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        03-17-2011, 04:25 AM
    "New" Saddle...issues

    I put an ad on Craigslist looking for a saddle and someone responded. Guess I should've put one up awhile back! After numerous texts back and forth and thinking they'd given up, we bought a different saddle that we hoped would fit. It looked like it would. Either way, we couldn't pass up the deal bc of the condition of the saddle and everything it came with.

    It didn't fit. Me or her. So, when the guy finally responded to my last text about meeting up to get the saddle, I quickly agreed to pick it up at their house - although it was further than I really wanted to drive (I'm a cheapskate on gas in my behemoth of a truck!)

    I knew when I saw the gullet it would be big enough. But I didn't know until right before I walked out the door with it that it didn't have a girth, off billet or cinch strap. CRAP. I'm dead broke this week. So, it's sitting in my living room, on a barstool, waiting til Fri morning so I can run out to the Amish and get what I need for "my" saddle!

    The leather strap running between the front D ring and back D ring is about to break, so that will need to be replaced (if I use a back cinch). The buckle on the stirrup leathers needs to be replaced on one side and one conch is missing. However. It's only $150 and it fits Chili. And I was right. This one measures 9.5-10" in the gullet. I sat it on her and took some pics!!!

    If anyone has an off billet and cinch strap laying around and wants to unload it... I'm open to cheap offers!


    Don't mind the mess. We're still cleaning - hence the boards to keep Li'l Miss Nosey from gettin' in there!

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        03-17-2011, 04:26 AM
    Don't mind Chili being a mess either! I swear, if there is mud, she finds it and ROLLS in it!!!
        03-17-2011, 08:40 AM
    Green Broke
    Watch her performance in the saddle and the hair above her flank. The saddle is really too long for her back. If you scoot it forward, it will impede her shoulder. But at the right position, the back skirts are all the way to her hips. This won't bother some horses, who don't use their hind end a lot anyway, but if she has a lot of hip movement, or is sensitive, it will effect her way of going and comfort.

    I have an older latigo that needs some conditioning that I'd be willing to sell for $15, shipping included. I may have an extra off billet I could throw in for another $12 (it's new). I'll see what colors I have. I always have extras laying around .
        03-17-2011, 10:44 AM
    Luvs: I was afraid of that bc she also has a short back. ::SIGH:: If I'd known about the problems finding a good, affordable saddle for a stocky horse, I'd have gone with something different. She's what I've always wanted though, so ....
        03-17-2011, 10:57 AM
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    About the latigo and off billet: you can go to a tack store and get two latigos (I prefer nylon, less sticky when they get old and easier to undo if they get wet, nylon latigos are about $6 at my local tack store) and tie the off billet one like you would for the latigo and just leave it like that. It works great. Personally, I actually prefer it over having an off billet since there is more ajustability, and I like the symmetry of having the same thing on either side. I actually took the off billet off my saddle and replaced it with a latigo, I like it that much. Hahaha!

    She doe have a short back! O.o I agree with the points luvs2ride made, as a whole. :)

    (also, I like your signature too, Chele!)
        03-17-2011, 11:19 AM
    Ah-HAH! NOW I know what Latigo is. LMAO This learning terminology is very confusing and time consuming and I swear most people on here must hold their breath, waiting for me to totally screw up my horse bc I'm so-lacking in my knowledge!

    I'd thought of the nylon on both sides as well, Wallaby, but there are no tack shops close to me, except Amish and I doubt they have anything other than leather - but I will check. The Amish shop I went to the other day had catalog purchased items for sale (brushes, bits, halters, pads, etc). I was kinda surprised at that!
        03-17-2011, 12:03 PM
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    Haha I think it's absolutely great that you're trying to learn! I'm not waiting for you to mess up. :)

    I found this: http://www.amazon.com/Weaver-Nylon-Latigo-Holes-35-3045/dp/B004GN89QE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1300377446&sr=1-3 on Amazon, and it's $19 for two, plus like $6 of shipping which, I guess, isn't too terrible in the scheme of things...
    I hope you can find it at your tack store! :)
        03-17-2011, 01:59 PM
    I love what you placed on your posts about dreaming of ahorse until you got her. Beautiful.....
        03-17-2011, 05:25 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Chele11    
    Luvs: I was afraid of that bc she also has a short back. ::SIGH:: If I'd known about the problems finding a good, affordable saddle for a stocky horse, I'd have gone with something different. She's what I've always wanted though, so ....
    Well, if this saddle doesn't work out, save up and buy a round skirt Abetta saddle. I have one in a 17" seat and it's short enough front to back to fit all the horses I have, except the 13h pony, and I don't ride him anyway, lol. It does well on the Haflinger, and he has a typical short Haffie back. Abettas come in a QH tree that fits most horses (I have that one), or a Wide FQHB tree for the really wide/flat horses.
        03-18-2011, 01:35 AM
    JDW: Thank you.

    WALLABY: Thanks for the link. I have to go into the next bigger town tomorrow (today!) to buy a phone and plan to stop at Tractor Supply. I just hate buying new when I can buy used for so much cheaper!! Shipping right now is outrageous. I also have to go to the BIG city tomorrow so if I don't find anything today, will go there. I'm impatient.

    LUVS: If this saddle doesn't work bc of the skirt, I may ask the Amish if they can trim the skirt back - without hurting the saddle. IDK if they can but bc it's so hard to find one that fits her in the gullet, it's worth a shot instead of buying an all new one. I have talked to Horsesdaddlery.com and even they kept recommending a "wide tree" with a 7" gullet. I responded and told them she measures wider than that and a 7" will NOT work. (They keep telling me that anything wider is a special order)....

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