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post #21 of 33 Old 01-29-2011, 09:24 AM
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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.
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post #22 of 33 Old 01-29-2011, 09:34 AM
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I may be the only one, but I really love Dakota Saddles. All of them that I ride in are extremely comfy. I really like the quality, but I honestly cant say how long they hold up because I haven't owned one for longer than 7 months.

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Yes, it is actually kind of a scam. See, they call it a Big Horn...not a bighorn. Therefore, it has a big. horn. It isn't a brand name saddle. My friend got scammed into buying one (well, she is an easy mark!) and sent it back because the leather was junk.
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This place is kind of a pain to order from, but it is worth it for the prices. Welcome to our store! I ordered a Big Horn through them.
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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.

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post #26 of 33 Old 01-30-2011, 07:03 AM
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fifty my friend has a dakota saddle for a few years and it's still held out nice, of course thats without cleaning and riding, it was a gift to her and she rode in it then gave it to her dad and her dad doesn't ride anymore so it has;t been ridden in but it also hasn't been cleaned in years and it's still holding up nicely, my only complaint. is that saddle is HEAVY


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fifty my friend has a dakota saddle for a few years and it's still held out nice, of course thats without cleaning and riding, it was a gift to her and she rode in it then gave it to her dad and her dad doesn't ride anymore so it has;t been ridden in but it also hasn't been cleaned in years and it's still holding up nicely, my only complaint. is that saddle is HEAVY
Mine is really light, but mines a barrel saddle. but hey, heavy means quality right? :)

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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.
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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.
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Most Bighorns come in SQHB but it is a smooch bigger than 6". Mine measures almost 6 3/4" which makes it *almost* FQHB. So far, the only horse I have had trouble fitting it on has been Rosie (perch cross) but honestly, a 10" draft gullet is snug on her.

My saddle has a nice high gullet so sharkfinny withers aren't a problem.
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Most Bighorns come in SQHB but it is a smooch bigger than 6". Mine measures almost 6 3/4" which makes it *almost* FQHB. So far, the only horse I have had trouble fitting it on has been Rosie (perch cross) but honestly, a 10" draft gullet is snug on her.

My saddle has a nice high gullet so sharkfinny withers aren't a problem.
I picked up a Big Horn with FQHB's last month. It was model number 504. I love it!

By they way, my perch cross is named Rosie as well! :)
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