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post #11 of 33 Old 07-23-2012, 03:27 PM
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An A/P? Okay, thanks. :) I really didn't have any idea what to look for tbh. Lol.
A/P = English All Purpose. Some are quite deep and comfortable (I used to trail ride in Collegiate A/P for several years as well as took some jumping lessons in it). Those with more straight flaps are "dressagy" type and not good for jumping, but those with the more forward flaps are good for low-level jumping (I'd say under 3 feet, but others may disagree).

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post #12 of 33 Old 07-23-2012, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking on Craiglist now for some, but so far nothing looks like it'd sit on my paint, who I'm sure will require something with FQH width

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I'm looking on Craiglist now for some, but so far nothing looks like it'd sit on my paint, who I'm sure will require something with FQH width
Lol! There is no FQH in english saddles. If your paint is really wide look for "wide" saddle or saddles designed towards wide horses (like I have Thornhill dressage that is designed for wider horses). Do you have any consignment stores in area? The safest would be to borrow several saddles and look how they fit your paint.

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Lol! There is no FQH in english saddles. If your paint is really wide look for "wide" saddle or saddles designed towards wide horses (like I have Thornhill dressage that is designed for wider horses). Do you have any consignment stores in area? The safest would be to borrow several saddles and look how they fit your paint.
I figured they weren't called FQH, that's why I said something. xP I don't know of any consignment stores. Really, there's only a (western) tack store and several custom saddles makers that mostly do western. I did find one guy who did English, but he never called back. Probably out of my ability to afford it anyway.

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post #15 of 33 Old 07-24-2012, 02:16 PM
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Well do you know exactly what you need? What are all the measurements? That will make looking on ebay and craigslist much easier. If you know the measurements and can make sure the seller has the correct measurements (I get pics of them measuring) you can usually safely buy on ebay. Much more choices and the prices are good.

I would never spend 1k on a saddle but you have to know what you need and look for it. Seriously I asked everyone I knew if they had heard of saddles for sale.
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Stoddard, another way to go is to do the tracings and contact place like Trumbull Mountain or Classic Saddlery to ask for their recommendations (and I've seen saddles in your range at least in Classic Saddlery).

This is how you take tracings: Tracings/Templates

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Hey, think a treeless saddle would be worth the money saved? I think I found a pretty legit site for a company who specially makes them. It'll cost a lot, but if you guys think it's worth trying, I'll shoot for one of their cheaper ones.

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Ouch, that just looks cheap!

Get a used saddle. But know what is good and what isn't, know what brands are the best, know your saddles.

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I have an 18" Thorowgood saddle. It's an all-purpose english saddle. $200 shipped! But the gullet is 7". Would that even fit your horse?


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I have an 18" Thorowgood saddle. It's an all-purpose english saddle. $200 shipped! But the gullet is 7". Would that even fit your horse?
I may. My mom is bringing a saddle she's borrowing from a friend to see if it's what my horse needs. My saddle's gullet is just under 7 inches. 6.5" actually. I knew there had to be a reason it was hard for me to see the pinching until it was brought up to me. (Also... Now that my stupid self knows where to measure the gullet...)

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