I rode in the Arabian tree today, not a long ride, just a "hop on to feel it" ride around the pasture and Lacey didn't object at all.
She seemed to be moving freer than she does in the FQHB too so I guess that's a good indicator! I'm going to take it for a "real" ride tomorrow and hopefully get her sweating, then we'll see for sure.
Weird story, when I bought the "FQHB" one, I was told it was FQHB and when I got it, I tried searching for its number (101) and came up with nothing. Well, I just happened to search it again and lo-and-behold, it's actually just QHB. That kinda explains some of it!
Annanoel, I actually "made" that latigo myself!
I bought some 2 inch wide nylon webbing from one of those bulk dealers, cut it into 8 ft lengths, made and sealed the correct holes, got some of those leather "tie" thingys, and voila!
My only complaint is that the nylon is a little thin, thickness-wise, for long term use. I can see that it's probably going to fray through with enough use. :/ Next time I'll have to find something a little thicker. Otherwise, it's great!
PintoTess, they're both cordura (synthetic) western saddles. Maybe the round skirt is throwing you off? I think that round skirted saddles look super weird when you're used to seeing square skirts... :)
Lockwood, I did feel A LOT of difference between the saddles. It was really strange how different they feel! lol With the "FQHB" (which I now know is QBH) one, I feel like I'm sitting on top of her and like she's super wide. With the Arabian tree, I felt a lot closer to her back and like she was less wide than she actually is! lol
So far, I like riding in the Arabian tree one much more than the "FQHB" one.