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post #1 of 4 Old 10-19-2009, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of saddle or pads to buy?


I am looking for advice for buying a new western saddle and/or appropriate saddle pads for my horse. He is a quarter horse cross...I'd guess a haflinger cross if I had to make a guess. He is built like a tank and has a wide back and his withers are not very high.

The saddle that I have slips sideways and I know it is not the right one for him. I just admittedly don't know what to look at to get a proper fit.

So I'm open to advice from people who know what they are talking about.

Thank you,
Tracy (& Cisco!)

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-19-2009, 12:15 PM
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I actually would consider the flex-tree. I know there are complains about tree changing with time, but I've seen them to fit those wide horses really nicely. I believe Abetta makes the one (and that's the cheapest I can think off).
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-19-2009, 03:42 PM
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You need something with a WIDE tree that sits down on his back, not perched on top. The front of the skirts should follow the line of his shoulders and barrel, at the same angle. The saddle should set level. If you run your hand under it, you should feel even pressure front to back.

With wide horses, a thin pad is often best. Something like a 1/2" or 3/4" wool felt pad. If the saddle fits well, then a thin pad will work nicely.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-19-2009, 03:43 PM
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I have an Abetta and have had good luck with it (regular tree, not flex). They make a wide tree and even a draft saddle. They're a great value for the money and fit a wide variety of horses well.
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