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    05-12-2011, 11:38 PM
ralide flex tree?

Hi I need to buy a new saddle for my high withered horse, mine doesn't fit him. I can't afford more than 1000$ for a saddle and was checking out K&B Saddlery - Saddles & Tack Equipment Does anyone have any experience with this company ? What exactly is a ralide flex tree? It is supposed to conform to the horse for a better fit, does anyone have a saddle with this kind of a tree? Do you like it?
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    05-13-2011, 10:22 AM
Despite their claims this outfit does not make these saddles. These are cheap imports. A saddle that often works with these high-withered horses is a saddle with a barrel front and semi qh bars. A high withered horse is usually narrow whereas a very low withered horse is built like a barrel. Cheap flex trees create pressure points that can sore up a horse and he won't want to be saddled. PM me with a pic of your horse's back and I'll see what I can find to give you ideas of what to look for. Your horse needs to be standing as tho in a halter class, and not with a dropped head.
    05-13-2011, 10:25 AM
Thank you saddlebag I will get some pictures of him tomorrow and PM you
    05-13-2011, 10:39 AM
Another option for a high withered horse is an "A" fork saddle. The gullets are high enough to clear their withers comfortably.
    05-15-2011, 10:14 PM
I hauled my horse 350 miles yesterday looking for a saddle that fit him. Found one, too. I, too, have a high withered horse. He's also pretty good size at 1450# and 16.3 hh. I considered ordering a saddle from the 'net--but figured it was worth it to haul him around and actually put the saddles on him before I bought one.

I looked on CraigsList and Tack Trader for used saddles. I ended up with a good fitting saddle for half the price on the sticker (which is still on the saddle). It's slightly and lightly used. It was a very good deal and beat the prices I could have gotten on a new saddle on the 'net--even a cheap saddle on the 'net.

It cost me a full day of driving around pulling a horse trailer, a tank of fuel, and dinner out for me, my wife, and son. And was worth every bit of it.

Oh, yeah, I also had to pay for the saddle.
    05-15-2011, 10:52 PM
I am not in an area where I can just load my horse up and take him to a tack shop. We have one tack shop in my area and they have exactly 2 saddles in stock one of which is already sold. I would have to order from a catalog at the tack shop which is basically the same as ordering on line. The nearest place that I could take my horse to get a saddle tried on him is 8 hours away and across the border from canada to the United States. Not an easy thing to do.

When I look at all the companies on line that sell sadldes none of them ever say "A fork" unless I am just not looking in the right place, in fact most of the saddle descriptions never mention anything about the gullet, or if they have qh or semi qh bars. I want to buy a new saddle but I am kind of at a loss here as to what to choose.
    05-16-2011, 09:08 AM
Call Kevin at Southern Trails Western Saddles, Trail Saddles, Barrel Saddle, Ranch Saddle (he is a member here). I've gotten 2 saddles from him including my current saddle. Very knowledgeable and carries a complete line of anything you could want.
    05-16-2011, 11:41 PM
Thank you I just looked at his website and he does have some nice saddles. I will get in contact with him.

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