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post #1 of 15 Old 03-05-2017, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Saddles,Please help.

I am going to get a new horse and I am wondering what brand of saddles I should look for.I ride western and am going to use the horse for pleasure riding.I am sure I am going to get a ranch saddle,I just want to know what to look for.I am also probably going to get a used one.
I am new to horses and this forum,so thank you for the help.
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-05-2017, 04:27 PM
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It all depends on the horse. The saddle must fit the horse, so no use buying one until after you get the horse. After that, I'm sure there are plenty of knowledgeable people here who can help you. One great resource is horsesaddleshop.com. They have lots of saddle fitting info on the site, including templates you can download to determine the tree size you need. After that it's a matter of determining the bar angles that will fit that particular horse. Confused yet? Saddle fitting is frustrating for experienced horse owners so you'll need all the help you can get. You've come to the right place!
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-05-2017, 10:58 PM
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Agreed with Danis, it is required to buy the saddle after you get the horse. You can use the measurements, sometimes take the saddle with you to see if it fits correctly...
Also depends on the breed, how high their wither is - or if they're under weight/severe lack of muscle. I had to wait 5 months until my boy put on the correct weight and muscle to get the right fit.
I love the Horse Line saddles, so comfy, great quality & look pretty at the same time for a decent price. I love mine! ♥ it is also a second hand one.
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-05-2017, 11:34 PM
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if you are planning on mostly trail riding, you don't need a 'ranch' saddle. they are generally very heavy, though they can often be very well made.


as to brands, I think Crates makes a very nice Western saddle. but, as in all saddles. you are better off getting a good quality used one verses a mediocre quality new one..
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-06-2017, 07:31 AM
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Hi, first & foremost, as others have said, the saddle needs to fit the horse well. So wait until you have a horse - otherwise it would be like... buying a pair of shoes for a child that's coming to stay, when you don't know the age, size, sex of the child - it would be rare luck if you found one that will do.

A bit of an exception - but by no means complete, they still don't fit or are suitable for all - is if you go treeless, or a *good* flexible tree or adjustable saddle.

Agree with Tiny that unless you have a need for the specific, don't buy a heavy saddle. Westerns can be pretty big & heavy generally, and an endurance or trail type would probably be better for pleasure riding. There are also 'half breeds' or 'cross breeds' which are often also lighter still & are Western type, but usually without the horn, & include other features of an Aussie stock saddle.
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-06-2017, 01:44 PM
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the 'half-breeds' saddles are very rare in the US. they look like a saddle I'd be interested in trying.
in general, I don't really like western saddles. they are so heavy to carry around, and often hard on my knees. but that is neither here nor there.
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Thank you all for the replies.I will look up the suggestions and research more about the saddle types you guys have been really helpful.
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tinyliny
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DanisMom
I am a begginer to horse stuff so this is very helpful.I hope to continue my education.Thanks again.
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post #8 of 15 Old 03-06-2017, 05:39 PM
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Agree with not getting any heavier saddle than you need, and if you are not showing, rodeoing, or ranching, you aren't going to need a lot of saddle. Look at the endurance/trail types of western saddles, many are quite light. If you have a tight budget, consider a synthetic saddle. I loathe synthetics myself (aesthetically) so I'm just being practical telling you this :>)

The most important thing is fitting the horse. The second most important thing is fitting yourself. They are both, however, pretty darn essential.

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post #9 of 15 Old 03-06-2017, 10:29 PM
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No worries! Good luck!

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post #10 of 15 Old 03-06-2017, 11:39 PM
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Tiny, halfbreeds are I think more common than straight Westerns here these days. Especially on working stock horses. I think of them as the good points of a Western, with the advantage of having a channel, rather than flat & being adjustable fit of a stock - flock filling - and doing away with the excessive bulk and weight of most westerns. I think your Western endurance types could be classed as a 'crossbreed'.
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