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post #11 of 18 Old 01-19-2017, 11:01 AM
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Just remember that Arabs tend to need wider trees than they look like they need, so while I like the Simco the best of the 3, check the width of the gullet carefully. Unless those rescue ponies end up fairly wide through the shoulders, it could end up being too big.
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-19-2017, 11:06 AM
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Hi Tori!

The only reasonably certain way to evaluate saddle fit w/o having your horse there, is something called an "EQUImeasure".

EQUImeasure ? The Ultimate Saddle Fitting Tool

It's basically a sheet of low temperature thermoplastic that can be heated, and molded to the horses back. After it cools, it can then be used to check against a saddle.

As you will be a long, long way from being able to return a poorly fitting saddle, one of these would probably be a good investment. They are totally re-usable, so maybe shop for a used one?

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Glad to see you looking at the older models of these saddle brands as they were built much better back in those days,would not touch a newer model one of any now The simco is looks the best of them . I have an old late 80's simco still in pretty decent shape, used now just primarily to break out the youngsters.It is ok on the youngsters but is too small/narrow for by beefy QH's
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-19-2017, 10:23 PM
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Tough choice, I hope you are happy with whichever you end up buying.

Just from general looks and features I like #2 the best.
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post #15 of 18 Old 01-20-2017, 01:07 AM
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Another vote for #2 but that's because I like the lower cantle.
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post #16 of 18 Old 01-20-2017, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Tori!

The only reasonably certain way to evaluate saddle fit w/o having your horse there, is something called an "EQUImeasure".

EQUImeasure ? The Ultimate Saddle Fitting Tool

It's basically a sheet of low temperature thermoplastic that can be heated, and molded to the horses back. After it cools, it can then be used to check against a saddle.

As you will be a long, long way from being able to return a poorly fitting saddle, one of these would probably be a good investment. They are totally re-usable, so maybe shop for a used one?

Steve

Will be interesting to try to find one. I am hoping to hbe many horses and ponies coming for lessons and saddle fitting, learning how to use bits properly etc so something that would be a good investment

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Another vote for #2 but that's because I like the lower cantle.
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Glad to see you looking at the older models of these saddle brands as they were built much better back in those days,would not touch a newer model one of any now The simco is looks the best of them . I have an old late 80's simco still in pretty decent shape, used now just primarily to break out the youngsters.It is ok on the youngsters but is too small/narrow for by beefy QH's
I totally agree so many saddles I see now are crap with poor quality construction. I had a Billy Cook barrel saddle I sold when I left the states and wish I had never let it go. I have always liked the 80's and 90's western saddles they were built string and last forever with good care!

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-05-2017, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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FYI I got the Tex Tan and a Fabtron synthetic. I also have had two Australian stock saddles donated so I am sure we can fit them to the horse with so many choices. Anything that doesn't fit I can sell to another owner here as saddles are like gold here and very hard to come by. My goal is one saddle that fits each horse so I can offer lessons etc. I will get the stock saddles end of February but the western ones not until May when I fly to the states unless somebody comes before then.

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