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    10-30-2007, 01:17 PM
He-he... Good point! In fact he tried to sell me english with motivation it'll fit and it's great on trail. I do have english wintec and it's great in ring, but I don't consider english being very convenient on trail (I know number of people won't agree, but it's just my opinion).
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    10-31-2007, 12:37 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Appy, what saddle do you use? Yeh, looks like your horse withers are even higher... :)

I did find a store in PA, which has number of saddles plus they do custom. I may drive there on Fri and see what they have. Can't take horse there (it's 60 miles drive - too long), but will take pics and all measurements I can. They also said they exchange - refund if saddle doesn't fit. Looks like nice place to go...
Uhm, I dunno.. It's a longhorn I think.. Hasn't a name on it tho. Lemme find a pic of it on him. K, here's one.. Pay no attention to that child. Lol Oh, that is a built up pad that I don't use anymore. Shoot.. I forgot that part. He didn't need it, I needed to put saddle a lil farther back. :) That is great news on that store in PA.. And exchanges are always great. Maybe they will even have some used ones. Gotta love those already broke in saddles. :)
    10-31-2007, 08:08 AM
Thanks, Appy! From what I see on pic the saddle sits really good on your horse. Well, I called PA store. They have respected brands there such as circle y, tucker, etc. so will see... :) At least they have no Abettas (looks like EVERY single store in my neighborhood carries mostly abettas and try to sell it to me hard despite the fact i'm saying it doesn't fit both my horses :/ )
    10-31-2007, 08:17 AM
Before you go shopping take a piece of wire and form it to your horses back were the pommel of the saddle sits. Then put it on a piece of paper and trace it. Cut out the shape and take it with you to the store.
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    10-31-2007, 12:59 PM
Yes, that's exactly what I going to do tonight. :)
    10-31-2007, 01:26 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val
BTW, I posted the question because the guy in local tack store told me it's IMPOSSIBLE to fit high withers horse with western...
I think they guy who told you that is mistaken.
In my experience, I've found that there's two kinds of Western saddles.......
There's some that are made for selling.
There's some that are made for using.
Maybe your guy don't know the difference ?

To my way of thinking, when you find the right saddle-dealer you'll know it imeadiately because the guy will be just as concerned about your horse as he is about you. Maybe moreso.
I've also learned to be very cautious about buying pretty saddles out of a catalog. .

Having said that......

The best saddle that I've ever owned is an old 'Ranch King' which was made by the Tanner Leather Co., of Dallas Texas, some 50+ years ago.
That particular model is made from buffalo hide, has solid-brass D-rings, real sheep padding and a rawhide-reinforced oak tree that is made for high withers. I got it second-hand from a friend who's father owned it since new and I used it for 12 years on a TB which had withers about-like the photo which Appyt posted. Since that time, it's been used on ther horses which were built simular...and without a single problem.
One of the drawbacks these old-type saddles have is that they are quite heavy by modern standards and are often difficult for a youngster(or weaker adult) to handle. The horses that I used it on liked it a lot. I like it a lot. My 95-pound wife hates it. .

What I'm trying to say here is.......
Don't neglect looking over the used saddle rack while shopping around. There's a lot of good used saddles that gets traded-in, simply because they are no longer trendy.
You might find just the right thing and save some money to boot.

Good luck in your search.
    10-31-2007, 03:17 PM
Thanks, DGW! I agree it's better to buy good used one than crappy new one. Buying from catalogs is a real pain: did buy other stuff and in many cases they were much worse quality than they looked at pic. :(
    10-31-2007, 05:48 PM
I found that an "A" fork saddle has a nice high gullet and fits a wide range of horses. I also use a gel/felt contoured saddle pad under it (about 3/4" thick) as I've found that it conforms nicely to both my walking horse cross and my QH
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    06-26-2013, 01:57 AM
I have the same problem

My horse has the same problem. She's a saddlebred and she has a long neck, long legs, average back and super high/narrow withers.

I've tried an aussie saddle but her withers get smashed in the gullet area ( under the pommel/swell. I have to use a booster pad to raise it up but I don't want to do that.. I want a saddle that FITS.

I recently tried an 18" western saddle on her. It was a beautiful saddle, affordable and it fit ME but sadly it didn't fit her. Couldn't get a finger under the gullet...withers were too high and saddle was too wide.

I love my baby girl and I want to ride... but it's on hiatus until I can find the right saddle that I can afford and fits properly.

Kind of hard to do when I don't have my horse with me to model the saddles at stores or at people's homes ( if they are selling their tack).

Going to measure the gullet width in the shoulder/back area of my aussie saddle and use that to help me when looking at saddles. Hey it's worth a shot.

I might also get lucky and have people willing to let me try before I buy but that's pretty rare around here unless you know a lot of people, which I don't.
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    06-26-2013, 02:46 AM
Vidaloco, that is an excellent suggestion. I'm going to do it! I will use measurements and cut-outs. ANYTHING to help make this work. If i'm...mentally picturing this correctly, it will help with height but not with width?

So I would make a second measurement for that and trace it etc.

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