Western Synthetic Saddle for high withered horse???

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    09-01-2013, 01:14 AM
Western Synthetic Saddle for high withered horse???

I have a paint with pretty high withers, and saddles tend to slip back on him after a little while of riding. What are some good western synthetic saddles that might fit him?

I'm considering an Abetta at a local tack store, what are your thoughts??

I will just be trail riding and doing some arena exercises so nothing fancy. Here is a picture!
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    09-01-2013, 11:11 AM
Any ideas????
    09-03-2013, 05:12 PM
Green Broke
I have nothing personal against synthetic saddles, but I guess I wouldn't put the word "good" and "synthetic saddle" in the same sentence.

You need to find the proper TREE that is going to fit the shape of your horse's back, and it is no easy task. Typically, on a high-withered horse you are going to need a narrower gullet (but of course that's not always the case) so that it clears the withers and sits evenly on his back.

Also, are you sure you are placing your saddle back far enough? Often saddles will move to where "they want to fit". If your saddle is sliding back during the ride, maybe you need to saddle back a bit farther. A picture would be nice to see how your saddle currently fits your horse.
    09-08-2013, 05:58 PM
Some older half leather half cordura saddles are good, but I've yet to see a newer one ever fit a horse right.

I would talk to a saddle fitter or your local tack shop.
    09-09-2013, 06:58 AM


All decent Cordura Saddles made in the USA

Check the model of each brand, some are semi-qh, reg.-qh and full-gh, Abetta calls the full-qh a wide.....

Many high withered Horses will take a semi-qh Tree, but not all


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