Arab Saddle or Western Pleasure Saddle?
I had someone tell me this was an Arab saddle, and I personally know nothing about Arab saddles... Is this really an Arabian saddle? What does that mean?
While style wise it is not 'traditional' arabian tack, I think what people are talking about is size and fit.
An Arab is generally smaller with a shorter back and more refined features than your 'average' horse. The small skirt on your saddle is a feature that would do well on an Arab.
That would be my take on it.
I'm guessing they said that because it is a round skirt.
However some barrel saddles and even trail saddles have round skirts (though I think this is a show saddle?). I guess it's hard to tell from a picture. :)
It's beautiful, whatever it is.
I'm guessing they are right. Arabian show saddles, and many regular Arabian saddles, are short, have a rounded skirt, low cantle with plenty of slope, and a sharp rise in the front to the swells. See here: Arabian Saddles
Inside, they have an Arabian tree, which it is impossible to know about by just looking at the outside. The tree is the frame of the saddle, and Arabian trees are shorter in length, usually have more rock (curve between front and back), and are flatter (when looked at from the front, they form a flatter inverted V), but the bars are not set as far apart as on most quarter horse trees. More info here: Western Saddle Fitting and Different Tree Sizes
That should make it fit most Arabian backs better, but it depends on the Arabian horse and on the saddle-maker. There is no guarantee it will fit any individual Arabian horse. And unless the saddle is marked, it is very difficult to figure out if it is using an Arabian tree.
I'm assuming they mean Arabian tree. Arabian saddles have a specific tree because Arabians are quite a bit narrower than your average Quarter Horse.
Arabian saddles is a little narrower behind the shoulder blades yet have to accommodate the wide-sprung rib cage.
Do you still have this beautiful saddle?
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:lol::lol: Funny that, I signed up for this forum originally because someone was selling a Haflinger Saddle, wasn't until I went to reply to the post I realized it was a couple of years old.
This is one beautiful saddle though, hope they had a horse it fitted and they used it and enjoyed it.
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