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EnduranceLover6 06-02-2013 04:15 PM

The Saddle Search Continues!
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Just curious to see if anyone from this group might have saddles for sale or suggestions when it comes to good trail saddles? I'm considering selling my current treeless saddle and purchasing a different one that might give my mare more spinal protection. I'm not 100% sure I want another treeless yet but whatever I decide it will need to be made for a VERY short backed horse. Any advice or suggestions are appreciated :-)

Saddlebag 06-02-2013 05:37 PM

A short backed horse may not be able to carry a saddle with a 17" seat as the bars are a little longer than the 14"-16" seat. The bars should extend past the last true rib. You'll want something with a round skirt so as not to rub the horse's hips.

EnduranceLover6 06-02-2013 06:14 PM

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Yes I am aware about proper saddle fitting and choosing a correct size. The main reason why I have trouble finding a saddle is because my mare has a very short distance from behind her shoulder blade to her last rib, so the panels must be short if I choose a treed saddle. This makes it even more difficult for me because that would mean I have to ride in a saddle too small for me, and that of course hinders her comfort as well as my own.

A treeless will most likely be my best option, but I would like one with a VPS in it for more spinal protection. The saddle I currently have is an older model without the VPS and I don't think it is lifted off her back enough, even with an equipedic saddle pad that is designed to be used with a treeless saddle.

Mainly my question is what brands of saddles are made specifically for short backed horses and can anyone give me feedback about them including experience if they've used them before. Or if anyone has a saddle that is for sale I may be interested in it. Thank you.

QOS 06-02-2013 09:40 PM

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I am selling my Allegany Renegade Endurance saddle. It does have a 17" seat with supracor so it rides more like a 16" saddle. I took pictures of it today on my husband's shortbacked Quarterhorse, Sarge. It fit Sarge perfectly. The saddle was custom made for me in July of 2012 and has 274 miles on it. The only reason I am selling it is because I have a health issue causing balance problems. This saddle sits too forward on my own horse because he has a slight roached back. I am pitching forward and since I just had back surgery - I can't afford to come off of my horse! The bay is my husband's horse, the pally is Biscuit, my horse. The saddle has 2 sets of stirrups, regular and endurance, barbed wire stamping, narrower curvy fenders. It has Horseshoe Brand stainless steel hardware. It has 2 ties on each corner for total of 8, o-rings on the pommel and two tie bars on the cantle. It is very lightweight and built on a Steele tree. If you are interested, either PM me or email me at

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EnduranceLover6 06-02-2013 10:05 PM

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Emailed you :D

phantomhorse13 06-03-2013 04:04 PM

From what I have seen, most "endurance" saddles tend to be made for shorter backed horses, as Arabs in general are shorter-backed (though my mare missed that memo!!).

Have you looked at english-type endurance saddles? I would think they potentially have the shortest base of any treed saddle.

EnduranceLover6 06-03-2013 06:17 PM

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Yes I am primarily looking at English style saddles. I have even thought about maybe trying to find a Wintec dressage saddle that has shorter panels, such as a 16-16.5" seat that would be short enough for my mare and big enough for me to squeeze my butt into :wink: lol.

What I would really like to find is another treeless, but with the VPS. I am also looking out for any Bob Marshall saddles. I had one but it was too big for me and my horse so I sold it, but I loved it. I basically open to anything as long as it works for both of us and fits in our budget.

phantomhorse13 06-03-2013 07:18 PM

I have an Aussie Wintec in my tack room that hasn't been used in forever. Not sure of the gullet or seat size though, but if you are interested I could certainly get it measured for you.

EnduranceLover6 06-03-2013 07:24 PM

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Thank you for the offer but if I do decide on Wintec it will need to have an interchangeable gullet. I will probably post my saddle on Facebook this weekend and start looking on there as well. I'm sure I'll find something :-) Thanks again for all your help!

QOS 06-03-2013 11:27 PM

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My friend Susan asked to try my saddle on her Arabian mare Sababba and her little mustang Carousel.

Sababba is about 14.3 or so and has a wide back. The saddle seemed to have fit her very well. Sue hopped up in the saddle to rode her around the yard.

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The little grey dappled mustang was next and she has kind of a funny straight back and mutton withers. The saddle didn't fit her nearly as well as on Sababba. I wouldn't have bought it for my horse had I been her owner. I think she was too wide and too straight backed for the saddle.

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