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post #1 of 9 Old 11-16-2009, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Help with Western Saddle Please!

I'm looking around for western saddles for when I get my mare in the spring. Having never boughten a saddle before, I have lots to learn! If I understand right from what I read, I would need a 15'' saddle as I am "average". This is for the person's size right?

Does it matter about the size of the horse? Is there special sizing in saddles for horses too, or is it just the cinch I'll have to worry about?

And one more question! Would you reccomend leather or synthetic? Synthetic seems to be quite a bit cheaper but I want what is best for my mare.

Thank-you!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-16-2009, 11:19 PM
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I have a saddle for you!!!

Hi! I have a billy cook saddle that is very lightweight and easy to clean, and fits almost every horse i've ever put it on!!!

RIGHT SIDE!!!


LEFT SIDE!!!


GULLET (Full QH Tree) ~Average Size~


Notice there is hardly any wear on it whatsoever!!! And it is extremely durable and grippy, due to the roughout seat!!! And the fleece on the underside hasn't started to seperate, the roughout and stitching has not cracked or browned yet, and I have a breastcollar, 2 girths, and a saddle pad that comes with it!!! All for $750 o.b.o. and I got it all to begin with for like $3000.00 dollars so it is a very high quality saddle and tack!!!

Breastcollar!!!


Girths!!! (Roper and straight!)


Saddle Pad!!! (Fleece)


BLING BLING!!!!!!!!










This is on the breastcollar centerpiece!!!


Please get back to me on this as soon as possible!!!!! Must sell and i really do think that it will be a good deal for you!!!
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-16-2009, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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That looks like an awesome saddle! I just don't know if I want to get one right now - I was thinking about getting one closer to spring when I got my mare. I have to save up a bit for one too! But I will sure think about it - I really like it - it looks like it would be real good for her.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-16-2009, 11:29 PM
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I am a thorough believer that good quality leather is always better than synthetic. I am 5'5 and weigh around 140 pounds and I ride in a 15 inch. That is the most common size, for sure. Yes, there are other sizes for the horse type. Most TB's usually use a semi-Quarter Horse Bar saddle, where the bulldoggy type QH's need a full-QH bar saddle. Any local saddler, or even an experienced western rider should be able to just look at and feel your horse's back and tell you what size you should probably need. Most average sized horses I have ridden can be comfortably ridden in a 30 inch western cinch. Many on-line stores don't allow you to choose what width you need for your horse, but there is a company in New Mexico that has really good quality saddles and VERY good prices. Plus, they are custom made saddles so you can get exactly what you need/want. My brother has one from this company on a Modified Association tree and it is the most comfortable saddle I have ever sat in. It wouldn't hurt to give them a call after you get an idea of what you want and just see what they say. I am not sure if they ship to Canada or not but it wouldn't hurt to ask. You won't find a better custom made saddle for the price. I think their base price is $600.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-16-2009, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thank-you so much for the information! Probably I would need a full QH one then because the mare I'm getting is very stocky. I will look into that site too.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-17-2009, 02:11 AM
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I love this site. It has been very useful for reference and learning. Hope this helps.

BTW~ I'd hold off on buying a saddle until you get the horse for proper measurements. It's a total bummer to buy a $600 saddle only to find out on the first test ride that it doesn't fit, especially if you buy it without a return policy.

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-17-2009, 09:45 AM
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Ifyour horse is stocky, I definately think it will fit your horse..., it fits 5 out of 8 of my horses!!!
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-17-2009, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for that site for fitting saddles! That is very informative! I am thinking of probably waiting till I get the mare to get a saddle so I know it is the right fit. But I am just gathering all the information I can for when I get one.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-17-2009, 08:33 PM
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Equus, waiting until you get your horse is the right way to do it. Spending the time from now until spring gives you plenty of time to do it right.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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