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    02-07-2011, 12:06 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Thanks everyone :)
     
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    02-14-2011, 10:49 AM
  #12
Foal
I personally get the saddle fitter out. Helped me tons and took out all the leg work. I took my mare right to the shop so we could try different sizes, color and length.

I ended up with the Ridgeline Trail Saddle by Big Horn. Its all leather and has a lot of cushion in the seat area. I love this saddle and so does my mare.

Good luck and have fun shopping!!!
     
    02-15-2011, 08:05 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by horselver1979    
I personally get the saddle fitter out. Helped me tons and took out all the leg work. I took my mare right to the shop so we could try different sizes, color and length.

I ended up with the Ridgeline Trail Saddle by Big Horn. Its all leather and has a lot of cushion in the seat area. I love this saddle and so does my mare.

Good luck and have fun shopping!!!
Thanks!
     
    02-15-2011, 08:46 PM
  #14
Trained
Looks kind of like a chubby version of my mare, who is also 15.3 hands. I tried an Abetta with FQHB on her, but the bars were a bit long for her back. A Circle Y with an Arabian tree fits her well enough.

Each manufacturer means something different by full QH bars, or just QH, or wide or medium - makes it tough to buy over the Internet.

There is some good info here:

Types of Saddles - Western Saddles

I've never bought a saddle from them, but they have clear explanations of what the differences are.
     
    02-15-2011, 09:29 PM
  #15
Showing
Just from looking at the pictures and your description of his size, he would probably do well in a FQHB saddle (though I would have to see one on him to know for sure). I don't know if it would be feasible to haul him to the local tack store and just try some saddles on him. My local store will allow you to try them on so long as you use a clean pad.

Probably a close second for your comfort behind a trail saddle (I am assuming that they are first, I have never ridden in one) is a saddle designed for ranch work. They are designed for rider comfort and security. I have never ridden in a saddle that can come close to comparing to my Association tree for my comfort.

I would avoid looking at roping saddles though, unless you plan on competition roping. I have yet to ever sit in a roping saddle that was comfortable for me.
     
    02-17-2011, 08:01 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Well, here's another kind of awesome thing...my mom has a FQHB Circle Y and a semi quarter horse bar Tex Tan that she used on her old horses.
Fingers crossed that one of them fit Mr. Chubby.

Thanks for the heads up on roping saddles, too.
     
    02-17-2011, 08:11 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by bsms    
Looks kind of like a chubby version of my mare, who is also 15.3 hands. I tried an Abetta with FQHB on her, but the bars were a bit long for her back. A Circle Y with an Arabian tree fits her well enough.

Each manufacturer means something different by full QH bars, or just QH, or wide or medium - makes it tough to buy over the Internet.

There is some good info here:

Types of Saddles - Western Saddles

I've never bought a saddle from them, but they have clear explanations of what the differences are.

This is great, thank you. :)
     
    02-25-2011, 10:11 PM
  #18
Showing
"What is the difference between equitation, trail, close contact, barrel" They all come with 3 different tree sizes. The rest is style. I'm thinking he'd be good with wide or full qh bars. Arabs are often a bit narrow just below the withers but from your pics he doesn't appear so.
     
    02-25-2011, 10:16 PM
  #19
Showing
Wallaby, your saddle is more than a little narrow. It is sitting too high both front and back. It also appears to be on her shoulder blades. Arabs have wide sprung rib cages and that is why the arab tree was designed. I think yours is semi or used to be known as regular.
     

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