Western saddle tree fit on Mia - 9 pictures

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    07-23-2014, 10:05 PM
Western saddle tree fit on Mia - 9 pictures

I'm trying to find a saddle tree that will be a good fit for Mia using the Steele 'Fit-To-Be-Seen' program. This is how she looks with one of the trees they sent:

It is a flatter tree (less 'rock' than the previous tree, and it definitely fits her better. There were limits to my picture taking quality this evening - the flies were out in force and Mia was moving and shaking a lot...sprayed her after the photo session was done.

However...what do y'all think?
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    07-23-2014, 10:28 PM

Nope, wrong angle of bars....back of bars are a bad fit, flips up in back, front of bars do not have enough flair in them.

Not sure what a LF is, some kind cross between normal tress ?

A LT is a narrow gaited 6.5" gullet

A TF is full QH bars 7.0 gullet

What was Letter code of other tree?

    07-23-2014, 11:31 PM
The other tree was their "D":

The difference between the D and this one can be seen below:

The front and back have the same curve (at least to my Mk1 eyeball), but it is flatter between and I'd guess a tiny bit steeper in angle.

I was concerned that there wasn't enough flare in the front, but the D barely touches her in front...contact ends about halfway between the "D" and the leading edge. Should it?

FWIW, the D is a near perfect match for the bottom of the Circle Y Mojave, which is an "Arabian" saddle. Mia & particularly Trooper (whose back is close to Mia's in shape) have logged a number of miles in the Mojave without sign of soring or discomfort.

This is a very frustrating part of western saddle buying. Mia actually moves very well in the CA/Martin, which is a flatter angle than the D, has more flair, and has portions of the tree not even in contact with her - her sides are dropping away from the tree. Yet she moves well in it, seems happy...but I've had the saddle slip once, and I could see it happening again.

I'd love a saddle that fit her well, but FINDING one is really tough!
    07-24-2014, 01:21 AM

The D is a Regular QH bar 6.75" gullet, I agree a D tree would be no better for her, she has what I call a protruding spine, which is tricky to fit sometimes.

I have had all the fit forms for 6-7 years, I will no use them for fitting..... wasted 400.00 for them, IMO

Without some more measurements, I would say Mia needs a LT or a LT + 1/4, possibly a J or PJ

I will send you something by email to test fit with, then you can ask whoever you are working with for that saddle to send you the Tree I think she needs for testing.....


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