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    05-03-2012, 11:06 PM
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Which saddle do YOU think fits her better? FQHB vs Arabian tree...

I found a cordura Bighorn, Arabian tree, for practically a song and since I've always wanted to try an arab tree on Lacey, I bought it..

I think I might just resell it though because to my eye it doesn't look like it fits Lacey great through her back - it appeared like it's going to bridge with weight in the saddle, at the very least.

Anyhooo, I took fitting pictures of both saddles so see which one you guys like better. I'm going to sell one, just need to decide which one.

Also, if anybody wants to suggest a price I should list the one I sell at, I'd be happy to hear it!

Side note: I don't do much riding in a western saddle. I prefer my Aussie. I just like to have a western saddle to mix it up, for me and for Lacey. My western saddle gets ridden in probably once every 2+ weeks for maybe 45 minutes.
Neither of these saddles are 'perfect' on her but I haven't found a saddle that's 'perfect' for her yet. The closest we've come is her Aussie and even that has some issues. I'm just wanting the lesser of two evils, the one that won't do damage.



This is the original BH saddle, FQHB.
I dislike how the FQHB-ness of this saddle is very snug on the top of her shoulder but then gets very open. Her shoulder angle is steeper than FQHB, but width-wise, her shoulders are wider than SQB like the Arab tree has...
I use a thin pad with this saddle, 1/2 inches, and her sweat pattern is pretty even. The sweat is lighter right behind her shoulders but everywhere else, it's perfect.













Here's the Arabian tree:













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    05-03-2012, 11:39 PM
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First impression:

The Arabian tree is a much better fit. The angle of the tree bars follows the shoulder well and is wide enough at the top. Keep it, sell the other.
     
    05-04-2012, 12:22 AM
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Really?
That was my first feeling as well but the way it sat on her back just stuck me as funky. It followed the curve of her back well and I love how it follows her shoulders, but there seemed to be so much space down the gullet between it and her back. It was very confusing.

I'll try riding in it on Saturday, or tomorrow, maybe that will shed some light one way or another for me...hopefully!
     
    05-04-2012, 12:58 AM
  #4
Trained
Just eyeballing it, I like the Arabian one better. However, the proof is in the pudding, as they used to say in Yorkshire. Try riding it and see how she behaves and how the sweat pattern looks.
     
    05-04-2012, 02:32 AM
  #5
Yearling
I think the Arabian fits better as well! Love the latigo too, where did you find a color like that? (:
     
    05-04-2012, 02:49 AM
  #6
Trained
I quiet like the Arabians fir better than the first... :)
Just a question...What type of saddles are they? Over here they look like a fender or a halfbreed saddle but the way that the back of it sits on her looks a tad weird...A fender would sit flat across her back and wouldnt have the ridge in it... But the saddle also doesnt look western...
Just curious as to what you would call it? :)
     
    05-04-2012, 08:11 AM
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I agree with the others. Based on the pics the Arabian tree looks like it follows the slope better. In the fourth and fifth pic of the FQHB it seems to fit the top of the shoulder and slope fine, then angles out a little bit too wide as it goes down. The Arabian one seems to follow the angle all the way down.
I get that from the rear pics too. The Arab one seems to follow her back shape, but it might be helpful to have someone check that area while you are in the saddle.
See what you mean about the clearance too, quite different between the saddles.
Feel (hers and yours) would probably be the best determining factor.

Curious to know if as the rider, do you feel a significant difference between the two, especially from the gullet clearance?
     
    05-04-2012, 07:23 PM
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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.
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    05-04-2012, 11:04 PM
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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.
How interesting! Based on the pics I thought perhaps the Arabian bar saddle would fell more like you were perched on her, but instead it sounds like it gave you a closer contact feel.
Would love to hear more after the next ride.
(I'm considering Arabian bars for my gaited, mutton wither, hard to fit, Mr shortie back, guy)
     
    05-04-2012, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
How interesting! Based on the pics I thought perhaps the Arabian bar saddle would fell more like you were perched on her, but instead it sounds like it gave you a closer contact feel.
Would love to hear more after the next ride.
(I'm considering Arabian bars for my gaited, mutton wither, hard to fit, Mr shortie back, guy)

This may be because the part of the tree that is shaped for the human (not the part that is shaped to fit the horse's back) has a narrow twist. This can often help a person feel closer to the hrose and make a wide horse feel less wide. I dearl love a narrow twisted saddle, which is why I love the Passier saddles. If you ever get to try one, do. The older Passiers are super close contact.
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