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  • Monday, October 15, 2012 Back in the Saddle

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    10-15-2012, 02:26 PM
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Might be a good time to try an english saddle unless you do something that specifically says you have to ride in a western one - I would still get a saddler to come out and fit it though.
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    10-15-2012, 03:33 PM
All we do is trail ride but I honestly have never rode in an English saddles and some of the trails we go on a saddle horn does come in handy. I only rode qhs before this mare and I only ride in simco ropers. Now I am having a hard time cause some of these gaited saddles feel extremely awkward to me. Not only that a gaited saddle sits higher up off their back which chey is not used to. She was trained in a roping saddle. Some of these saddles I can get them on her and as soon as I cinch them down she drops in her hind quarters and acts like she is fixing to sit down. Also she has seen both a chiropractor and vet and both say her back is fine. She hasn't been rode in a while due to I can't put an uncomfortable saddle on her
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    10-15-2012, 04:56 PM
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The most I've done with a western saddle is try one out for comfort - couldn't say that it was more comfortable at all - maybe less!!!
I've never gotten used to having a horn to hang onto so not something I miss - but we trail ride too, steep uphill and steep downhill and not a problem for me. A pony we had in the UK for a long time used to enjoy galloping flat out down steep banks and hills.
I guess its something you get used too
It wouldn't hurt to try a cut back english saddle - its not like you'd have to buy it if it didn't feel right
    10-15-2012, 06:04 PM
Have you thought about trying an English style Australian saddle, you can usually get them with or without a horn. My mom just ordered this one for her gelding who is difficult to fit, I helped her send in wither and back tracings and they custom adjusted it for him. She should get it this week. Down Under Master Campdraft Deluxe with Horn
    10-15-2012, 06:54 PM
Here first off are pics of the jm yancy 7 1/4" gullet past fino tree.
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    10-15-2012, 07:35 PM
This the hubbys king series 6 1/2" gullet . If I tighten this saddle down on her it pops up really bad in the back.
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    10-15-2012, 07:37 PM
I am still working on getting her back into shape and rebuilding her muscle she lost when I was pregnant. So she isn't in the best shape right now to be saddle fitting but I would like to ride some.
    10-15-2012, 09:11 PM
Do you know anyone local with an abetta? Semi-QH bar?

So far the only saddle on my twh that we have found that works even 1/2 way decent and doesn't just slide or is too wide is the basic abetta trail saddle. I tried a circle Y and a few others and nothing else seemed to fit as well.
    10-16-2012, 03:00 PM
I can't say that I have ever even seen anybody ride in an abetta or seen them in a tack shop. I don't usually look at anything synthetic.
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    10-16-2012, 03:21 PM
I would see if there is a tack shop or one on e-bay close by.

I personally like the looks of leather a lot better but the abettas are a good price and really seem to fit a wide variety of horses.

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