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    06-27-2014, 09:54 AM
Green Broke
Western Saddles

I have a dilemma, I'm a size 14 and do best in a 17" saddle, but my arab is short backed.
What kind of saddle would be a good choice for us.
My saddle fitter is good, but she is pretty blunt.
She likes flex trees, I do not, she thinks that I need more 'skirt area' to disperse weight better, etc. Honestly she is making me feel bad about the whole situation, but my current saddle just doesn't fit either of us anymore (we both lost weight!)
I was looking at these two saddles:
Tucker Saddles - Trail saddles and Bridle Supplies.
Circle Y High Horse El Campo Gaited Saddle - Statelinetack.com
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    06-27-2014, 10:10 AM

Size of Skirts has absolutely nothing to do with dispersing weight!

As far as what Saddle is good for you, both of those are decent, personal preference

Bighorn make a better Saddle in that price range, IMO

    06-27-2014, 10:12 AM
The leather of the saddle does NOTHING to disperse weight. That is all done with the tree of the saddle, as that is the weight bearing part of the saddle.

So if that is what your saddle fitter has told you ........ then you need to find a different saddle fitter because she doesn't know squat.
    06-27-2014, 10:24 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by SouthernTrails    

Size of Skirts has absolutely nothing to do with dispersing weight!

As far as what Saddle is good for you, both of those are decent, personal preference

Bighorn make a better Saddle in that price range, IMO

Is it leather or synthetic? :)
    06-27-2014, 10:28 AM
Originally Posted by spookychick13    
Is it leather or synthetic? :)
Bighorn make a wide variety of Part Synthetic/Part Leather Models in the 700.00 range

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    06-27-2014, 11:24 AM
^^^ that, and also affordable all leather saddles
    06-27-2014, 11:29 AM
Big Horn Flex Tree Butterfly Skirt Saddles

    06-27-2014, 12:06 PM
Green Broke
I have a big horn leather endurance, which I love on my arab, but its more in the $1200 range.

The problem your going to find is a 17" saddle on a short backed horse. I'm around a size 14 pant size, but in a 16" saddle(which I find works well), but I think that pretty much maxes out the western seat size I can put on my arab.

what about an aussie? No skirts to rub a short backed horses hip, so you could go up to 17" no problem.
    06-27-2014, 12:13 PM
Kind of makes me wonder how knowledgeable this saddle fitter IS. Skirt does not carry weight. If theres a lot of weight on the skirt, it's a bad saddle fit.

And, size 14 is my DREAM size!

Oh,. And by 17 " saddle, you meant a 17" ENGLISH saddle, right? Which is a 15" western saddle.
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    06-27-2014, 12:22 PM
Something to think about is that shorter isn't better with a western saddle. Almost all western saddle tree extend out on the loin. As long as they don't gouge into the horse at either end, that is OK.

A longer tree helps distribute weight over a larger area. Both my 15.2 purebred Arabian and our 3/4 Arabian "Appy" can handle a saddle that is 26.5 inches long with a rounded skirt. The larger horse could probably handle an even longer saddle, but both of my good western saddles are just under 27". They are both 16" saddles.

This is the smaller horse (14.3) without a saddle. His back is fairly short:

Both the white spots at his withers and the spur scars came with him, thanks to some idiot in Colorado. This was about a month after he arrived.

Here is my daughter using a Circle Y Mojave, 16" seat, 26.5" total length on him. My daughter's riding style drives me nuts, but Trooper worships her so it can't be all bad. The saddle pad is 30" long. Both horses have used that combo many times, and neither has ever seemed bothered by it.

I'd plan on getting a rounded skirt, and worry more about finding one the right width and with a curve that matches the horse than how long the saddle is. Good luck!

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