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    05-30-2009, 07:55 PM
saddle for young quarterhorse?

Hi, I just bought a 4 yr old quarterhorse gelding. He has a very short back and withers seem not too high or low. I am curious to what brand and model saddles you all use that fit your qh. The 3 that I have tried seems to dig into his shoulders behind the withers. Very little room between withers and pommel of saddle.

I was told by a couple people at my boarding stable to just use a built up pad, but I really want to find a saddle that "fits" him well with no special pads. Can anyone tell me what the problem might be. I tried the saddle from my privious Arab on him which is narrower an it was the worst fitting of the 3.

The guy I bought him from uses a simco saddle and says it fit him and all his other quarter horses. Thanks in advance!
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    05-30-2009, 11:23 PM
Green Broke
I agree with you, it's better to get a saddle that fits rather then just building it up with pads.

Is there a tack shop with demo saddles you can try on? Or better yet, a saddler who can come out and evaluate your horse's back? My opinion is that saddles are like breeches. Different sizes/models fit body types differently and it's difficult to get suggestions on a forum. MUCH easier (and effective) to just do it in person with some wise council if it's at all possible.
    05-31-2009, 12:41 AM
Do you not have a saddle fitter who could come out and check your guy?

As he is short coupled you will have to make sure the back of the saddle does not go over his last rib. I had this problem with my horse as he is also short in the back and round with it and it wasn't easy to get a saddle to fit both him and me but with a good saddle fitter we got there.
    05-31-2009, 07:10 AM
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We have three QH's an 6 other various Horse.

Our Little Guy, 14-2 uses a Reg QH tree, he is 5 now.

I suspect the Simco you mentioned was a Semi-Qh Tree, many are as standard, a semi-QH tree will pinch for sure.

The other Saddles sound like they are Full QH, they would be wider and sit down on the withers, also the bars are longer, which cause the skirts to be longer, neither works well for little guys.

I say little guy, because our other guys are 15-2 and 15-3

    05-31-2009, 07:19 AM
I agree with others that you may want to either just try a bunch of saddles or have a saddler take a look. My experience has been that it's impossible to just go by the horse's size/build/etc. Our 14.3hh, 5yr old Paint mare (still growing) is also short backed, but a 15in full QH saddle fits her very well.
    05-31-2009, 07:27 AM
One thing to keep in mind before buying a saddle just for him is his current condition and age. If he will be putting on some weight and muscle, then the perfect saddle now may not fit him in a year.

A buildup pad may be the solution for now but some pictures with and without his saddle would be a great help.

As for saddles, each mfg has their own idea of what a tree size should be so that FQHB for one may be QHB for another, as so forth. You don't mention anything about your horse in terms of height and weight so it's hard to give you a starting point but if you have a saddle that is falling down on him, then find out what size it is and go one smaller to start. You also need to consider gullet width and height as well as bar size. (Bet you thought this was going to be easy!!!)
    05-31-2009, 08:21 AM
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Your are right Iride, I should not have insinuated that Simco or any Brand would not fit, all Brands have many Tree Sizes available

I should have said that some Models of Simco favor a semi-qh tree, which might be tight.

A four year old QH, is in that transition stage, the Saddle may be a little wide now, may or may not be too wide at 5, my guy had a growth spirt about 4.5 years old.

Garlicbunny, some pics would be helpful.

    05-31-2009, 09:13 AM
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Thank you all so very much for your advice. I will try to get pictures. Getting the pictures is easy, posting them not so easy. My guy is between 15-15.1 hands and approx.1,100 lbs. He just turned 4 on April 6th.

The saddle I used on my Arab was a Tex Tan, very long square skirt and was the tightest on him. I am just confused because the other 2 are round skirts and are not too long but they are down in front on him which makes me think they are too wide. One is leather (Rider brand) which fits me very nice (15') and the one that fits him the best of the 3 is unknown brand Western endurance with a close contact feeling to the horse. It is the one that has the most room between the pommel and the withers. It also seems to slip back some, but you can see right down his back. I am considering purchasing this one temporarily while looking for something that fits him much better.

Thanks again!

So maybe he is in between stage...

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