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post #11 of 14 Old 03-18-2011, 07:56 AM
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Chili, first of all, you are measuring the gullet wrong. You measure inside not outside. Secondly, between having a saddler fix what is wrong with the saddle then having them trim it back, you are going to end up having a lot more money in a saddle then it is worth and will ultimately be unsellable.

Go to this thread and make the forms that you can take with you when you look for a saddle - or you can send them to a tack shop. It is a simple way to measure your horse and make a form to try on a saddle since it is usually impractical to bring your horse with you. http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...dle-fit-45868/

(Looking at the way you have the tape measure up to the saddle, your gullet may really be ~7" not 10")

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-18-2011, 10:33 AM
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I agree, you have a 7-7.5" gullet, not a 10" one. Not even a mega wide draft horse needs a 10" gullet, unless he's too fat. Your horse doesn't look "that" wide/big. She looks like a pretty normal stocky/wide stock horse, which should fit fine in most Full QH Bar saddles, that are truely Full QH Bar. The saddle you have there is a true Full QH bar.

I used to ride a big Percheron gelding in HS. He fit perfect in an older 1986 built Circle Y trail saddle with full QH bars.
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I will remeasure it without the blanket, inside the fleece. I know it measures more than 7-7.5" because it is wayyyy bigger (more splayed out) than the other saddle I have and it measures right at 7".

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-18-2011, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Chele11 View Post
I will remeasure it without the blanket, inside the fleece. I know it measures more than 7-7.5" because it is wayyyy bigger (more splayed out) than the other saddle I have and it measures right at 7".
The angle of the bars is definitely "flat", which you need with a wide/flat backed horse. That is the angle of the underside of the tree, how it flares out to the sides. A true Full QH Bar saddle will have a wide/flat angle. Most FQHB saddles will measure 7-7.5" wide at the level of the conchos. That width works fine for most stocky/wide horses. It's the angle of the bars that needs to match the angle of the horse, just behind the shoulder blades. Some FQHB saddles end up having a steeper angle, which doesn't work for a horse with big shoulders or a wide rib cage. Unfortunately, not all FQHB saddles are the same width or angle. It varries from manufacturer to manufacturer, and tree sizes can even change from saddles made in the 80s, 90s, or 00s.
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