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    08-19-2012, 01:22 PM
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Thanks, I've already tried every catalog known to man. I've even looked at treeless, which is not recommended for heavier riders. I don't mind paying for a higher-end saddle, because you normally get what you pay for!
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If you call Schneider's and talk to them, or call Uncle Bob's Tack Shop, and talk to him, he works with the saddle makers and can get them made for you in the size/tree you need. Those sizes are never listed in the catalogues. If you don't mind paying for really good quality, call Dale Chavez and have him custom make one for your husband. I will never ride in any other maker's saddle now that I have my Chavez. But it won't be cheap.

Uncle Bob's Tack Mobile Tack Store Phone: 515-991-6278. I cannot say enough nice things about Bob Whitlatch and how helpful he is. He literally drove up to a horse show to deliver a slinky I needed and couldn't find elsewhere and he didn't charge me a dime over the normal price. LOVE Uncle Bob! Call him before Schneider's, he works with them at big horse shows so he's probably the best contact you can have for them & his own shop.

Custom Western Show Tack, Saddles, Silver Halters and Awards - Dale Chavez Saddles Dale Chavez is a wonderful, nice gentleman. He also makes the most comfortable saddles I've ever ridden in and I wanted one for years. Now that I have it, they can bury it with me when I die, I love it so much.
     
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    08-19-2012, 01:23 PM
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Bummer!
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    08-19-2012, 01:25 PM
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Teskeys usually has a lot of semi- and regular bar saddles.....and they usually have a decent selection of used saddles. Teskey's Saddle Shop: Saddles, Tack and Western Wear
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    08-19-2012, 01:28 PM
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And they only have used up to 17 1/2" seats right now.....I should have looked before I posted.
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    08-19-2012, 01:29 PM
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Teskeys usually has a lot of semi- and regular bar saddles.....and they usually have a decent selection of used saddles. Teskey's Saddle Shop: Saddles, Tack and Western Wear
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Thanks, I'll definitely call Uncle Bob! Thank you so much!
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    08-19-2012, 01:45 PM
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And they only have used up to 17 1/2" seats right now.....I should have looked before I posted.
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It's okay, I appreciate your help anyway! I just sent an email to Circle Y, hopefully they'll be able to find something for us. Fingers and hooves crossed!
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    08-19-2012, 05:58 PM
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Subbing! As I'm having the same issue!
     
    08-20-2012, 10:31 AM
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Subbing! As I'm having the same issue!

I just got an email back from Savvy Sport Saddlery about Bob Marshall saddles, saying they have quite a few heavier riders that are very happy with them. Not sure if I want to go the treeless route, that's a whole 'nuther can of worms for another thread. :) Still waiting to hear back from Circle Y, I think that's our best option even though they only go up to 18 1/2".
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    08-20-2012, 10:54 AM
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The Buffalo Saddle are made in Kanpur India, read the review on them at horsetackreview.com I would not use one on my Horse

One of the problems with a 19" seat is the bars of the tree would be 23" long, not too many Horses can tolerate that length of a bar, its puts too much pressure on the last rib.

18" seats are a little more common (but stay away from the imports), look for one made on an A-Fork or Wade Frame, they allow more room in front near the pommel the way they is designed.


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    08-20-2012, 11:05 AM
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The Buffalo Saddle are made in Kanpur India, read the review on them at horsetackreview.com I would not use one on my Horse

One of the problems with a 19" seat is the bars of the tree would be 23" long, not too many Horses can tolerate that length of a bar, its puts too much pressure on the last rib.

18" seats are a little more common (but stay away from the imports), look for one made on an A-Fork or Wade Frame, they allow more room in front near the pommel the way they is designed.


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Wow, what great information. I had no idea about that tree length! My hubby has got to lose weight, that's for sure. I try to stay away from anything made in India, and do my best to find USA-made only.
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