Standardbred Saddle Fit
I am currently trying to find a western saddle for my standardbred gelding. While not one of the traditional gaited breeds that "gaited" saddles are designed for, I have noticed that my gelding as well as many standardbreds I have met, have trouble with saddle fit because of the short, flat back.
Depending on the style and build of a saddle, I have had a couple of semi-quarter saddles fit just fine. I am looking for advice on saddle makers that might offer a saddle to fit us both.
One particular saddle I have been interested in is CTK Saddlery and Sycamore Creek Saddlery. And while I would love a Tucker, Dixieland or Crestridge, I am not that ridiculously, disgusting wealthy that a person needs to be to afford those brands(yes, even used).
I am looking to spend under $700, and preferably closer to $500. While I know that the ideal situation would be to find a used saddle, used saddles are both few and far between and rarely the fit that I need for my oddly shaped gelding. I will continue to search for a used saddle, but in the mean time I am looking for advice on saddle makers that sell new saddles in my price range.
I am not remotely concerned about things like silver or tooling. I trail ride recreationaly so looks don't matter, just comfort for me and my horses. I'm totally open to a cordura saddle, but I want the seat to be leather. I prefer the way a leather seat wears, cordura skirt and fenders are a-okay. I am also not going to buy a name brand just for the name brand. Let's face it, there are several of those popular brands out there that sell for much more than a saddle of comparable quality handmade by some guy you haven't heard of.
I am also not super concerned about buying a lifetime saddle. I am not expecting to pay this kind of money for a saddle and have it hold up for decades. What I want is a saddle that will hold together for the next 5-10 years, by which time maybe I will have saved enough to put a down payment on a Tucker.
The basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
He's of the color of the nutmeg and of the heart of the ginger.
His neigh is like the bidding of a monarch,
And his countenance enforces homage.
- William Shakespeare