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    05-13-2012, 05:55 PM
  #11
Showing
A saddle that lifts up an inch is not really a problem. What brand and how thick is your pad?

The other consideration in saddle fit is the angle of the bars, not just the gullet.
     
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    05-13-2012, 05:55 PM
  #12
Weanling
Just saw the above post. His front cinch is located at the line closest to the horn. It came with a leather for the rear since- not removable, but I've never used a rear since and didn't think it was needed for trail riding.
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    05-13-2012, 05:56 PM
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Weanling
Not sure what brand it is- think it said Circle P or something (not a Circle Y though). The pad was very thin as I wanted to get a good feel of how it fit him.
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    05-13-2012, 05:59 PM
  #14
Weanling
Oh, and I measured the gullet, as well as the angle on the tree- and it matched the sizes off my BO's saddle.
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    05-13-2012, 06:07 PM
  #15
Trained
How does it ride? If the horse is comfortable and the sweat marks even, I wouldn't worry. The rear won't lift when YOUR rear is there...
     
    05-13-2012, 06:12 PM
  #16
Weanling
Lol. That's true. My large rear will certainly keep the back down. Its very comfy and secure to ride, and Flash seems to like it. I just want to make sure I'm not missing something in the fit that will cause problems down the road. I worry too much about him sometimes.
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    05-13-2012, 06:13 PM
  #17
Weanling
I just noticed that I said since instead of cinch. Lol. Its been a long day.
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    05-13-2012, 06:43 PM
  #18
Green Broke
The tree may have too much rock in it. It will cause a saddle to look lifted in the back. But without pics its hard to say.
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    05-14-2012, 05:59 AM
  #19
Showing
For normal trail riding, the rear cinch isn't necessary. Many horses have never used one so be careful if you use yours and try your horse in a round pen or lunge line at all gaits before climbing on board.

I would also go to a thicker pad if you are going to do a lot of trail riding. My saddle was custom made and fits my horse wonderfully but I still use a 1", 5 Star pad. I primarily trail ride and we go out for a few hours on a lot of diverse trails.

Circle P is a rather low end saddle that is sold quite a bit on line or through many of the mail order stores. It isn't a saddle that I would put a great deal of time on. If you are going to be riding regularly for a few hours, there are better saddles. It isn't one of the worse - such as the starter saddles off ebay - but it isn't a great deal better.
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    05-14-2012, 11:49 AM
  #20
Weanling
I don't ride that often\ for that long. Maybe three hours a week total. I'll have some pictures by tonight. I'll also try a thicker pad to see if that helps.
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