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post #1 of 4 Old 04-17-2013, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle questions, questions, questions...Help!

I need LOT'S of advice! Haha

I'm getting a horse within the next month (it's a rescue staying for additional month for time with the trainer so I do have access to ride/test saddles).

Anyways, the horse will be mine primarily but my daughter will also spend quite a bit of time riding.

I am 5'8" 130 and my daughter is 5' and about 80ish (growing an inch a week it seems!) and nine years old, so lots of growing in the horizon. We both have only ridden western. The horse will be for trail riding/pleasure for the most part. Though, competitive trail riding has gotten my interest.

The horse is a TB with super high withers and pretty round being an ex broodmare. We are definitely looking for budget friendly that will last.

Should we or can we get a saddle we can share OR
Should I get her a cheap Abetta type saddle and me a slightly better used? OR
Both inexpensive Abettas? Or something else entirely?

Can anyone give me more info on endurance saddles? They just look comfortable to me...never sat in one and know they aren't really applicable to the type of riding I will be doing. Just a girly reaction of Oooo, it looks pretty :P
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-17-2013, 06:37 PM
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If money is tight, yes you can both use the same saddle, although her seat size will probably be smaller than yours. Whatever saddle you get, make sure it fits the horse first, if you have no experience fitting a saddle, you will need a saddle fitter, it will end up saving you money in the long run.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-18-2013, 10:16 PM
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Second the saddle fitter, believe me- less money that the damage an ill fitting saddle can cause. And no pain for the horse!
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-21-2013, 09:59 AM
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You will need a saddle with what is called a "barrel front", which has the most allowance for a high withered horse and semi qh bars. The term semi qh has replaced the old term regular tree. I am going to suggest you search for the Big Horn hybrids. They have excellent strong stirrup leathers that are a combination of nylon webbing and leather. Google horsesaddleshop and look for their free downloadable templates of the most common sizes. Transfer the one you think might work to cardboard. One half is for placing on the horse, the other half in the gullet of the saddle. I used a heavy coat hanger and matched it to the paper copy before trying to cut thick cardboard.
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