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post #1 of 6 Old 06-05-2011, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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New to western-Big Horn Cordura or Fabtron Lady Flex saddle?

Hi, I have decided to go western, as me and my english TB only trail ride due to his injury and Id like a comfy saddle with a secure seat. Ive measured him and he needs FQHB and has medium wither.Im 5'6 and about 130lb so think I need a 16inch seat.
I want a light western saddle-tried a full leather but too heavy for me to carry about and put on! I have been given conflicting advice on which is the best part synthetic trail saddle - the Big Horn Cordura, or the Fabtron Lady Flex Tree saddle-anyone have either of these or can offer advice which is best!
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I would go with the Fabtron. I had to help a friend pick out a saddle and it needed to be synthetic for the same reason as you. I looked at every one I could find, and The Fabtron was by far the best made and, for her, the most comfortable.

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I am also 5'6" and a bit heavier than you. I swim in a 16". I ride in a 15" saddle most of the time.
Are you ordering your saddle or going to get one from a tack shop? I would recommend trying out some saddles before you buy one. Even if it's just sitting on it on a saddle stand.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-13-2011, 09:22 PM
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Do you ride in an 18" English saddle? That would be the equivilant to a 16 Western.
I would not use a flex tree. More than one saddle fitter has told me to avoid 'flex tree" saddles. I do see a ton of them up for sale second hand. H m m m ...
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I have the 17 in lady trail fabtron and I absolutely love it. I didn't cost me a fortune and it fits my very wide paint perfectly. I love how light it is and after lifting a 40 pound cutting saddle for 3 years, I love how easy this one is to put on Raven's back. I would definitely recommend it and I did make sure to look online for reviews and it got very high marks.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-24-2011, 11:01 PM
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A lady Fabtron is a great lightweight saddle that is very well made. However do not get a flex tree. As always manufacturers are out to sell the product and talk like they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. If they are so great why are there a ton of used ones on the market??

I had a mare that a flex tree damaged her withers and to this day she is now cinchy.

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