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post #1 of 6 Old 11-06-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Need thoughts asap on a saddle for my guy!

I am looking at a western saddle that I really like for my guy. The only thing I'm worried about is the gullet size for his back. It's a Fabtron trail saddle with a 7" gullet and my guy has about an average/slightly narrow back. Currently I have an HDR with a 2.5 fit which is a regular tree and is starting to get too narrow for him since he's bulked up some. Would anyone have any advice on this? I'm so bad with saddle fitting! I am planning on investing in a good pad though if that would make any difference. Any suggestions would be great!
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Try it on and see if it fits.

Take photos and we'll give opinions.
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I am buying it from a member on here in the next few days then I can. Are there any pads that are good for if a saddle is a little wide? What I'm looking at now are the nice contoured felt pads.
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A seven inch gullet means it's likely Full QH bars, which means the angle of bars are flatter. This means that only part of the bars will be in contact with the horse (if the horse is too narrow). Putting more padding under this won't make a difference. Semi QH bars will have a steeper angle that is more likely to fit your horse. If it's just matter of width and not angle, then you can use a built up saddle pad to lift the front, or shim a saddle pad, but an ordinary pad won't do it.

You can download templates online, like on HorseSaddleShop where you print them out, cut them out, stick them together and use them to measure what bars would fit your horse. It might be a good idea to check them out.
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I'll definitely check that out, thanks!
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