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post #21 of 27 Old 06-26-2013, 08:18 AM
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All three of the following get ridden with a western saddle. Semi-QH bars. Made by McCall. I consider their withers prominent.

Pardon their condition. This was a year ago when they had just come in from winter pasture.
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post #22 of 27 Old 06-26-2013, 08:25 AM
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Here's a shot of the sorrel with the saddle on.

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post #23 of 27 Old 06-26-2013, 09:36 AM
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Mona's got high withers and a big barrel. It took me a long time to find something that fit her. I ride her in a full QH Bar Courts Saddle and a Parelli air pad. Basically, the pad is what made the difference. It's an expensive pad, but it kept me from having to buy a new saddle.
I would look for a good quality saddle with a decent if not perfect fit and then get good quality pad. The air, memory foam, and gel pads are nice because they can give a little in the right places.
Making a tracing of your horse's back helps, but I tried on every saddle I could. I would borrow my friends' saddles and put them on her just to get an idea of what works and what didn't. I found that Abettas and Wintecs are nice but the trees tend to run narrow. Gaited saddles give good shoulder clearance but run narrow also. The roping and work saddle trees run wide and tend to give good shoulder clearance.
Sorry, I don't have very good pictures of Mona.
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post #24 of 27 Old 06-26-2013, 10:20 AM
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You might consider this program:

Steele Saddle Tree LLC - Fit To The Horse

They make a lot of the trees used in western saddles, and this program would make it obvious which of their trees fits the horse the best.

"These fit forms are fiberglass moldings that duplicate precisely nine of the most widely used fits in our Equi-Fit saddle tree line. When placed on the horse's back, the fit forms literally allow the fit to be seen unobstructed by the saddle skirts, rigging and stirrup leathers. We realize that not everyone is an expert on fit, but serious fit problems are usually obvious with an unobscured view."

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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post #25 of 27 Old 06-27-2013, 02:46 AM
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I think the closest I can describe my girl is.. a giraffe. lol wish I had the right pic to show it. Look at a giraffe and that's my girl and her withers.

It's nice to know there are others out there who have horses with such giraffe like wither problems too.. it looks like she goes from hump to neck and nothing in between. Her withers are her neck almost.

She's also got that gaited build so I don't want a saddle that drapes down her front legs/shoulders and hinders her movements when she's picking her front legs up high while doing a rack. I'm thinking a treeless saddle might be a good direction to head in. Gaited saddles are a bit too expensive for me right now.

Regardless of what she looks like or how other friends tease me about her ( good naturedly).... she will always be beautiful and perfect to me.. I just have to find the right clothes for her

P.S. don't mind that wooden structure she's running alongside.. those are NOT spikes in that picture..they are T -posts waaaay far back towards the field. Nowhere near her.
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post #26 of 27 Old 06-27-2013, 03:00 AM
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So close

Like this saddle here...

Looks like there is enough room in the gullet for her withers but when you get up in the saddle... it touches and puts pressure on them. It fooled me! At first glance I thought WOW so much space! There is no way that is going to put pressure on her withers. I was wrong. So sad too because it was a beautiful saddle and i wanted it.
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post #27 of 27 Old 07-27-2013, 01:52 AM
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still trying

Well, tried a treeless saddle... didn't work.

Tried a semi qh aussie saddle... was very close to working but she'd need lots of padding.

Bought an endurance saddle... here is to hoping that fits!
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