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post #1 of 14 Old 08-27-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of saddle do you ride your Arab in? My arabian has been super hard to fit.. Tried at least 20 hunt saddles before I found my crosby. I would really like a western saddle for trail riding, though. Wondering if many Arab people have specific "Arabian tree" saddles, and what they think of them? And what kind of saddles, crates, circle y, etc? Thanks!
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-27-2012, 09:23 PM
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Well when i rode an arab i used my 15" barrel saddle i cant remember the specifics on it but it fits just about every horse ive put it on sp far. Only thing i could say waa it was a touch long and a round skirt would probably be your best bet if your guy has a shorter back:).
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-27-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well when i rode an arab i used my 15" barrel saddle i cant remember the specifics on it but it fits just about every horse ive put it on sp far. Only thing i could say waa it was a touch long and a round skirt would probably be your best bet if your guy has a shorter back:).
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The last saddle we tried was a round skirt, the length was perfect-so I know I'll be looking for one with a round skirt. But the length isn't my problem, it's how the saddle sits on him.. I think what my trainer said was that it was limiting his shoulder movement?
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I have only used my saddle its a jerry bethune. I would say your best bet is to try out different types semi quarte/ full quarter etc until you find one or find a fitter to take measurments for you.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-27-2012, 09:33 PM
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Our 1995 crates barrel saddle fits both of our arabs really well. It has FQHB, but is only a 14". We recently bought a little bit newer Circle Y with semiQHB that also fits both of them really well, and has a round skirt.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-27-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Barrelracing ArabianL The problem is that there is no (as far as I understand at least) standard for full/semi/etc bars. Also I don't have access to a fitter.. I was thinking about attempting to take measurements.

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Our 1995 crates barrel saddle fits both of our arabs really well. It has FQHB, but is only a 14". We recently bought a little bit newer Circle Y with semiQHB that also fits both of them really well, and has a round skirt.
I did find a newer circle y arabian saddle, used, that I'm looking at. It's really tempting, it looks like exactly what I want, but I'm so afraid of buying it and it not fitting him. Are your arabians pretty typically built for an arab?
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We tried a medium Circle Y and it was way too narrow. We have a Circle Y Arabian which is a bit long but other than that is OK. Remember, there is a lot of variation in an 'Arabian' back...

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post #8 of 14 Old 08-27-2012, 10:00 PM
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That is why i said your best bet is going to be to try out different saddles till you find one good for him. I know that isn't always possible but sometimes it's the only way to be sure.
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-27-2012, 10:41 PM
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You could try this:

Steele Saddle Tree LLC - Fit To The Horse

I haven't, but I'm tempted.
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One of mine won the ' Arabian Gelding Halter' class in horse judging at this year's fair (judged by a judge who has shown arabians herself) the only fault that she noted was that he could use a bit more muscle, said his conformation was nearly ideal, so I would guess that he's pretty typically built. Even the completely unknowledgeable look at both of them and know right off the bat that they're arabians...

But it is SOOO hard to say what will fit without trying something out first.
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