Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I don't think it would fit as well. I had an Abetta with FQHB. The gullet wasn't bad, but the bars went too far back on my mare's back. It was OK for walking, and not bad if posting, but she'd get pissy about a sitting trot. With a Circle Y Arabian tree, she does not. My other Arabian - an Appy who is 3/4 Arabian by breeding - has an even shorter back.
An Arabian tree should have two significant changes. The bars should be set at a flatter angle than most FQHBs, and the bars should be shorter in length. However, every manufacturer is different, and I don't know if Abetta makes both of those changes. The ad mentions tree length on the Arabian saddle, so I'd guess at least one gets changed.
For endurance riding, how the saddle fits the horse is much more important than saving $10 on the price of the saddle.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)