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  • Saddle for my warmblood mare
  • Wide tree saddle for warmbloods

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    01-27-2008, 05:36 PM

I have a warmblood cross, and I was wondering for all those who have either a warmblood or warmblood cross what size tree your saddle is. I have been looking for a saddle for SOOO long and cannot seem to find one that fits well enough. I never used to have this much trouble finding a saddle for him, but he has grown in the past two years, so my old saddle does not fit him. I am interested in getting the Bates Caprilli with changeable gullet system, but am not sure which gullet I will need to purchase. Thanks!
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    01-27-2008, 05:41 PM
Shouldn't this be in Horse Tack and Equipment?
    01-27-2008, 05:45 PM
I understand it being posted here I guess, as it is a question regarding a specific breed.. or rather a specific category of breeds...

It really really depends on the horse. I had a WB that was very TB-typey, and another WB that was as stocky as a QH, just multiplied a few times for height as well :) My (WB) gelding was a narrow tree and the other WB I mentioned was my trainer's stallion that I used to ride, and he was definitely a wide tree.
If you have a hard-to-fit horse, then definitely try the saddle out before you buy it. Do you have pictures of your horse that you can post to give us a better idea?
    01-27-2008, 05:54 PM
    01-27-2008, 06:20 PM
He doesn't look to be too wide, so I'd suggest trying a medium tree, and go from there?
For example, saddle A and saddle B are both medium trees, but different brands. Horse A and horse B both fit medium trees, however saddle A might fit horse A perfectly, and be completely wrong for horse B.. and vice versa... so it is a hard question!!
Another thing you might do is visit your local tack store and see if they offer a saddle-fitting program. They'll ask lots of stats about your horse, then someone will come to your barn with 5-10 different saddles that they think might work and you can try them all then and there.
    01-28-2008, 07:09 PM
I agree that it should be tack & equipment so I have moved it there.

You definitely need to try before you buy and I would start with a medium and go from there. My warmblood is 17.3h and rather wide and he has a medium tree. It isnt interchangeable but the saddle has a very wide pommel and it fits him beautifully. Different saddles have different shapes so you really need to look at them all and try them out if you can
    01-30-2008, 03:39 PM
I ride & show my trainers warmbloods, and it really just depends on the horse... some are wide & some are narrow, but more of them are wide-trees...It's not really a breed thing, more of how the horse is built..

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