Hi I am looking at purchasing a crates saddle(used). The saddle has Equi fit bars. I have never heard of those? Are they simaler to quater horse bars?
Be careful, there are 2 different Steele tree companys and 2 different Crates companys. One is a knock off the other.Equi-Fit is a Trademark for a Tree built by the Steele Saddle Tree Company.
Steele Make Semi, Reg., Full QH Bars and a few others using that Trademark.
You will have to ask the Selle what the Bars or Gullet Size is to know if it would fit your Horse.
Steele Makes a good Tree and Crates make a good Saddle
I've just recently figured that out. I also noticed that the GW Crate is changing its name. Maybe got some flack for using the CratesVida, I think you have it incorrect. The Steel Tree that you have as the knockoff is the real Steel Tree company Steele Saddle Tree LLC - Fit To The Horse who makes trees for the majority of the name brand saddles out there.
The one you have listed as the real Steel is actually a saddle maker and a tree maker.
Both are very well made, neither is a knockoff.
I remember reading the writeup on Rider's Choice website some time ago and GW Crate was a relative of the owner. What is it being changed to?I've just recently figured that out. I also noticed that the GW Crate is changing its name. Maybe got some flack for using the Crates
Ah that makes sense. I wondered which was better, the Crates or GW. It looks like they use the same tree.Crates Saddle Co is out of Chattanooga TN
GW Crates is Saddle Maker who works at Riders Choice in Bryant AL
I do not know of a blood relationship, but I heard form a few good sources GW Crates is a play on the Alphabet to get some business :lol::lol:
PS, quality is night and day difference between Riders Choice and Crates, the Original out of Choo-Choo City is superior, IMO
They both use Steele on the GW Crates and Crates models, the Riders Choice used Ralide too.It looks like they use the same tree.
I have an email into Steele Equi-fit. I like the form saddle fitting idea of theirs. I'm guessing we don't have a fitter anywhere near us though :-(