Buying first saddle - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 27 Old 09-23-2014, 03:39 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Posts: 4,863
• Horses: 1
I personally have found barrel saddles to be a sort of "tight" seat with not much movement, I don't know what size you are looking for, but if you're meeting halfway in sizing you might find a barrel too constrictive as opposed to a more flatter style seat.
Saskia is offline  
post #22 of 27 Old 09-23-2014, 03:43 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 16,205
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saskia View Post
I personally have found barrel saddles to be a sort of "tight" seat with not much movement, I don't know what size you are looking for, but if you're meeting halfway in sizing you might find a barrel too constrictive as opposed to a more flatter style seat.
I agree with this. I can ride a 16" barrel saddle, while I need a 17" seat in a flatter saddle.
Posted via Mobile Device
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #23 of 27 Old 09-23-2014, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Northern MN
Posts: 34
• Horses: 4
It is a Tex Tan Hereford, yes.

We took the saddle home for trial last night. It seemed to us like it fit up fine, but neither of us have much experience. We're having a friend come over today to check it out for us.

The horse rode around great with it. Even my wife let her break into a lope! (She usually is content walking and trotting, at the most) One weird thing was the first time I started trotting around, she coughed a number of times. But then stopped. It was weird because I hadn't heard her doing that before, but we've only had her for three weeks.

Hope these photos work:
Gullet (EDIT: not sure why this pic won't orient correctly):


Left side:


Back:


Right:


We checked fit with our hand, and the only part that concerned me a little is that it seemed tightest right where the front of the bars land behind her shoulders. That may be evident in the first photo above. Perhaps I had the saddle too far forward in these pics? I followed directions from what I read online and what the saddle owner told me - set it on somewhat-too-far forward, then slid back until it seemed to "land just right" on her. I think the front of the bars were behind her shoulders. We had about 2 fingers clearance above the withers, and could snugly run a hand along the bars front-to-back. Saddle didn't rock on her, seemed to lay nicely.

Anyway, then we put on a pad and rode her for about 20 - 30 minutes, and she really seemed fine. We weren't running barrels or herding cattle, of course, but I got her to work up a sweat.

Also, we finally got to talk to her previous owner more last night. They had three different saddles they used on her, and unfortunately she didn't know if they were FQHBs or semi's.

I'm very open to hear what you guys think, if you can really say much just off the pictures and my description. And again, we're planning on getting an experienced friend's opinion in person tonight. Thanks for all your help!

Last edited by JAultman; 09-23-2014 at 10:29 AM.
JAultman is offline  
post #24 of 27 Old 09-23-2014, 01:31 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 8,228
• Horses: 1
Subbing (: I don't know much about western saddles, but am curious.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
Zexious is offline  
post #25 of 27 Old 09-23-2014, 05:12 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 22,320
• Horses: 0
I would say that saddle is a bit big for her. If it's FQHB, then I would say she likely needs a semi. It's a touch wide through the gullet though that can be remedied with a thicker pad. However, that place that concerned you is also what concerns me. It appears the angles of the bars are too flat for her back, causing all the pressure to be on the tops of the bars instead of across their entire width. It's fitting her about like the drawing here on the right
smrobs is offline  
post #26 of 27 Old 09-24-2014, 12:39 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Virginia USA
Posts: 2,490
• Horses: 1
You should be able to find a decent saddle for $500. My mom blessed me with a beautiful dressage saddle from a secondhand tack shop. We got it for a little over $500, it had some minor wear. It's an excellent saddle made in Vienna, not from a well known brand though. When I looked the same saddle up new, it was 2 thousand dollars! I'm in love with it, it's like a leather armchair
horseluvr2524 is offline  
post #27 of 27 Old 09-24-2014, 11:46 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,913
• Horses: 0
That saddle is too wide for her.
Left Hand Percherons is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
buying first saddle polowrapfiend Horse Tack and Equipment 4 04-23-2014 09:15 AM
Buying a Saddle animallove Horse Tack and Equipment 1 01-27-2013 09:02 PM
Buying a new saddle Help please LadyRichards Horse Tack and Equipment 3 11-07-2012 06:48 PM
Buying a saddle. spookychick13 Western Riding 18 02-25-2011 11:16 PM
Buying a new saddle Prairies Dixie Lee Horse Tack and Equipment 3 08-29-2009 09:49 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome