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    01-10-2014, 01:17 PM
  #11
Foal
I've got a couple of Simcos with full quarter horse bars that are wide. I ride my fairly wide Rocky Mountain in a Circle Y Park and Trail with an arab tree. Didn't know it had an arab tree when I bought it but it fit well because it is shorter. A gaited saddle may be way to go for clearance at the shoulders.
     
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    01-10-2014, 01:27 PM
  #12
Weanling
My standardbred mare is the same, very wide in the shoulder. Its pretty common for standies.

I just fit the saddle down a bit further from the shoulder than I would on a different horse. Not significantly, but enough to allow full shoulder movement. I don't have any good pictures of her in our western saddle, but I do have a few of her in the Wintec Isabelle dressage saddle.

I use my hand to feel for her shoulder blade every time I tack her up to make sure the saddle is back far enough. Otherwise, she has this weird wonky gait (obviously, she can't move her shoulders!)
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    01-10-2014, 02:55 PM
  #13
Foal
I might take this one for a spin...
High Horse Round Rock Trail Saddle by Circle Y, buckscountysaddlery.com
     
    01-10-2014, 02:59 PM
  #14
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strawberry4Me    
My standardbred mare is the same, very wide in the shoulder. Its pretty common for standies.

I just fit the saddle down a bit further from the shoulder than I would on a different horse. Not significantly, but enough to allow full shoulder movement. I don't have any good pictures of her in our western saddle, but I do have a few of her in the Wintec Isabelle dressage saddle.

I use my hand to feel for her shoulder blade every time I tack her up to make sure the saddle is back far enough. Otherwise, she has this weird wonky gait (obviously, she can't move her shoulders!)
Thank you for the advice! I will try next time. And she is a pretty horse... Standies are my absolute favorite even though they're hard to saddle fit
Thanks for chiming in!
     
    01-11-2014, 04:12 PM
  #15
Foal
I took this saddle on trial:
High Horse Round Rock Gaited - 15.5" Finished Seat

It is a gaited trail saddle, and it DID NOT fit! Granted... my horse needs a wider tree than what this saddle had, but it still didn't have enough flare.
I have pictures of the measurements. Are there other gaited saddles with better shoulder clearance?













     
    01-11-2014, 04:14 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrails    
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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.

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/thesa...llet+Templates


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Southern Trails - I just tried a gaited horse saddle and it did not work. I took 2 measurements and posted the pictures of it on my horse in this thread. Are all gaited trail saddles about that size?
     
    01-11-2014, 04:26 PM
  #17
Foal
I've had the same problem with my mare. The closestIi've come to fitting her in a western saddle was a Fqhb rocking r, but still wasn't quite right. The only thing she doesn't hate is an aussie saddle. A friend of mine has a fqhb circle y flex tree that fits her wide shouldered mare really well. I do suggest trying Western saddles; Billy Cook, Circle Y , Tucker & used western trail saddles they have templates you can print out. Good luck!!
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    01-11-2014, 09:35 PM
  #18
Weanling
Honestly, I would try just setting it back a couple of inches. Standies are tough like that, but its worth a try. I wouldn't go back any further than 2 inches or so, but even with a wide tree, chances are her shoulders will still be too big.
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    01-12-2014, 10:12 AM
  #19
Yearling
David in md may have a point about the arab trees. I've got 2 saddles sitting here next to me for cleaning. One is an older bighorn and the other a simco trail saddle with an arab tree. Looks like the simco flares a bit at the shoulders. It does measure wider.

I've got a TWH who has massive shoulders. Haven't tried it on her yet. Didn't occur to me until yesterday when I dragged it out. I've got 2 other saddles that fit her fine but I wouldn't say perfect so I wasn't real motivated.
Curious now but I have to wait for the ice to clear a bit. Deadly carrying a load out there.
     
    01-12-2014, 10:16 AM
  #20
Weanling
My western saddle is a big horn and fits my standie just fine, as long as I am mindful of her shoulders while I am tacking up.
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