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post #11 of 19 Old 08-17-2009, 02:08 PM
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Pasos are usually lowered withered, but they also are usually more narrow in build. I don't know if a Paso saddle would fit a stocky/wide horse very well.
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-17-2009, 03:01 PM
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I have the same problme with my mare! she is stocky and wide! i bought a Rockign R training saddle and it seems to fit her pretty well might be a tad smaller than should be!!! good luck i know how frustrating and hard it can be to find a good fitting saddle!
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-17-2009, 03:06 PM
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I tried a Bob Marshall treeless on my Friesian for trail riding but my legs stuck straight out. So much for my foray into Western saddles for my wide load.
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Having a saddler come out seems like a wonderful idea, however I cannot afford that right now. :( Thanks every one for the help so far, I'm looking into these ideas.
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-17-2009, 09:05 PM
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I had a really hard time finding a saddle that would fit my QH. He is very thin but has wide shoulders. Every kept telling me the same thing "You need FQHB", but they were still too small! I just brought a Big Horn saddle and I expected it not fit, but it did!! I'll be honest I don't know what made it different from the other saddles I tried - I know nothing about saddle measurements (I had some one who knew what they were doing see if the saddles fit him properly lol).

If you can afford to get your horse fitted that would defiantly be the best option. Unfortunately, I couldn't. I really just had to keep trying different saddles for months!

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post #16 of 19 Old 08-17-2009, 09:07 PM
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Pasos are usually lowered withered, but they also are usually more narrow in build. I don't know if a Paso saddle would fit a stocky/wide horse very well.
I don't think it would either. I learned to ride on Paso Finos and every one I ever saw was very very narrow.

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post #17 of 19 Old 08-17-2009, 10:52 PM
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A Flexicurve isn't really a system. It's a very bendy measuring tape, that's all. It can easily be pushed and twisted or bent, etc, to conform to the horse's body with just your fingers. They only cost about $8-$10, and they're nice for saddle fitting because they have a measuring tape on one side. The links I posted were to show how to do a withers tracing (whether you use the Flexicurve or any piece of wire) and the templates on the other site are free downloads.

You can use it for other stuff that's hard to measure, too...like your hat size, your calf size (for those ridiculous english boots that seem to fit everywhere else but there), and thigh size (to make sure your chaps fit) LOL
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post #18 of 19 Old 08-25-2009, 01:40 AM
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I have a saddle that will probably work for you

I have a very hard to fit Arab and went to this Abetta Flex tree with Full Quarter Bars and a rubber grip bottom. It is about 21lbs. I liked the Flex trees so much I bought 3 others and this one is for sale if anyone is interested at $395.00 + shipping. I paid $550.00 for it at Broken Horn, and it is still in new condition. It is a great fit for wide round horses. It is a 16" seat and has an 8" gullet. Cindy

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Hey guys, I've been trying to find a western saddle to fit willow for a few months now, and I am ready to give up and ride bareback the rest of my life (which I don't mind doing, however willow will be bombproof one day and a high-strung wack-job the next, .:. a saddle would be nice to have around). When I tell people she is wide, they say "oh, you need FQHBs then". Well, I have tried a few FQHB saddles on her and they are still too narrow. Willow is an 8 year old appy with a very round back. She has barely any withers at all, and is a bit on the chubby side despite our hard rides because she is on free grass/hay. Heres a picture of how wide she is - this was during last winter when it was SO cold and SO long that she packed on so much weight. She lives ouside so I guess she needed it.

I was wondering if anyone has a horse who is shaped like willow, or knows of any saddle brands made for round horses. I've looked at some draft saddles but they are all massive.
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post #19 of 19 Old 08-29-2009, 07:11 PM
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I have a "Billy Cook" Full QH tree and it used to fit my horse perfectly and now it is way to wide for him because he lost all kinds of weight and i think it might fit your horse! i can post some pics if you are interested!
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