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QH people..what brand and model saddle do you use?
On the search for a saddle that fits our wide backed and a bit downhill QH mare. Our Crates just is not fitting her properly..tad wide in front (full quarter bars) and is too narrow (lots of shifting) in the back. Have tried a Circle Y wide on her and is even wider and too long over the back. Please let me know what brand and models you use. Thanks so much!
i have 3 billy cook full quarter horse...7 inch gullet... saddles.
i use a impact gel saddle pad underneath and have never had problems with fitting my horses. i have one quarter horse, 2 paints, a curly and a curly mustang cross, all are built stocky and thick on muscle.
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I have a Simco trail saddle, it's fairly basic, and not crazy expensive. But...it's super comfortable, not too heavy (27 pounds), and fits almost every horse I've put it on. When I say every horse, I mean from a qh, to a warmblood cross, to a shire, lol. It's fqhb, and I love it.
Have you tried a flex tree? I'm not crazy about them, but they are good for hard to fit horses without getting into custom saddles.
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I would suggest getting a set of Steele Tree's Fitting Forms from one of their dealers, using these set of forms you can find the best fit for your particular hard to fit Horse.
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I have a Dakota Barrel Saddle with FQHB (7 1/2" gullet). It took me forever to find a saddle to fit my QH but this one does the trick. He has a lot of shoulder to get around and that was my main problem fitting him, so he might be built different than yours. I love Dakotas though. Great quality for an even better price! I've been looking at the roping saddle lately...so tempting :) Good luck on your saddle hunt!
Look for something with flatter bar angles. FQH are 7" whereas 6.5 might do the trick.
I have a QH mare that is very wide and a bit downhill also. I got a cheap Corriente saddle ($700) to use while I saved up for a custom saddle, but Bee and I were so happy with it that we just kept it. It is a heavy monster though. I've had it 2 years and it works well for us.
So far my Dale Chavez has fit everything I've put it on from an Arab to a QH to a Saddlebred cross.
Thank you all so much for your input, it has helped a lot or at least I hope it will! Southern Trails I had actually thought of getting a set of trees but had forgotten about it. Saddle bag, when I read your post it was like an "ah ha" moment. That makes total sense except I might wonder if the front might be too narrow?
I have written down every saddle mentioned in your posts, thank you and keep em comin...
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