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post #1 of 7 Old 11-16-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Tree Form pictures (Fit-To-Be-Seen)

We are working to get our (2) horses fit fit saddles. I put them all on and took pictures but, I still am not sure what I am looking at.....


Bart - Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse - gaited 15.2 hands

Bart - Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Photos by Mike_and_Helena | Photobucket

Joby - Rocky Mountain Saddle Horse - 14 hands

Joby Saddle Forms Photos by Mike_and_Helena | Photobucket

Can you really see how these fit in the pictures?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-16-2013, 06:43 PM
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I like the J and LT the best for Bart

I like the D and PW the best for Joby

When a Dealer sends all the fit forms for a Horse, I really hate that, tells me something about them, it is also so confusing, 99% of using Horse Breed and Size Specifics can be determined by 3 or less fit forms, to send more is crazy, some of those forms are for Draft Horses....

The 2nd thing is with any Saddle on a Gaited Horse it also depends on the Style of Tree, A-Fork, Wade, Trail, etc.
It matters also how the maker shapes the leather and fleece he attaches to the tree on the underside of the bars and curves the leather to attack under the pommel.

I would suggest an A-Fork Style Tree even if used for a Trail Saddle, those Trees allow for the extra high withers your Horse has. For a heavy duty roping saddle or similar I would suggest a Wade style as the inherently have more wither clearance than roper trees.

Of course the Maker who sent you the Trees is ultimately responsible for the fit, but those are my estimates of which fit forms are best.

I would also have the saddle maker send a couple of Bare Trees for final fitting, it is much cheaper to gamble 30-40.00 on a tree shipment to be sure the saddles will fit.

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Kevin, Thanks for your reply. How do the forms relate to the tree? I know they match the angle, twist, and width but, do they match the front flare? None of the forms that I thought fit had sufficient flare to clear his shoulders (on Joby). I am going back to look at the pictures but, I thought the SE fit Bart well.

I also agree, I was not going to take pictures of all the forms. But, thought I should just in case I miss something.

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You can select a form and who's to say the maker will custom the tree to the form? The problem with a custom tree is that it fits your horse the day you took the measurements, but what about when winter fat, or lean after a long summer of plenty of riding. Look for a saddle that's a fairly close fit that will see you year round.
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Kevin, Thanks for your reply. How do the forms relate to the tree? I know they match the angle, twist, and width but, do they match the front flare? None of the forms that I thought fit had sufficient flare to clear his shoulders (on Joby). I am going back to look at the pictures but, I thought the SE fit Bart well.

I also agree, I was not going to take pictures of all the forms. But, thought I should just in case I miss something.
The Forms do not 100% relate to the front edge of flair, that is a drawback, but again it matters a lot on how the maker shapes the way he attaches the leather and fleece to the leading edge and up to the top of the bar/pommel area.

The SE is a mule bar, for flatter back animals, generally not enough rock for high withered gaited animals and could cause bridging.

The SE did look close, but knowing and seeing the Horses you have, I was skeptical....
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You can select a form and who's to say the maker will custom the tree to the form? The problem with a custom tree is that it fits your horse the day you took the measurements, but what about when winter fat, or lean after a long summer of plenty of riding. Look for a saddle that's a fairly close fit that will see you year round.
Do research on the maker and see if they use the form properly and make saddles that fit

Of course no saddle fits 100% year round, that is why you need a maker with experience to make an in-between fit that works for those subtle changes in body structure.

Thus the statement why would a maker send 10 fit forms?

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Looking at the pictures I am a little embarrassed.....I should have looked at the pictures before posting them. They are terrible pictures. Tomorrow I will go back and try the above forms again and take better pictures. The saddle builder has many great reviews both on this forum and some others.
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