Fabtron Lady Flex Tree Trail Saddle FQHB : Great for short-backed/wide horses - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 7 Old 03-27-2014, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Fabtron Lady Flex Tree Trail Saddle FQHB : Great for short-backed/wide horses

15" to 17" Fabtron Saddle - Lady Flex Trail Package FQHB 7152p 7154p

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I searched a while to find the perfect saddle for my mare. She's half draft/half arab, so she has wide shoulders but a short back. Most of the skirts I saw were way too long.

Then I found the Lady Fabtron Flex Tree Trail saddle. It fits her really, really well! I use a Reinsman saddle pad underneath that the Horse Saddle Shop folks recommended (link to their shop above). Her sweat patterns are even everywhere, and her entire backbone stays fluffy and dry, so there's great clearance all the way from front to back.

It has lots of ties and rings and such for adding crupper, breast collar, saddle bags, ropes, water bottle, etc. The parts that are leather are good quality, and the parts that aren't leather are very sturdy and sewn well.

I bought the 15" seat and added a gel pad because the twist is pretty narrow and I could feel it a little too much in the booty bones. The saddle says "Lady" but it's great for guys too, or so I hear.

I bought the saddle with youth fenders instead of the adult ones (which added some time to the shipping) and I'm really glad I did. I have short legs and occasionally let my little girl up on her, so they're perfect. It's very easy to change the stirrup length and because the fenders are not leather, no need to turn them.

The only things I didn't like were (1) the nylon latigo. It constantly loosened no matter what I did, so I replaced it with a leather one and now we're good to go; and (2) lack of a flank strap, which I added later.

The breast collar that came with it wasn't that great, but it was a freebie, so I just hung it up for another horse some day.

Those who usually ride in a Western saddle probably won't care about this last point: I used to ride in an English saddle, and I have to say that riding in this saddle gives me so much more confidence when I ride. I feel like I'm really stuck in there instead of perched on top of the horse's back. I've managed no-notice/sudden direction changes, spooks, and my horse tripping in this baby with zero problems, and I'm a beginner rider. I'm really glad I bought it.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-19-2014, 11:14 PM
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Thanks for this, I'm going to be getting a new saddle hopefully this fall and was looking at this one.

Still love it?
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-20-2014, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, still love it!! Perfect sweat patterns on my horse, even as she's changed shape (due to our work and her different eating program). Highly recommended!

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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Thanks :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-22-2014, 07:47 PM
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I love dealing with Horse Saddle Shop!
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-23-2014, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, they were really helpful and friendly. Also very responsive by email when I had questions and had to change my order to add things.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-23-2014, 06:16 AM
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I like Fabtron, the people who work there and the people at Horse Saddle Shop, the people there actually own and ride Horses, unusual for many online shops


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