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post #1 of 3 Old 03-19-2009, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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I am training a 3 year old standardbred gelding for a friend, and I am looking for a saddle for him. I have a medium tree Keiffer AP saddle that fits him, but she wants him trained for trail so I was thinking of a western or endurance saddle. He is only about 15 hands, has a small body with a deeeeep girth and narrow shoulders, and fairly low withers. His feet and head are HUGE compared to his body, and I'm thinking he's going to fill out quite a bit. I don't know much about standardbreds, do they grow as fast as thoroughbreds?

I really need a saddle with a short skirt if it's western, because he has a very short back. Something comfortable and secure for me, since he's green. And something that we can eventually use for long rides once we get him out on the real trails. I've never bought an endurance saddle before. I don't want to spend a ton of money, since there's a chance he could grow out of it. Suggestions???

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-19-2009, 12:49 PM
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I use aussie saddles on the trail...I really like the security of the pollies and the deep seat. I have been looking into buying an endurance saddle myself but the ones I really like are soo expensive :P

I am actually going to sell my aussie soon, it doesnt fit my TB very well (he is off balanced...more muscle on his left than right side.)
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-21-2009, 12:28 PM
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Since he's quite young and still has 2-3 years of growing left to do, I would recommend an Abetta or Southern Trails round skirt saddle with semi-qh bars, or their regular tree (qh bars) with a fair amount of pad, or a built-up roper pad. The QH tree will likely be too wide, but you can use a built up roper pad to fill in for it.
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