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post #1 of 5 Old 11-30-2013, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Western Saddle Fit

I'm looking for some help with generalizations on western saddle fit. Just things to look for when I'm shopping around since the fit kinda confuses me a bit >.> I currently have a 15" older Saddle King Barrel saddle. I believe it is semi-QH bars. The saddle fits my Arabian perfectly... because she's got no withers. All my other mares it sits right on their withers. It doesn't even fit Cally all that well - which is who I'm looking to outfit.

She's a lean WB mare, high withers (TB sharkfin type). I don't think I've got any side shots of her without a saddle. Basically just wondering what I should for while in the shopping stage. Semi QH bars or full? Measurement of the pommel? Basically just what do I need to look for
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I'm looking for some help with generalizations on western saddle fit. Just things to look for when I'm shopping around since the fit kinda confuses me a bit >.> I currently have a 15" older Saddle King Barrel saddle. I believe it is semi-QH bars. The saddle fits my Arabian perfectly... because she's got no withers. All my other mares it sits right on their withers. It doesn't even fit Cally all that well - which is who I'm looking to outfit.

She's a lean WB mare, high withers (TB sharkfin type). I don't think I've got any side shots of her without a saddle. Basically just wondering what I should for while in the shopping stage. Semi QH bars or full? Measurement of the pommel? Basically just what do I need to look for
Here is a set of templates that can get you in the general area of what size tree you need template-simple.pdf (application/pdf Object)

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the saddle you have on your arab is not likely a semi qh bars. A semi is designed more for a horse WITH withers. What you have is more likely a full qh, or even an arab tree. I am making a huge guess on this, but I only say this because arabs are often "mutton withered", meaning low withers and high shoulders, requiring a rather wide tree in the front, but a relatively vertical alignment of the bars.

Now, I am not pro. This is based on my limited experience. So, gather that with other folks experience, and you'd widen your knowledge base.
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the saddle you have on your arab is not likely a semi qh bars. A semi is designed more for a horse WITH withers. What you have is more likely a full qh, or even an arab tree. I am making a huge guess on this, but I only say this because arabs are often "mutton withered", meaning low withers and high shoulders, requiring a rather wide tree in the front, but a relatively vertical alignment of the bars.

Now, I am not pro. This is based on my limited experience. So, gather that with other folks experience, and you'd widen your knowledge base.
That makes far more sense why it would fit her >.> See? This is why I needed help LOL

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Here is a set of templates that can get you in the general area of what size tree you need template-simple.pdf (application/pdf Object)

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Thanks! I'll have to print those out and see what she'd be She's a med/med wide in her English saddles. I wasn't sure if that would relate the same to western saddles.

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I recommend spending some time reading at this website by a guy who makes custom trees. An hour or two spent reading here will make you more knowledgeable than most salesmen...which may not be that hard, given some of the sales pitches I've heard.

Proper position of a Western saddle

... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)
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