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        01-29-2011, 09:24 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    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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        01-29-2011, 09:34 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    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 can't say how long they hold up because I haven't owned one for longer than 7 months.
         
        01-29-2011, 10:12 AM
      #23
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    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    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.
    Thanks Corino. I figured as much.
         
        01-29-2011, 10:19 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    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.
         
        01-29-2011, 07:55 PM
      #25
    Showing
    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.
         
        01-30-2011, 07:03 AM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Fifty my friend has a dakota saddle for a few years and it's still held out nice, of course that's 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
         
        01-30-2011, 11:21 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
    fifty my friend has a dakota saddle for a few years and it's still held out nice, of course that's 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? :)
         
        01-30-2011, 09:13 PM
      #28
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    Quote:
    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.
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    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.
         
        01-30-2011, 09:22 PM
      #29
    Banned
    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.
         
        01-30-2011, 10:47 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    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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