Would a regular tree saddle fit my mare?

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Would a regular tree saddle fit my mare?

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    10-23-2009, 02:17 PM
Would a regular tree saddle fit my mare?

I have a Bashkir Curly X Arabian mare who I am going to be looking for a english saddle pretty soon. It would most likely be a all pupose saddle for light showing in 4-H shows and for trail riding. A semi quarter horse tree fits her really well for a western saddle, and she also uses a regular tree Aussie saddle that is pretty narrow. Do you think that she would be a regular tree in a english saddle? I don't have any pics of her right now that would be at the right angle to determine what kind of saddle would fit her, but I can get some once the weather clears up and it stops raining lol Any help would be appreciated!
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    10-24-2009, 08:42 AM
Are you getting the saddle in person or online? If your going in person I would just take a wither tracing with you to be sure.
    10-24-2009, 09:53 AM
Get a qualified saddle fitter to come fit one
    10-24-2009, 01:00 PM
I don't really have the money for a professional saddle fitter to come at the moment...most likely I would be buying online, so I would want to know for sure what my mare would be. I am GUESSING that she would be a regular tree, she is not really wide at all in the shoulder but I would for sure not just make that assumption with buying a saddle that would be needing to last me a lifetime and be comfortable for both me and my horse. Thanks for the suggestions.
    10-24-2009, 02:42 PM
Well in that case, its better to go wider than to narrow, so maybe get a medium wide? That way if it is to wide you can temporarily bulk it with pads, but its not just the gullet of the tree that needs to fit, but the whole saddle, the panel shape, the seat size. Good luck =]
    10-24-2009, 02:46 PM
Yeah, I know I am just dreaming right now of another saddle lol Plus I have to sell my one western saddle before buying another. I am going to do research for a while and find one that really fits her and one that will be kind to my wallet before buying. I don't think that I will have money for one until the spring or summer of next year.
    10-24-2009, 02:51 PM
I would get a tree less, then you don't have to worry about size. And they are dead comfy
    10-24-2009, 04:13 PM
It depends on the horse with treeless I believe, some require allot of extra padding
    10-24-2009, 05:28 PM
If I were you I would save my pennies for a saddle fitter to come out so you know what size and make will fit your horse and yourself. I've come across so many horses with back problems through badly fitted saddles.
    10-26-2009, 03:35 PM
If you use this method and either go to a tack shop or send in your measurements to a saddlery you can at least get close:

Go to the hardware store and get about 4’ of 12 or 14 gauge house wire (the kind electricians use to wire a house) and cut it in half. This was written for Western saddles but the principle is the same for English or Australian.

Take 2’ and shape it over your horse’s withers. Take the other 2’ and shape it over the center of his back.

Carefully take the wires and trace the inside of the wire on a heavy piece of cardboard (or poster board if you have it). Cut out the cardboard shapes and take them to the saddle shop to fit against some saddles.

Doing it any other way is guess work. If you can't take your horse to a tack shop, the next best thing is to take his proper measurments.


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