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post #1 of 8 Old 11-15-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Gaited saddle for the non-gaited horse

I'm having some difficulty fitting my big paint gelding. He's got a big shoulder and the saddle is restricting him and causing him discomfort. (Had the massage therapist in and most of his issues were in the shoulders and ribs).

Right now I'm riding him in a Circle Y Park & Trail. It's pretty. That's about it. I don't feel comfortable in it (probably because the seat's too small), it seems tight in the shoulders for my horse, I think it might be too long because it slides forward, and it's STINKIN' HEAVY!

Here are my issues:

1) I have my horse up for sale. I haven't completely decided whether I really want to sell him or not, and I want to see if the saddle fit might be causing the small issue we're having with mounting (he tends to tense up/hump his back). But because I'm considering selling him, I don't want to spend a ton on a custom saddle.

2) My goal is to ride dressage. I'm not ready to ride him English yet, though, as I need the security of a Western and likely will for some time. However, I don't want to spend a ton on a custom Western because I'll be doing that on a Dressage saddle when the time is right.

I have emailed Cultured Cowboy to get some quotes/ideas. Just thought I'd check here to see if anyone has any thoughts. Because of his big shoulders, I was wondering whether a gaited tree (or perhaps a flex tree) might be a good idea.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-16-2013, 08:16 AM
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1st of all a Flex Tree will NOT help your problem with a too narrow shoulder fit, flex trees do not flex in that area.

Many people uses a gaited saddles on Horse with wide shoulders, not all gaited saddles are wide, some are medium, so care is needed in selection of gaited saddles.

You probably need with a wide-qh tree or a wide gaited tree.

Either one would have the extra flair in the leading edge of the bar for the big shouldered Horse.


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post #3 of 8 Old 11-16-2013, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Any brand recommendations?
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-16-2013, 10:21 AM
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I've got a big horn that has synthetic skirts. its light and cheap and comfortable for my wide mare. its a full QH Bar size.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-16-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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I really like Big Horn but unfortunately we tried one on him and it doesn't fit any better.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-10-2013, 12:35 PM
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I have a Spotted Saddle mare that is broad chested/butted like a QH. She is NOT high withered. I had a Henry Miller saddle, (it looks like a cross between Australian/western saddle) I had one for years with my typical gaited horse and it fit great.. but on this mare (wide) it did not. I sold it and ordered a wide QH tree and now it fits her fine.


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post #7 of 8 Old 12-15-2013, 10:08 AM
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Rhonda, did the Henry Miller saddle place you in a different position than a western saddle?
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-15-2013, 02:40 PM
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im riding a henry miller gaited saddle now. endurance saddle. i really like it and my racking horse moves well in it. but they are not cheap saddles. look at the site and you can see the seating difference in the trail and endurance. in reality there is a bigger difference than the pictures are showing.

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i recommend you get a cheaper saddle esp. since you dont know exactly what you are going to do with the said horse. i recommend an abetta. they are cheaper priced, cheaper synthetic material. and they will last through a war. they sell larger gaited style saddles, with/with out a horn. depending on your tastes.

my abetta doesnt sit you so deep as the miller saddle either. they are more similar to the traditional western style
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