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post #21 of 30 Old 04-15-2010, 01:22 PM
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The saddle on kijiji looks cheap, Asian made. I would not buy it.
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post #22 of 30 Old 04-15-2010, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thats good to know that it would likely fit her. I'll get a normal saddle pad.

Luvs2ride - Do you think the tree is not good on the saddle? The problem is I don't have the money for a real expensive saddle. As long as it fits her properly and is in good shape I'm not so worried about how expensive a saddle is. Yet, I don't want something that is junk either. What would be the downside of the saddle - it just would not last as long?

What about these saddles? Only problem is I don't know what bars they have. I would have to find out.

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-pets-oth...AdIdZ198038342

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-pets-liv...AdIdZ197922765

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post #23 of 30 Old 04-17-2010, 02:17 AM
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Cheap Asian made saddles usually have fiberglass trees that aren't well made. They often don't fit horses well and they can break, crack, or warp over time. The leather and hardware can break or wear out quickly as well. You're better off going synthetic or older/used.

The second link, the 15" Trail Saddle is definitely an Asian cheapy. The two saddles in the first link are hard to tell. The older one with the black seat is probably decent. Almost any saddle made before the 1980s is going to be okay.
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post #24 of 30 Old 04-18-2010, 04:14 AM
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Please- do not tighten the rear cinch like that. Western saddles have a rear cinch not to hold the saddle down tight, but to keep the back of the saddle from popping up and slapping down. It should show daylight between the cinch and the belly, but not enough that a horse could get a hoof between the cinch and the belly. A good guide would be that you can slide your whole hand between the cinch and the belly.

If that rear cinch slides back, it will hang up on her flanks and can act as a bucking strap.

Most have a keeper strap that connects the front and rear cinches together.
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post #25 of 30 Old 04-18-2010, 02:55 PM
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smallish to me, and instead of using a small rag to make a saddle pad either buy a real saddle pad or at least get a thicker and wider pad!! :)

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the 2 finger rule does not apply until you have a pad and sit in the saddle. I made that mistake thinking the saddle would fit and that I had plenty of clearance. I did until I put weight in the saddle and then it rubbed. It was past my return period so I am stuck with it. 1600.00 circle Y. won't make that mistake again.
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smallish to me, and instead of using a small rag to make a saddle pad either buy a real saddle pad or at least get a thicker and wider pad!! :)
OP stated in her first post she hadn't gotten a saddle pad yet- just put a rug underneath so we could see what it would look like with a pad. =)

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #28 of 30 Old 04-20-2010, 12:45 PM
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More of what everyone else said, it looks to far foward & narrow. Ride her in it for about 20 to 30 minutes with the pad you are going to use, take it off & look for dry spots.

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post #29 of 30 Old 04-20-2010, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice! I got a proper saddle pad and put that under the saddle. It seems to have plenty of gullet height now and fit her fine. I emailed the people we got it from and they said it looks fine now. She doesn't seem at all uncomfortable at the trot or lope and I don't see any dry spots on her.
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post #30 of 30 Old 04-25-2010, 07:03 PM
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when you are saddling pull the pad up into the gullet to keep pressure off her, sit in it and then check clearance. Can't tell when your weight is not in it.
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