So a friend of mine offered me an English Cutback saddle at a really good price, I've never ridden in this saddle and truly have no idea whether it will even fit a TWH or if it did if it would fit the one I purchase. Of course at the price it's hard to turn down if just to have for future horses. The thing is it was used for Arabian Saddleseat. Are these made that much differently then the ones often used on gaited horses? I want to show open English classes(where of course she probably wouldn't have a chance due to no gaited classes, lol I keep saying she) I have never seen a cutback before as far as I know. Anyway if any of you have any advice or info on these saddles please let me know. I want to make an informed choice on whether to buy or if I buy be upset that it doesn't work well with gaited horses. Again my next horse will be my first gaited horse. :D Was gonna get her in May but looks like July dang there is that her again. Guess I'm getting a mare lol
I wouldn't buy a saddle for a future horse you might get. Wait till you get the horse, then try the saddle on AMD make sure it fits. If you really want it now, pics and a price will help hf folk help you determine if its a good buy or not
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Ain't that the truth. In the last 9 months I've bought 7 saddles alone, and that's not counting the other tack. I have sold 4 of them though, so now I am down to three with the one I bought today. Buying horse crap can get additcting. :) but def post pics here. Even at 70$, it may not be worth it, on the other hand, you could end up with a steal.
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Do your research, if it truly is a really good price then buy it. If it doesn't fit your horse you can always resell the saddle and not be out anything, might even make a few bucks.
I do know she paid over 50.00 for the girth alone. I checked her facebook pics but no picture of the saddle
She could pay you to take the Cutback and it's not worth "a Tinker's Dam" if it ends up not fitting the future horse.
I would wait unless, you're like me and like to buy saddles almost as much as I used to like buying hooker heels:shock::-P
I always rode bareback but always had saddles for when riding friends would come to visit.
I have a custom made Ortho-Flex for my 16.1H long & lanky fella. I am second owner on it but the horse it was made for was built exactly like my Guy and the saddle ended up being a perfect fit.
I have a Buena Vista Plantation saddle for the 14.3H fella in my avatar. I always used it in parades. I like it because it is light weight.
There is nothing on this green earth, that is factory made, that fits my 15.3H built-like-a-QH-huge-barreled TWH. If he were still ridable, I would be getting him a custom saddle on a Draft Horse Tree.
See why it's best to wait? -lollollol
Just an FYI, what also oftentimes happens, is that a saddle is custom-made, the horse goes out on the trail consistently, it muscles way up and pretty soon the saddle doesn't fit anymore.
That happened to my friend's Rocky. She bought a custom-made Steele saddle a few years back. She is my age and is still hard trail riding like we did when we were young. She's from Western PA but rides outside almost every day, regardless of weather.
Point being her Rocky is now so well muscled and his shape has changed as he's gotten older (I think he was six when she bought him), the Steele doesn't fit him properly anymore.
I know you're anxious but it really is best to wait:D
Saddleseat saddles aren't really in demand unless you're showing in those types of classes. They're really flat. Can you ride in a saddle like that?
A cutback isn't the name, it's just the type. It means you have anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of space 'cut back' from the front of the saddle. So if you have a 20" with a 2.5" cutback, the seat size translates to a 17.5"
My very first saddle was a saddleseat. I showed in it of course, and then rode many a trail mile in it. I finally sold it to someone who wanted to show saddleseat, as it really was too flat for the type of terrain I was riding.
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