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Re: Saddle tree question

I have a similarly described horse, and the only saddle that has ever fit
her is the one I just got, the Arab Abetta saddle.  It is the widest tree I
have ever seen yet.
I had previously tried various wide tree westerns, Wintec Aussie, AMerican
professional End saddle (QH bars, too much rock).
IMHO the Arab tree is flatter, the QH tree has more rock.
I could not/cannot afford custom made, so this is working for Saffy.
(fingers crossed)
Good luck,

Sarah McIntosh & Saffy (75 miles) & Tawny (no miles)
Abbotsford, BC
----- Original Message -----
From: Jennifer Thompson <>
To: Ridecamp <>
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 10:43 AM
Subject: RC: Saddle tree question

> Hi all,
> Am posting for a friend who just bought a new arab gelding.  This
> gelding has a very wide, flat back, with low withers.  I guess he would
> be what is called "mutton withered."  He is a very solid, husky type,
> with his barrel being shaped much like, well, a barrel!  To ride him,
> you feel like you'll be split in two.  LOL  He is not tucked up at all
> underneath, but is not fat.  He is just solidly round from front to
> back, with his back being very flat and wide and low-withered.
> He has big white marks on either side of his withers from previous
> owners not using a saddle that fits.  My friend currently only has a
> semi-quarter tree saddle that obviously does not fit either, and is
> leaving dry spots right where the white marks are.
> She needs to go saddle shopping.  To start, should she look for
> full-quarter bars, or "Arab" bars on a saddle?  What is the difference?
>  Which one is wider with a flatter pitch and wider gullet?   We just
> need a starting point, and with so many saddles advertised, need to
> start narrowing down the search.  She also wants to find a very
> lightweight saddle, not terribly expensive, maybe sythetic, or
> leather/synthetic combo.
> Thanks,
> Jennifer
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