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post #1 of 5 Old 11-02-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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How to know what saddles will fit my horse?

Hi everyone, I'm in the market to purchase a roping saddle for my horse. I'd like to buy a used saddle so I've been looking through craigslist and consignment stores in the arena. Is there any way to get even a general idea of which saddles will fit my horse? Right now she's being ridden in a Billy Cook trail saddle with a trail rawhide covered quarter horse bar & gullet and it fits her well. Thanks!
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There are basically 3 trees used in western saddles and I won't list the exceptions. There is semi, qh and wide or full. If you take soldering wire, folded over and twisted together for strength you can make a template of the gullet area. Transfer the wire carefully to cardboard, pin (very important) in place then trace the outline. Cut this triangular piece out and that is a mock up of the underside of the billy cook. If you know for sure it is qh bars that fit, then that is what you go with. By taking the template you can double check when you look at a saddle.
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I second - or third - the measurement advice given above. If you are riding in full QH bars now, and the saddle fits well, then that is probably the size you need. If you want to experiment, see if you can borrow different saddles from friends and try them on your horse to get an idea of how they look and fit, after a few samples you'll have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't.

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
There are basically 3 trees used in western saddles and I won't list the exceptions. There is semi, qh and wide or full.
Keep in mind that these three sizes are not standardized and different companies may have different measurements for each.
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