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    11-27-2009, 08:06 PM
Western Saddle- first time buyer

I am thinking about starting my weanling western in the future (like 2-3 years.) I am trying to learn a little bit more about western saddles. I know different styles use different saddles (trail, roping, reining ect.) I am not sure what I want. If I compete it would just be local shows, probably WP. I am hoping to find a saddle to find my mare 14.3 about 1000lbs (medium english tree) she's not very wide, but she's not narrow either. I am hoping this saddle can also fit my qh cross when he grows up. I have a feeling he's going to have simmilar structure to my mare. I fit a 16.5-17.5 english saddle. I know you can get a pony saddle, full bars or quarter bars (i think that's right.) But I don't know how the bars work, or how their sizing works. (Im assuming the bars form the channel of the saddle?)

My equestion is what kinds of saddles should I look for. Any suggestions? Ill probably end up taking some saddles on trial from the local tack store, to get her size right. Im not looking for a very expensive or showy saddle. Just something to do local shows in.
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    11-27-2009, 09:19 PM
In the western world, a 15 inch saddle is a 16 inch in english. So you will probably want a 15 to 16 inch saddle. Look a full quarter horse bar tree, and your going to want a pleasure saddle. Teskeys sells beautiful saddles with silver for a decent price
    11-27-2009, 10:38 PM
Full bars would be like what in english, medium, wm?
    12-14-2009, 11:47 PM
Originally Posted by Kansasbarrelracer    
in the western world, a 15 inch saddle is a 16 inch in english.

Actually its two inches bigger, so a 15 inch western would be a 17 inch english :)
    12-15-2009, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
full bars would be like what in english, medium, wm?
Tough Question

As you know a medium in an English Saddle can fit very different between Brands.

But for an overall rough correlation: A Medium English would be a Semi-QH Bar in a Western and a Wide English would be Full QH Bars in Western.

    12-15-2009, 07:46 AM
Sillybunny, there is a great tack shop in Buckingham - Bucks County Saddle on York Road. They are pretty knowledgeable (at least they were when I frequented the place) and you should be able to try a used saddle. If you can take your horse that would be perfect.
    12-15-2009, 09:32 AM
^^ I hate Bucks County Saddlery, but I go there to look at saddles alot. They are pretty knowledgable but over priced. I might check out KT saddlery instead. Its pretty new. I usually look at what they have and then order it online lol.
    12-15-2009, 09:50 AM
WOW! It's been nearly 10 years since I've been there so I guess things have changed. Try Lazy K in Flemmington, NJ. 908-782-2293. Again it's been 10 years.
    12-16-2009, 12:35 AM
Green Broke
You'll need a 15-16" western saddle, likely on Semi-QH bars, or maybe QH bars.

For the type of saddle, I'd get a standard trail or pleasure saddle that you can add silver too, or an older used show saddle. There are lots of "vintage" nice looking saddles out there for sale.

You should make an effort to support your local tack shops when you can. If you don't, they may not be there the next time you want to browse around...
    12-16-2009, 09:22 AM
You should make an effort to support your local tack shops when you can. If you don't, they may not be there the next time you want to browse around...
I support the ones that arent over priced. They still try to sell your stuff like they're the only ones around, which was true at one time. I understand people should support local business, but local businesses should also be keeping up with the times and understand they need to stay competitive. We have about four in the area right now.

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