Saddle fit wide Standardbred (pics) help!
I'm having such a hard time fitting my Standardbred mare with a western trail saddle. She is round, so I'm thinking full QH bars or wide bars are what she needs. But I'm having trouble with her shoulders. I've tried a couple different saddles and everything seems to not flare enough and doesn't allow her shoulder blade to move. She doesn't have a very prominent wither, but not mutton withered either. I just started her under saddle so she doesn't have much muscle tone, and I think that's why these previous saddles had a little bridging.
I'm currently riding in a Bob Marshall treeless saddle. It fits her pretty well, but I personally don't like it.
There is only 1 tack shop close by that will allow me to bring my horse there for a fitting, and the lady keeps putting me off because she is busy... pain in my you know what!!:-x So I'm resorting to the computer to see if anyone has any suggestions!
I'm thinking of taking a wide treed gaited saddle on trial. I'm concerned because they seem to have an A-frame shape, but maybe it would work on her?? I've heard they have more rocking in them, which I think would be a benefit on my horse. And flared bars for shoulder.
Anyone else have a horse with this conformation and successfully found a saddle?!
This one above is a full qh Wintec that pinched her shoulders and was too long on her back
I had the same problem with the western wintec I tried on my QH. I also had a difficult time fitting my QH because most of the saddles I tried pinched his shoulders. Currently, I'm using a Dakota barrel saddle with regular QH bars which fits him excellently. Even sweat marks and he rides very comfortably in it.. I would suggest trying a Dakota or any saddle built on the same Steele brand tree. I was also under the assumption that I needed FQHB but that wasn't the case. I just needed more flare to the bars to leave room for his shoulders which is exactly what my Dakota does. Good luck!
My gaited RMH is built the same way with a super super short back. I've had luck with Aussie saddles, but not a western one yet.
SouthernTrailsGA is a member here that might have some suggestions... I forward this on to him. He has been helpful in answering some of my questions.
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I see a Horse that is wide and his big shoulders, therefore Wintec and many of the Cookie Cutter Brands will not work.
As you have seen they do not have much flair in the leading edge of the Bar.
A wide gaited saddle may work. An A-fork referees to how the pommel/swell is made not on how well it will fit the Horse, although many brands that use an A-fork tend to have better flair in the front of the bars for wide shouldered Horse.
How old is she? If she is less than 5 years old, I would not try for an expensive saddle and the shape will most likely change.
Here is a Set of Templates you can down load and try on to see if a Wide/Full-QH bar fits the best.
I don't have any suggestions for you, but just wanted to compliment your girl. She is lovely. (:
She is 13 years old. I was looking at the circle y gaited trail saddles. They have different rigging options, which I like.
Thank you!! :D
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