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    06-02-2012, 07:28 PM
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Weanling
Exclamation Struggling to find a well-fitting saddle...help?

I found this on ebay.
I was wondering what you guys thought of it. I read on here that 7/8 rigging was good for gaited horses. It would also need to fit Smoke's high withers and I was hoping you could tell me if this would work.

If not, can you give me specific examples of what WILL work for a high withered horse? Someone said a barrel front saddle, but what does that mean? How do I know a saddle has that just by looking at it? I'd like to be able to weed out ones I know won't work rather than waste my time looking at them.

I've been focusing mostly on ropers, because I know they have higher horns. I was hoping that meant the gullets were deeper too.

Anyway, critique please.
WESTERN BLACK ENDURANCE HAND STAMPED 16" SADDLE(WID15GUS6WD146) | eBay
Thanks!

Oh, I guess I should add that I have a price range, and I can't get any custom made gaited saddles. So... Please don't suggest those. :p
     
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    06-02-2012, 08:24 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Get the height of the pomel from the inside. That's what you need to be high, it has nothing to do with the horn. Measure your current saddle then add how much higher you would like it to be and search endlessly for one.

Shopping for saddles sucks. I finally found one that clears my mares withers. But I'm English and I'm not sure about wintecs endurance saddles. Might be worth looking into.
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    06-02-2012, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by arrowsaway    
I found this on ebay.
I was wondering what you guys thought of it. I read on here that 7/8 rigging was good for gaited horses. It would also need to fit Smoke's high withers and I was hoping you could tell me if this would work.

If not, can you give me specific examples of what WILL work for a high withered horse? Someone said a barrel front saddle, but what does that mean? How do I know a saddle has that just by looking at it? I'd like to be able to weed out ones I know won't work rather than waste my time looking at them.

I've been focusing mostly on ropers, because I know they have higher horns. I was hoping that meant the gullets were deeper too.

Anyway, critique please.
WESTERN BLACK ENDURANCE HAND STAMPED 16" SADDLE(WID15GUS6WD146) | eBay
Thanks!

Oh, I guess I should add that I have a price range, and I can't get any custom made gaited saddles. So... Please don't suggest those. :p
An A-Fork or Wade front end generally has more wither clearance that a barrel or trails front end (pommel)

7/8 rigging is standard for most saddles, 3/4 rigging is very popular with gaited and endurance riders, the saddle you pictured uses a dual rigging which allows for Full, 7/8 or 3/4 rigging.

The Saddle pictured is an import from India, noticed the ad "
hollow fiber glass tree" at least they were honest enough to tell you
..... stay away from those ebay junk saddle, if you have a 300. To 600.00, look for a used American Made brand


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    06-02-2012, 09:12 PM
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Weanling
Don't buy the imported saddles on ebay, they look plastic in their pictures, think like this wow that sure is a shiney saddle, you get all that for that great of a price. I bought two saddles off ebay I looked for brands that were american made and typed in used and the brand name. Both the saddles I bought I contacted the owners for more in depth pics, which they very generously sent me and when my saddles arrived they were exactly what was described to me.

I have a Big Horn Enduance saddle that a friend of mine whose horse is high withered and sway backed tried on her horse and it fit great. Mine has centerfire rigging and semi quarter horse bars. Its leather and synthetic. I bought a second one that was a different color as well.

Good luck
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    06-03-2012, 02:01 AM
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Weanling
Thanks for all the great tips! I thought my brain was going to explode with all the saddles I had to sift through. I found a few wade fronts, tell me which you think is the best? :)



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WESTERN NATURAL ROPER WADE BUCKAROO HAND CARVED 16" SADDLE (WRP216GUS6WD141) | eBay
     
    06-03-2012, 07:35 AM
  #6
Showing
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Arrow,

Can you post a pic of your Horse?

And what is the Breed, Age and Height in Hands of your Horse?

What is you budget?

I will help you find a Saddle

Basically any New Saddle that is all Leather and under 600.00 is a piece of JUNK. There are some American brands in the 500.00 range, but on the lower end of quality but will outlast those Imports 10 times.

Every one of those you found on Ebay is Junk.

If you budget is under 500.00, used will be the only way to go.

I do not sell anything myself in the 500.00 to 600.00 range, but will be glad to help you find something that is worthy of putting on a Horse :)

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    06-03-2012, 11:17 AM
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Showing
Pic 1,3 and 4 are junk. #2 is notorious for pinching the horse. Be careful with selecting a Wade style as the gullets are often shallow fitting low withered horses.
     
    06-03-2012, 11:25 AM
  #8
Showing
I just checked ebay. Type in Buford saddle. This is of decent quality and American made. I wouldn't hesitate to own one.
     
    06-03-2012, 01:44 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA    
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Arrow,

Can you post a pic of your Horse?

And what is the Breed, Age and Height in Hands of your Horse?

What is you budget?

I will help you find a Saddle

Basically any New Saddle that is all Leather and under 600.00 is a piece of JUNK. There are some American brands in the 500.00 range, but on the lower end of quality but will outlast those Imports 10 times.

Every one of those you found on Ebay is Junk.

If you budget is under 500.00, used will be the only way to go.

I do not sell anything myself in the 500.00 to 600.00 range, but will be glad to help you find something that is worthy of putting on a Horse :)

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Southern- Thanks for your help in advance!

Smoke is a 14 year old Walking Horse gelding. It's been a struggle to get weight on him, and he's finally gaining. The picture I'm attaching was taken about a month and a half ago, and he's gained nearly 50 lbs since then. He's at about 1000-1050 right now, and I want at least 100 more on him. He's 16-16.1hh, with shark fins for withers. -.- lol
I am indeed on a budget, so used saddles don't bother me one bit. I don't really care for synthetics. I prefer all leather, and preferably something with a seat-pad or felt, I feel that's a bit more secure for trail riding. But I suppose beggars can't be choosers, eh?

EDIT: it'd be helpful if I attached a photo, wouldn't it? Lol
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    06-03-2012, 02:02 PM
  #10
Showing
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Here is a 15.5 seat, less than a day to bid, at 455.00 now but may go 600.00, about max. It is worth

It say 7.5 gullet in ad, but that model is a 7", also high high wither clearance, built on the tree designed for the wider Foundation Bred Walker

You defiantly will need a built up wither pad on any saddle till he gets some weight and muscle on him

I will keep looking for more


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