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post #11 of 14 Old 01-20-2009, 11:06 AM
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Based on your weights and heights, a 16" saddle is fine - 16 1/2" is OK. The 14" saddle, as you describe the way it fits your horse and the way your stirrups fit you, sounds like a child's pony saddle and totally inappropriate for an adult and a horse.

A good quality saddle will have supple leather, not leather that is stiff and feels like cardboard. The tree will be wood and rawhide covered (although some good saddles are fiberglass covered - not made of fiberglass, just covered with it). There are a few other giveaways such as poor tooling, a rear cinch that attachs the way the one you were considering does, the strings that are used.

One of the best ways to know a good saddle if you are just leaning is to stay with a name brand. Circle Y, TexTan, as examples. A really nice saddle that is really under priced for the quality is Dakota.

Rule of thumb is, if you can't tell who makes the saddle, stay away from it. There are way too many saddles out there that are made in Asia or Mexico and should be avoided.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-20-2009, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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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! Saddle Fit: A Guide to a Happy Horse and Rider

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.
That was a great website. I spent about 30 min on it. Learned a lot.

Here is the horse I am trying to get a saddle for.
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-20-2009, 11:36 PM
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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.
The seat size (14, 15, 16) fits YOU. It has nothing to do with the horse.

The bar type (Full QH or Semi QH bars) and gullet width is what fits your horse. If your saddle is too narrow, then you likely need a saddle with QH or Full QH bars. You'll need to try some on to find just the right fit.

Also, don't buy a saddle unless you know it's a good brand name (retails for $700 or more in stores for a NEW LEATHER saddle).
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-21-2009, 10:22 AM
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What are you planning to do with your new saddle? Do you show, trail ride, rope, endurance? As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for". It will be pretty hard to find a sure enough good saddle for a low price (less than 500) and with used, sometimes you can never tell what you will get unless you see it firsthand and try it out. I would suggest that you have that saddle maker come out and fit your horse and you and just get an estimate. I think it is better to spend a little more on a saddle that will last 30 years than a little less on one that you will have to replace in 5. Just a guess from the picture but I would say that she should probably need regular QH bars and either a 15 1/2" or a 16" should fit you and your wife well.

This is a site that I have ordered from in the past and the saddle that I currently use is the Simco Navajo Roper saddle that I got from them. They have good quality tack at reasonable prices. They also have a pretty good selection.
Western Saddles: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com

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