. The skirting is generally shorter, so good for this guy. If your horse has an "arab back", an arab tree should fit very well.

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post #13 of 13 Old 04-25-2012, 03:24 PM
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a picture of the horse's bare back from several angles might help.
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