Narrow Horse - Which Tree?

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Narrow Horse - Which Tree?

This is a discussion on Narrow Horse - Which Tree? within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category
  • Abetta gaited saddle wide tree
  • Best saddle for narrow horse

LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-01-2012, 11:11 PM
Narrow Horse - Which Tree?

I'm buying a horse, and he's pretty narrow, but he's also undermuscled (and he's not quite six, so I'm hoping he'll fill out a little more, too). A friend recommends the Abetta Endurance saddle, and it sounds good, but I'm wondering which tree to get. They don't offer a semi quarter horse tree--just standard, wide (not for me!), and gaited. It sounds like the gaited has a narrower but higher gullet, a more acute angle between the bars (the opposite of a wide tree), and is flared in the shoulder to allow the "action" of gaited horses. My future horse isn't gaited, but he's very narrow and his shoulders will likely muscle up with more work.

What do you guys think? Here are some photos of his back that the seller took for me:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg back (3).jpg (42.7 KB, 108 views)
File Type: jpg back (4).jpg (61.3 KB, 107 views)
File Type: jpg back (5).jpg (53.5 KB, 105 views)
File Type: jpg back (7).jpg (41.8 KB, 101 views)
Sponsored Links
    05-01-2012, 11:25 PM
Please help what size saddle do I need for Annabelle
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 015.jpg (76.2 KB, 99 views)
    05-02-2012, 07:19 AM
Site Sponsor

If you are referring to the Abetta 20510, it does use a 6.75" QH Bar, I believe it will be a little wide and the wrong bar angle for that Horse.

I believe the Semi-QH Tree would be better

Fabtron has one model with that size tree, but it has a horn. Bighorn and Abetta have no version that I know of.

If you want a no-horn version, it would be custom

Message me your email, I can email you a template to check the Wither size.

    05-04-2012, 06:39 PM
Yes, the Abetta Endurance saddle is appealing to me because of its price (which is appealing because the horse is likely to change shape as he gets fit, so this will be a starter saddle for both of us in many ways, and I can get a nicer one once he and I are both where we will likely stay, shape-wise) and because it doesn't have a horn. It also sounds like Abettas get good reviews for the price.

I'm hoping to order a saddle before getting him (next weekend, the 12th), though I will, of course, buy from a place with a good return policy and return it if it doesn't fit. (I don't have a whole lot of retailers where I live, mostly consignment shops where they don't have consistent stock, so you can't try various tree sizes in the same model saddle.) So tracing his withers won't be possible if I want to order it before getting him--he's a six hour drive away. Do you think the Abetta Endurance with the Gaited tree would work for him?
    05-04-2012, 07:33 PM
Site Sponsor

The Abetta Gaited Saddle shows a 6.75" Gullet also, but according the Specs I have from Abetta and also from Ralide, the Tree has a 7" Gullet, which is way too wide.

It is possible Abbeta has changed the Tree in the last 2 years and Ralide makes a new Tree not in their Catalog, but that is a lot of coincidences in the two years since I was a dealer for them, but anything could have happened... Make sure you have a dealer with a liberal restocking policy.

I no longer sell Abetta or I would work with you on a try out.

    05-04-2012, 07:36 PM
Site Sponsor
Country Women, from the one Pic I would say definitely a Semi-QH Tree, but would like a different view :)

    05-06-2012, 09:01 AM
Invite your friends to bring their saddles and have a "saddle fitting " party. Whichever one fits the best, that's what your look for. And of course, hope their saddles don't all have the same tree.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
trail riding on a narrow backed horse Diegosmom Trail Riding 9 03-16-2012 06:30 PM
unbalanced on narrow horse? Rachel1786 English Riding 3 08-28-2011 08:30 PM
Brand of western saddle for narrow horse littrella Horse Tack and Equipment 6 08-02-2011 12:55 AM
High Withers, Narrow horse = Frusturation Fifty Horse Tack and Equipment 29 08-18-2010 12:41 AM
Looking/wanted: 27cm narrow tree chelssss(: Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 03-28-2009 03:43 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:19 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0