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        01-19-2009, 10:15 PM
      #1
    Foal
    I need to know if this is a good saddle?

    I don't know much about Saddles and the one I have now is only a 14" saddle and does not fit our horse well. I was looking at getting this one but was not sure if it was good or not. It is a 16 1/2 inch saddle. Not sure who it is made by.





         
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        01-19-2009, 10:17 PM
      #2
    Trained
    I ride in a 15'' saddle and I am 5'5 and about 140lbs.

    As far as fitting the saddle to your horse, check out this website:
    Western Saddle Fitting and Different Tree Sizes
         
        01-19-2009, 10:30 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Thanks for the info. The problem is the saddle that I have is old. Also it does not fit down on her enough. You can tighten it really tight. When you got to get on it moves and sometimes you can pull it over. Just does not fit well. I need one that is wider in the middle. I went to the saddle shop that was close to me and he said I had an Action saddle. He said I needed a bigger saddle and one with longer sides. I forget what you call that. Maybe the skirt or something?

    I just saw this on Craigs List and thought maybe it would work but then again I don't know.
         
        01-19-2009, 10:36 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    The pictures are at interesting angles. I'd ask for more. It looks like an ok roping saddle to me.
         
        01-19-2009, 11:07 PM
      #5
    Foal
    This is my saddle on Criagslist.

    Horse Saddle For Sale Size 14 (Need to sell)
         
        01-20-2009, 07:45 AM
      #6
    Showing
    The saddle you are looking at is an inexpensive one. That doesn't mean it isn't a good deal but that depends on how much they want.

    It is a huge leap to go from a 14" to a 16 1/2" saddle. How tall and what is the weight of the rider who will be using it? Next, on any saddle I would buy, it would be contingent on fitting not only me but especially my horse. Many, many behavior problems with horses come from ill fitting tack. If you do not know a lot about saddle fitting, have someone come over (or you go to them) and check out the fit.
         
        01-20-2009, 10:30 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    The saddle you are looking at is an inexpensive one. That doesn't mean it isn't a good deal but that depends on how much they want.

    It is a huge leap to go from a 14" to a 16 1/2" saddle. How tall and what is the weight of the rider who will be using it? Next, on any saddle I would buy, it would be contingent on fitting not only me but especially my horse. Many, many behavior problems with horses come from ill fitting tack. If you do not know a lot about saddle fitting, have someone come over (or you go to them) and check out the fit.
    As you said it is more important that the horse be comfortable and that it fit him. I totally agree. That is the main reason for getting a new saddle. If it does not fit her it will not ride right with us either. She turns saddle moves etc. I did have a guy come over that makes saddles for a living as well as being a farrier. He said the saddle needs to be a little wider and that the saddle is just to small. Another thing is I wear tennis shoes and they will not even fit in the stirrups. They have on other horses that I have used. I would take my horse places and see if the saddle fit only problem is she is barley 3 and she does not load worth crap. Gave up on that idea.

    I have a guy that is close that has a saddle shop. He has been in business for years and knows his stuff. He has some used saddles but they are a little on the high side. But it may be my only option since I need something that will fit.

    How do you know if it is a cheap saddle or cheap leather? I see this saddle and it looks cheap to me. Then I see another saddle that looks like the same leather and it is like $700 bucks.

    Once again thanks to all for the helpful info.
         
        01-20-2009, 11:16 AM
      #8
    Weanling
    You know that 14 and 16.5 is the seat size, right? This has nothing to do with the way the saddle fits on your horse. This is how it fits you. Maybe the one you have now is semi-QH bars and you need full bars?
         
        01-20-2009, 11:20 AM
      #9
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Colorado Dobes    
    You know that 14 and 16.5 is the seat size, right? This has nothing to do with the way the saddle fits on your horse. This is how it fits you. Maybe the one you have now is semi-QH bars and you need full bars?
    Yes, I do no that is the seat size. Just seems to go from what I have seen that the bigger the seat you get a bigger saddle in turn.

    Also I myself am 5 5 150. My wife is 5 7 145.
         
        01-20-2009, 11:54 AM
      #10
    Trained
    You need to measure the gullet size. I used to have a link to a great saddle fitting guide. I'll try to dig it up for you. It has a TON of info on it.

    ETA- FOUND IT! http://www.western-saddle-guide.com/saddle-fit.html

    This website has tons and tons of info on it. Surf around and read up. It will help you get a good idea of what to look for ( it has a saddle buying guide) and what parts of the saddle do what, on and on. I hope it helps and good luck.

    Saddle fitting has to be one of THE hardest parts of owning and riding horses.
         

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