Originally Posted by ScharmLily
Just wondering, how will you know that the saddle will fit the horses you will be riding? I know that I have had a hard enough time fitting saddles to my 2 horses, and I just got lucky that one of my saddles fits the TB that I am leasing. I just think that it might be a waste of money if you buy the saddle before knowing at least the tree width of the horses you will be riding. Plus, there are so many other things to consider when fitting a saddle, such as the horse's length of back (mine are far too short-backed to fit in regular western saddles at all) the curvature of the back, contour of the withers, etc. I'm just thinking that it would be a huge waste of money to buy a saddle just to find out that it doesn't fit the horse.
Originally Posted by smrobs
ScharmLily, I can't say for certain about everyone else, but I ride a lot of horses and I can't afford to have one special made for each horse. Your standard, average Quarter horse will need a saddle with FQHB and a 7 inch gullet. I do keep a saddle that is wider through the gullet for those especially wide horses though. Mostly, I just use good pads to make up for what the saddle lacks in fit. So long as I keep a good eye to make sure it isn't rubbing hair anywhere or sitting on their withers, none of mine have a problem with saddle fit.
I agree with smrobs on this one. I do see your point ScharmLily, but I will be riding at least 20 horses in college alone, plus however many my instructor will end up with in the next year or so. I can't buy and saddle for every
horse I encounter. I also plan on buying a small variety of saddle pads to help out fit. Hopefully I can stop at 4 or 5.
I'm a bit of a tack junkie.