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    07-22-2011, 02:47 PM
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Yearling
One saddle for two very different horses?

I recently fell in love with a beautiful Billy Cook saddle that has FQHB's. I'm pretty sure it will be fine for my percheron cross, as she is built more like a stocky QH than a percheron, but I'm a little worried about my arab cross. She's pretty petite right now at only 14.1hh but she has a ton of filling out to do. The owner of the saddle shop said it would probably be fine if I padded my arab with a thicker pad. This is a man I trust, as he is very well known in the area, but then again he has never actually seen my horses, only going off of what I describe to him.

I can only afford one saddle like this, and would much rather be able to ride both of my horses in it, or else I would have to buy two cheaper saddles. The fit of this saddle for me is unbelievable, and I'm just stressing myself out over buying a saddle I love, only to have to return it.

So I guess I'm asking for others experience with FQHB saddles and the type of horses they will fit.

I can post pictures of my horses as soon as I find ones that show their sizes best.
     
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    07-22-2011, 02:59 PM
  #2
Foal
I would not worry about the width of your arab (most arabs have flat backs and can be ridden in quarter bars) but is her back long or short? I would make sure the saddle was short enough for her
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    07-22-2011, 03:02 PM
  #3
Yearling
These are the best I could find. There's a couple of them standing next to eachother and then a couple seperate.
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    07-22-2011, 03:09 PM
  #4
Yearling
She's being ridden in a saddle with a square skirt right now by her trainer. It's the same saddle he uses for his QH's.
     
    07-22-2011, 03:51 PM
  #5
Yearling
*bump*
     
    07-22-2011, 03:55 PM
  #6
Showing
I'm not in expert in any way, but your arab cross looks rather narrow (especially comparable to the other horse). May be with padding it'll be OK. Could you borrow similar saddle from someone to try?
     
    07-22-2011, 03:59 PM
  #7
mls
Trained
A big bodied horse does not automatically mean they need FQHB. My foundation QH mare needs a semi QH bar, however my slighter built paint needs the full.

Square or round skirt doesn't impact how the saddle bars fit. Biggest issue is where the saddle falls on the hip of the horse. The Billy Cook may be too long for the shorter backed Arab.
     
    07-22-2011, 05:08 PM
  #8
Yearling
The saddle is always returnable if it doesn't fit. The arab is an arab/paint and I'm really not sure if she has an arab back. I know she looks really narrow, but she does have a lot of filling out to do. She was just recently saddle broke and is just now being ridden consistently, not to mention the fact that she's only 3. It seems the only way to know for sure is to try it and since I havn't gotten a definate "no it wont work", I think that's what I'm going to do.

Ponyjocky, not really sure why you wouldn't touch this thread. From your avatar it looks like you are an english rider anyway, but if you have advice I would love to hear it.
     
    07-22-2011, 05:47 PM
  #9
Green Broke
There is no way to know without trying it. And even then there is no way to know without really riding it, and by then it's not returnable. But such is saddle fitting and owning horses.

I will say that the better the saddle quality-wise, the more chance you have of it being versatile. At least that's been my experience.

I have ridden saddles with FQHB on my horses and had them be too wide, but then the saddle I have now that is supposed to be FQHB and it fits BOTH of my horses, who are built very different, and I have ridden them ALOT in it. Like 5 hour trail rides with a lot of cantering and hills. So if it were going to sore one of them it should have done it (and I weigh around 200 lbs.).

One is a wide Mustang (like an old fashioned QH) and one is a Missouri Foxtrotter. While the Fox Trotter is not narrow, she is definitely not built like a QH either (gaited horses tend to have more of an "A" shape to their withers).

I guess what I am saying is, yes, there is a shot it could do a good job of fitting them both, or it may not. But you never really know until you try it. And even if it looks like a good fit, you never really know until you put some mileage on it. I have probably gone through 15 western saddles in as many years. It just always seems like I am looking for my dream saddle!

By the way, I am thinking of getting a Billy Cook too. Which model are you looking at?
     
    07-22-2011, 06:53 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
There is no way to know without trying it. And even then there is no way to know without really riding it, and by then it's not returnable. But such is saddle fitting and owning horses.

I will say that the better the saddle quality-wise, the more chance you have of it being versatile. At least that's been my experience.

I have ridden saddles with FQHB on my horses and had them be too wide, but then the saddle I have now that is supposed to be FQHB and it fits BOTH of my horses, who are built very different, and I have ridden them ALOT in it. Like 5 hour trail rides with a lot of cantering and hills. So if it were going to sore one of them it should have done it (and I weigh around 200 lbs.).

One is a wide Mustang (like an old fashioned QH) and one is a Missouri Foxtrotter. While the Fox Trotter is not narrow, she is definitely not built like a QH either (gaited horses tend to have more of an "A" shape to their withers).

I guess what I am saying is, yes, there is a shot it could do a good job of fitting them both, or it may not. But you never really know until you try it. And even if it looks like a good fit, you never really know until you put some mileage on it. I have probably gone through 15 western saddles in as many years. It just always seems like I am looking for my dream saddle!

By the way, I am thinking of getting a Billy Cook too. Which model are you looking at?

That's kinda the way I'm feeling about it now, I'm just going to have to try it. I'm picking it up in about an hour and I'm so excited. If it works, this will be my first brand new saddle.

This is the saddle I'm getting, except mine doesn't have the little holder on the back.
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