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        01-21-2010, 10:28 AM
    Welcome!!!!! I have a 1/2 Bel. 1/2 Per. So if you have any questions just feel free to ask as well :)
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        01-21-2010, 11:50 AM
    Thanks for all the advise. I e-mailed my ex about fitment of her old saddle but I'm not expecting anything in reply. I'm going to ride to the saddle shop today to look around and talk to someone up there. I ride western BTW. I'm thinking I might go to a few tack auctions and find something used, that way if it doesn't fit right I should be able to get my money back out of it. The closest tack shop is about an hour or so away, I don't really want to haul her that far if I can help it. My truck gets about 5 MPG with the trailer and doesn't have much life left to be honest. I was going to look at the abetta synthetic tack while I'm up there, it seems like it requires less care, is cheaper, and should last just as long if not longer. My neighbor has a pile of headstalls he said I could dig through and find something already set up with hackamores on them. I might try a bit while I'm there to see how she takes to it. I don't know her history before the last few years, she might do well with one.
        01-21-2010, 06:47 PM
    Alright went and looked around and checked out some prices. The lady that workes there came up with a good idea, she said to bend a wire around where the front of the saddle will sit and bring it in, that will help. Probably beginning of next week I'll head in with that and go from there. She said also if I buy something and it doesn't fit I can bring it back and try another one, so no worries there.
        01-21-2010, 07:29 PM
    I used a piece of wire to get the basic shape, then traced it onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out. That's a lot easier to take to the store and keep in shape than a wire. Just FYI
    Do just behind the shoulder where the saddle will sit in the front and one across the middle where your butt will sit.

    Here's a site that has some templates if you're interested
    That site also has some great saddle fitting examples and other great info.
        01-24-2010, 03:15 AM
    Alright got everything. Met up with a friend of a friend that came out with a van load of stuff. She sold me a saddle that fits perfect for $75. It's a synthetic Weaver, seems to be good quality and like new condition. She's letting me borrow a lot of her stuff, she has a friend a few hours away selling stuff and when she comes in town I'll pick up the rest of it then. I don't have a camera, I'll try to get pics when I can. Took her for a ride today for the first time in about a month, I forgot how good she is. Acted like a perfect lady. Ended up putting a bit in her because that's all we had, she must have worn one with a previous owner. Never complained once and acted just as good, so I'm going to go with it.
        01-24-2010, 04:24 PM
    Great to hear! Its so much better when you can get a deal on your tack.
    I started out with a synthetic saddle. I would still have it if it had fit one of my girls.
    Between weather and the flu, its been about 3 weeks since we have ridden. My mare is like yours, she's a sweety whether its been a day or a month since she has been ridden.

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