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post #1 of 34 Old 11-10-2009, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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western saddle question

I know nothing about western saddles really, but I would like to get my QH mare one. She is built more TB like, really narrow, but with pretty low withers. I think I am going to need semi-quarter horse bars. Anybody know any brands that will fit this kind of back better?

I also don't know which brands are better than others. I like circle y, and I know about tex tan, are there any kinds I should steer clear of, and ones that I should keep a look out for?


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how tall is she? How old? We need those before we can really say. I suggest trying out other peoples saddle, and whichever one(s) fit her best, measure the gullet, and buy one of that size. My pony wore a 6 inch, but yours may need a 61/2 cause she's narrow. I don't like King Series saddles(synthetic ones). I like circle Y and have heard good things about Abbeta. What seat size do you need? What kind of material do you want; leather, cordura, half leather, synthetic? What discipline: barrel racing, cutting,roping,all around, pleasure, trail,etc.?

All in all, try some of your friends' saddles first. :) Good Luck!
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stay away from saddles that are not American made. Circle Y, Billy Cook, and Big Horn are great saddles.
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All of my friends saddles are too wide! That's why I think I need semi-quarter horses, all of theirs are more cow-bred and go in full quarter horses, mine is race bred and the tall and lean type of QH.

She is 17 years old, she is a rescue and has no muscling along her top line, but that will come with time, but I don't think she will fill in enough to be a full quarter horse bars.

I know that I need a 16 inch seat, and I would like to stick to leather if I can. I plan on doing everything in this saddle, trail riding, showing, maybe try some speed stuff too.

How are the big horn saddles? I see a bunch of those on ebay for pretty reasonable.
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stay away from saddles that are not American made. Circle Y, Billy Cook, and Big Horn are great saddles.

I somehow missed seeing your post! I am actually watching a couple of big horns on ebay right now, they seem pretty reasonable, and the used ones look like they have held up well. Any other input on these saddles?
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so I am not sure if you are a western rider but western and engish saddles are much different in size so you may already know this BUT you aren't the same size in both saddles ... I use a 15 inch in western and a 16.5 in english (i am a size 6 pants if that helps).

I agree with the American made saddles only. I have a Victor (amazingly made saddles) and an Ozarka from days ago and both of those saddles will last forever. If you can find a good older made saddles I would go that route b/c they tend to be better made. Can you look on craigslist?

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I'm kinda doubting it Just the way its worded, maybe trying to make it seem like a Big Horn brand when its something else.
Here's a nice used Circle Y 15" Used Circle Y Park and Trail Saddle

This one is really pretty too- http://www.horsesaddleshop.com/circl...d-saddle1.html
The free shipping really got my attention, saddles are so expensive to ship


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whats your price range?

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I agree with Vida, I don't think the one that you posted is worth looking at (even if there is a real saddle on the other end). I have a Simco roping saddle that I got several years ago that is incredibly good quality. Be cautious when buying Billy Cook, as some of them are good quality and others I have seen are total crap.

Also, unless you are planning on doing any roping, I would not get a roping saddle. They tend to be more expensive and are very heavy (mine is about 40 pounds). I would keep my eyes peeled for a nice trail saddle cause they would work for almost anything and I have heard that barrel saddles are not very comfortable when ridden for very long.

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