Originally Posted by tiffanyp1980
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. :)