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post #1 of 11 Old 03-09-2011, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle suggestion for my fiance?!

I'd really like to find something that my fiance is comfortable enough to sit in and walk around on Zee. I only ride English and he can't really fit in my saddle, nor is he comfortable in it. But, I dread the idea of lifting a heavy traditional western saddle onto my 17H horse, plus Zee is a straight backed Hanoverian who is tough to fit! I don't really want to spend a ton of money, since I doubt Jason will actually get on very often and highly doubt he'll ever do much more than walk...

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-09-2011, 12:25 PM
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You might look in to a Cashel Softsaddle. They are a slightly more secure bareback pad with stirrups and a more traditional girth. The Large size fits most men and it is more secure feeling than a flat jumping saddle.
http://www.cashelcompany.com/products.aspx?C=3&SC=0

Another option would be an Abetta synthetic saddle. Their regular QH tree fits most horses pretty well (it's like a medium-wide to wide english saddle), they're light weight, and not expensive to buy new. They also have a Semi-QH tree, which is a bit narrower if your horse has a more TB-type build. Around $300 for a new one, 15-16" seat in the standard QH tree.
Abetta Cordura Saddle

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Thanks!!! Does anyone know anything about the Abetta flex tree? I'm wondering if that would be a good option. Zee is medium/med-wide in the front, but has a wider back, and almost totally flat from front to back. I want Zee to be comfortable in it, especially since Jason is a wee bit bigger than I am, and doesn't know how to "hold his weight" on horseback. But, like I said, I don't expect him to do anything more than walk around for 15 minutes once in a while, so the stress on Zee's back will be limited...

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post #4 of 11 Old 03-09-2011, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Like this one...

ABETTA Square Skirt Saddle with Flex Tree Trail and Pleasure Saddles Western HorseLoverZ.com

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Their standard QH tree would probably be fine on her. I am not a huge fan of the flex trees myself, but I am a heavy rider (250 lbs), so they're not a good choice for me .
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With western saddles, much of what is lacking in fit can be alleviated by a good saddle pad.

Of course, that is providing the the original fit isn't horrible . If it fits her mostly okay, then a pad will certainly help.

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From my experience flex-tree are pretty good for flat back horses (but not the best choice for high withered horses). If he's a total beginner I'd go with the Abetta personally, because Cashel is nice, but doesn't give a feeling of security .

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post #8 of 11 Old 03-09-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. He is a total beginner. I took him on a public trail ride once, and put him up on Zee bareback once or twice around the ring. He is very nervous being so high up with no security, so I'd love to have something inexpensive for him to make it a little more enjoyable! We'll definately check out the Abetta saddles. Horseloverz isn't too far from us, and I know they always have a few in the store we can look at.

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Just be careful about the other synthetics. Horseloverz carries some junky brands that look nice on the outside... I would stick with Abetta, Wintec, Big Horn, Fabrton, or Circle Y synthetics only. Avoid Weaver synthetic saddles, Trekker, King Series, Air Lite, EquiRoyal, and any others that are cheaper than Abetta or Wintec.

Abettas are low priced, but they are made in the USA on quality Ralide brand trees.
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Just be careful about the other synthetics. Horseloverz carries some junky brands that look nice on the outside... I would stick with Abetta, Wintec, Big Horn, Fabrton, or Circle Y synthetics only. Avoid Weaver synthetic saddles, Trekker, King Series, Air Lite, EquiRoyal, and any others that are cheaper than Abetta or Wintec.

Abettas are low priced, but they are made in the USA on quality Ralide brand trees.
Excellent! I know Abetta and Wintec western saddles have a pretty good rep in synthetics, but I wouldn't have a clue on the other brands! Good to know we should stay away...

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