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    11-11-2012, 11:31 AM
  #31
Trained
I used to have my stirrup leathers that way. Forget why I switched back...
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    11-11-2012, 11:35 AM
  #32
Yearling
Whatever suits you best is best, Personally I can't stand them, I remember as a kid never having a bit of hair on the inside of my calf muscles because it would always get ripped out or rubbed off from the leathers; that was even with jeans or moleskins on.
     
    11-11-2012, 04:32 PM
  #33
Green Broke
Seems to me a flex tree, would just simply flex to its widest setting when I sat on it. SO I put a saddle on a horse, looks like fit is perfect, Then I climb my big butt on, and now I have a wide tree saddle.
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    11-11-2012, 07:07 PM
  #34
Yearling
Wow BSMS! Your saddle is very nice, and looks comfy compared to mine LOL. I've had it for 12 years now. I don't know what it is with my mare's build, nothing I own or my husband owns will fit her, and if it does it shifts, which still means it doesn't quite fit properly. I drives me crazy, since she is 5 I would like to start under saddle work, but with nothing fitting its quite a challenge. I really appreciate your input and advice. Yours too AndrewPL! Looney's western saddle pics 001.jpg
Here she is wearing my saddle. I know it is sitting too far back, and I tried moving it forward, it doesn't work. Its just too wide for her, and makes her uncomfortable.
Thanks again!!
If you look closely, its actually tipping forward on her withers and it wasn't even that tight, I just tightened it enough to stay put.
     
    11-11-2012, 07:15 PM
  #35
Trained
Have you considered endurance models of saddles?

This is a high end (ie expensive) model: Ansur Endeavor Saddle | Ansur® Saddlery
     
    11-11-2012, 07:16 PM
  #36
Yearling
BSMS, those cactus look like they might really do some damage.
     
    11-11-2012, 07:20 PM
  #37
Trained
In the front, saddle width can mean two things - how wide it is measured with a horizontal ruler, and how flat the angle is measured from the center of the gullet to the tips of the front of the tree. My saddle is actually too wide for Mia when measured horizontally. To fill in the gap, I pad it with either a pony pad folded in half or a Wintec pad with the thick front:

Mayatex San Juan Solids Blanket Pony Size

Wintec Comfort Saddle Pad With Lift - Statelinetack.com

Both lift the front and stabilize the saddle. You could try that with your current saddle. I use a Wintec pad without any lift on my little mustang under his Abetta. For my mare, I could get my Aussie-style saddle adjusted to be narrower, but Mia has a bony top to her withers, and she seems to like having extra cushion around it. Can't promise it would work, but something to think about.
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    11-11-2012, 07:35 PM
  #38
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
Have you considered endurance models of saddles?

This is a high end (ie expensive) model: Ansur Endeavor Saddle | Ansur® Saddlery
No I haven't, i've looked into Endurance saddles a long long time ago. Never thought. Thanks DA!!
     
    11-11-2012, 07:43 PM
  #39
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms    
In the front, saddle width can mean two things - how wide it is measured with a horizontal ruler, and how flat the angle is measured from the center of the gullet to the tips of the front of the tree. My saddle is actually too wide for Mia when measured horizontally. To fill in the gap, I pad it with either a pony pad folded in half or a Wintec pad with the thick front:

Mayatex San Juan Solids Blanket Pony Size

Wintec Comfort Saddle Pad With Lift - Statelinetack.com

Both lift the front and stabilize the saddle. You could try that with your current saddle. I use a Wintec pad without any lift on my little mustang under his Abetta. For my mare, I could get my Aussie-style saddle adjusted to be narrower, but Mia has a bony top to her withers, and she seems to like having extra cushion around it. Can't promise it would work, but something to think about.
I was beginning to wonder what pad I should be looking into for under the saddle. I only have a thin one that I fold in half, and a 1in wool one. My saddle is broken in for my appy who seems to have no withers (just noticed) and he's so wide built, its like riding on a fifty five gallon drum. Thank you, I will definitely keep it in mind!!
     
    12-02-2012, 12:25 AM
  #40
Foal
Check out a Gaucho Saddle. They are treeless and have been used as a working stock saddle for hundreds of years.
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