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post #11 of 25 Old 03-18-2008, 01:15 PM
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I am getting a thoroughbred and a paint. Would qh bars work for both, semi.. I am confused .lol

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post #12 of 25 Old 03-18-2008, 01:39 PM
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I am getting a thoroughbred and a paint. Would qh bars work for both, semi.. I am confused .lol
It really depends on the horse, and how wide they are in the area around/below the withers, how high their withers are, etc. You should definitely get the horses first, and then try to borrow some saddles for sizing purposes. You should be able to run your hand flat under the gullet of the saddle (no pad) while on the horses back with no pinching. You should try this loose, cinched, and then with weight on. If that fits, you then need to check that there is at least about three fingers stacked (hold your hand sideways rather than flat) clearance under the swell area from the front. You should also be able to see air in the center of the saddle when lookin from back to front with no pad on...you don't want it digging into the spine. If you get a chance to try several different sizes of other people's saddles (make sure you know the size), you will then be able to know what size to purchase.

I am not sure if I correctly described it, so someone else feel free to jump in on that one.

I am sure this is true of many brands, but Crates' qh size saddle, fits a large percentage of stock type horses...so that might be a place to start with at least the paint...the tb might have a very different build. :)
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post #13 of 25 Old 03-19-2008, 06:44 AM
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tiffany, when I was looking for saddle I made pics of my horses backs/withers/sides as well as wire measurements of the shape and brought it in every store with me to show the sales person (in most stores the sale person is the owner/family member :) ) and to seee how it'll fit. Also keep in mind that different brands of saddles can be wider/narrow on bars as well as higher/lower on pommel, so it's in fact hard to say whether it fit your horse if you go with just bar size etc.
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post #14 of 25 Old 03-19-2008, 12:35 PM
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Wow ! I am getting a headache. Lol, what is a wire measure. Never heard of that before, hope that is not a stupid question.

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post #15 of 25 Old 03-19-2008, 02:35 PM
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Not at all. :) I asked lots of questions at this forum and the local one how to measure the saddle (I don't have an option to drive my both horses around to different stores to check the saddles. Lol!).

That's what friend of mine from local forum sent me (how you can take the measurements):

http://www.trumbullmtn.com/Other_Pag...er_trace_1.htm
http://www.buytack.com/products/sadd...ther-trace.htm
http://www.drafthorseclassified.com/wither_tracing.htm
http://crestridgesaddlery.com/measurements.shtml

What I did was took flexible wire, then took measurements with wire of the shape of my horse's backs. Then placed the wire on hard paper, draw and cut it so I'd have the shape in hands. I also took pics. So when I went to the stores I first shown the pics, and then I placed the paper draft of size of my horse(s) under the saddles I liked. I could see right away whether the saddle is wide enough for my horse and whether it's high enough not to end up on withers (my paint is high-withered). Not the perfect way of doing things, but better than nothing and at least you can find out which saddles don't fit for sure. :)
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post #16 of 25 Old 03-19-2008, 09:04 PM
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I have a Big Horn Barrel saddle its so comfy :)

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post #17 of 25 Old 03-19-2008, 10:03 PM
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A used Billy Cook saddle
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post #18 of 25 Old 03-22-2008, 12:09 AM
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I am on hunt for a saddle. I have one in mind but it is a brand I have never heard of, RCR JB
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post #19 of 25 Old 03-22-2008, 12:32 PM
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This guy makes some real nice stuff.

http://stores.ebay.com/Riders-Choice-Saddle-Pad-Co

What impresses me is that it's all hand made right here in the USA and comes with a real-world warranty.

All that said.......
I use a "Ranch King" which was made by the old Tanner Leather Co in Ft Worth Texas.....many years ago. I don't know it's exact age but it's probably as old as me (and that's old).
It aint fancy but has a genuine oak tree & frame, big brass D-rings, wool fleecing and is constructed from buffalo hide. It is one is tuff saddle!

If it has any drawbacks, it's the weight. I'd reckon the thing must weigh close to 50 pounds with all the rigging. .

My wife can't pick it up high enough to set it on a horse.
My big-boned QH loves it. But my skinny QH/TB mix mare runs at the sight of it. .

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post #20 of 25 Old 03-22-2008, 07:52 PM
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I just got an American Saddlery saddle...... haven't ridden it, but it's amazingly beautiful.......
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