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Missy May 05-04-2013 05:46 PM

haffie saddle tree size
 
I am posting this here instead of the tack thread b/c it is breed specific, that was my reasoning, anyway.

I am wondering for all those haffie owners out there - specifically owners of the shorter more drafty build, what in general western saddle tree size do you use on your mature haffies? Custom?

I am currently using a medium county English saddle to start my 13hh haffie filly b/c it is the only thing that I have that fits her. Full qh bars and an arab tree are too wide. I can double up saddle pads, but I don't want to.

She is not fully mature, so I am guessing her back and barrel will change a bit.
Thanks.

Cat 05-04-2013 06:32 PM

It really depends on the haffie. The one I had used full QH trees. I kow some can get by with semi QH and others need even wider. I finally just went to treeless to get the best fit.

Missy May 05-04-2013 07:15 PM

Treeless might work - at least it wouldn't be as much as a "gamble" on something other than custom. I have one last saddle I haven't tried...my nice aussie stock saddle that I try to keep nice. I just cringe at the thought of her getting some part of it in her mouth. So it would not fit and get chew marks for nada.

I am "saddle poor", and for some odd reason I felt at least one of my western saddles would eventually fit her. Ugh, to have to buy a new one or stick w English just floors me!

Lockwood 05-04-2013 08:38 PM

Not sure if this would help, but in my searching to find a western saddle for Mr. Uber Short Back man, I've seen quite a few saddles listed with Haffie trees.
Some synthetic and some not.
I haven't checked into them and don't know how different they are, but I know that some gaited horses do much better in a gaited tree, while others don't.

Maybe if you find out what makes them different (I'm guessing its not just a ploy with Haffies being quite differently made) then you could apply that info towards a regular western saddle.

If you have ever considered an aussie saddle, just calling Down Under Web could get you loads of info as their customer service is great and they will answer just about any kind of question you can think of in regards to fit... no matter how many questions you may have.
(uh huh... ask me how I know)
And much of the info can translate over to western. Thay (as well as others) have some good YT videos out there on taking saddle fit measurements, which isn't hard to do at all.
Digby thinks it actually tickles a little bit, but as long as he gets a belly rub along the way... he will stand for any kind of measurements known to man. :-)

Missy May 05-04-2013 11:09 PM

Thanks lockwood, I could literally hear my wallet shrinking reading your post. :) Maybe I should just get a Cactus? Shwew! I am no not going shopping w you! :) I had a saddle custom fitted and built for my old buckskin. Lordy! I will suffer w the old county saddle before I spend that much! Maybe for Rarity. Jolene is just the red headed step child.

But, my choices seem to be limited, unless my aussie fits her. I have this weird "logic", it is a nice Australian made aussie saddle, so my brain gets into this "warp"..."wouldn't it be cheaper to get a 'new to me" used one instead of even trying my aussie on Jolene...you know, the horse that won academy awards for her equine impressions of Marley the dog?". I am not sure how spending money saves you money, but Jolene can even get your thinking jumbled!

I will see if anyone I know has semi bars to test before I spring for "special' haflinger tree, or treeless...worth a try, anyway.

I like an aussie stock saddle, but I prefer just a plain old stock saddle. But - thanks for the Down Under suggestion. I can see their associates when you made your purchase, "uh, sir, its lockwood ....a-gain". :)

Oh...and for digby, the total length of most "arab" saddles is relatively short.

Lockwood 05-04-2013 11:30 PM

LOL... yes I'm pretty sure Downunder has my number blocked now. :oops:

And, would you believe most Arab saddles are too long for the Digmeister??? :shock:
I mean who does he think he is... having less vertebra than Arabs?
The nerve!

*lockwood is still sadly westernless...as she does not fit in an itty bitty pony saddle*

Hey, what about those saddle places where you download the the bar templates and cut them out to test fit on your horse?
Although I didn't use them, I did download them. (I did the bendy noodle thing/wither impression instead.)

Missy May 05-05-2013 12:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Lockwood (Post 2429674)
LOL... yes I'm pretty sure Downunder has my number blocked now. :oops:

And, would you believe most Arab saddles are too long for the Digmeister??? :shock:
I mean who does he think he is... having less vertebrates than Arabs?
The nerve!

*lockwood is still sadly westernless...as she does not fit in an itty bitty pony saddle*

Hey, what about those saddle places where you download the the bar templates and cut them out to test fit on your horse?
Although I didn't use them, I did download them. (I did the bendy noodle thing/wither impression instead.)

haha...blocked poor lockwood.

I might very well end up on one of those "trace" the back sites, ugh....this little pony seems to cost me every time I turn around! Or else :idea: - when you see a haffie with a quilt folded multiple times in place of a saddle blanket -hill billy style...that will be us. :D

Wow, Digby must really have a short back! The saddle I had custom made is, front to back, as short as my arab saddle. It is easier to handle for a short me, and a tad lighter. Maybe you can find a short person selling an even shorter saddle. :-)

Cat 05-05-2013 11:48 AM

Do you have any tack stores in driving distance? I found a little hole-in-the wall place a little while ago that deals mostly with used saddles and consignments, and they encourage you to trailer your horse there to try the saddles on and if you can't do that they will help you pick the one they think will fit the best and then let you have 2 weeks to try it out and return it if it doesn't fit. Maybe if you ask around you will find similar in your area?

Missy May 05-05-2013 01:18 PM

That is a good idea, cat. They aren't close, but they do let you "try" the consigned saddles. They are generally heavy full bar stock saddles...I know this b/c I am one of those people that looks at everything in tack shops just to look (looking is free!). But, it would be worth letting them know what I am looking for and why (haffie pony)...and hope they don't laugh. :)


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