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post #1 of 8 Old 03-08-2010, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Western Saddle Fitting

I'm getting my QH mare in three weeks and I will be looking around for a saddle when I get her. I want to get a western saddle. I've already figured out I need a 15 inch seat but I'm not so sure on the tree.

I was think Full Quarter Horse bars - but I really don't know much about the sizing at all. All I know is she is a BIG horse!! She is very chubby right now and I am going to be having her lose weight when she gets here, so that should help.

Here are some pictures of her. What would you reccomend for her? I will probably be getting a used saddle so I want to know what I need to be looking for. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-08-2010, 04:16 PM
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Definitly get the horse before you buy a saddle. There is another thread on this subject here- http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...dle-fit-45868/ I often refer to this sites saddle guides. Lots of information here- Complete guide to the american western saddle

They also sell used saddle that you might want to check out.


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post #3 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 01:38 PM
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Agreed with the above Saddle fitting can be a hassle anyday; better to get the mare home before you get anything for her. Beautiful mare, by the way

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 01:42 PM
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I was think Full Quarter Horse bars - but I really don't know much about the sizing at all. All I know is she is a BIG horse!!
Big horse does not mean full QH bars. My *tank* of a mare is "normal" per my saddle fitter. Yet my more finely built gelding needs the full bars.

As has been suggested - please wait to get the mare.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thank-you so much for all the advice! I will definatly wait to get a saddle! In fact I'm thinking of riding her bareback for a while and getting her into shape before getting a saddle.
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Riding bareback is sometimes the best solution It would be good for both of you. Post when you get a saddle!

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-11-2010, 05:17 PM
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I agree, good advice!
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-11-2010, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thats true - bareback riding will be very good. I need to learn better balance so this will be good practice. I'll certainly post when I get a saddle!
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