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RE: The Saddle Hunt - One more time...
Congrats on your new horse!! We just got a new youngster (4 yo) and
we're faced with finding a saddle to fit him, too. We already have 11
saddles that don't fit him (but fit everyone else). Aaarrggh! (And I
promised my husband that the next horse would fit a saddle we already
have!) :-O I'm hoping to barter some other tack for a saddle that
fits him until he gets into condition.
Reconsider wanting the horn - if you ride where it is hilly or where you
have to go up some steep inclines, you won't like it. Ever get hung on the
horn by your bra? (Explain that to your boyfriend!) Ever get hit in
the chest so hard that you go to the hospital with a bruised heart? (My
friend nearly died after he was hit as they lounged up a steep
embankment.) You DON'T want to do it!! Horn are for roping - not
endurance! (Only exception in my book is if the horse is hard to fit &
it's the ONLY saddle you've found that otherwise fits.)
want the added security for bucks and high speed turns & shies, consider an
australian saddle with poleys or an endurance saddle with thigh blocks.
They are life savers! A hornless pommel is nice if you are used to a
western style saddle. You probably don't want a saddle that sits you to
the rear in a pocket like some western saddles. You won't be over the
horse's center of balance and you will both get sore.
has a longer back that is relatively flat (but with withers) the Orthoflex
saddles may work for him. They have western english & endurance models
with flexible hinged panels to conform to his back. These saddles are LONG
which is why mine doesn't fit the new fella. I'm using an OF Express Lite
which is a cross between an english & western saddle in the seat, a hornless
pommel, and a very balanced position for the stirrups. It works great on
my LARGE 16H polish arab.
Saare makes western & endurance models of saddle on a variety of trees that
are sized. If you need a size C tree, it will be the same in every saddle
she makes. There are a variety of folks who saddle fit for her all over
the US. (She was one of the original saddle makers for endurance
saddles.) Call her for the nearest saddle fitter at:
Saddles by Sharon Saare
4424 West Country Road 4
go with a western style, try to get stirrup leathers (under the fenders) that
are narrower than 2". The thick wide ones will make your knees
ache. Also look for a rigging that is either adjustable from center fire
to full, or one that is 3/4, 5/8, or center fire depending on your horse's
conformation. Center fire works if the horse doesn't have a wide rib cage
that narrows directly behind the front legs. Those horses do better with
5/8 or 3/4". Try to get a dropped rigging to get bulk out from under
your leg. (Then try to find those SHORT girths!) Look for lots of
loops to hang everything but the kitchen sink. (A plastic bleach bottle
will have to hold water instead.)
young or not in endurance shape, remember that his back will change shape in the
next couple of years. You may want to buy used & trade the saddle
later. You won't lose money that way since most good quality used saddles
hold their value.
bright side, look at the conditioning that YOU are getting chasing him down with
that saddle on your shoulder!!!
Blue Wolf Ranch
Bruceton Mills, WV
just got a brand new, very nifty, arab gelding. Unfortunately my
current saddles are not gonna work on him, his name is Sabre and I think
they named him for his withers... <bg> He's not
terribly thin, just a rather lanky boy. After chasing him in a
circle with my boyfriend's 65 pound roping saddle on my shoulder, I have
decided I need a new saddle that's light AND fits him. What companys
sell saddles with trees that work well on high withered lanky
arabs? Any advice would be appreciated, my experience with
endurance saddles is VERY limited. (like non-existent!) I
usually ride a barrel saddle but I sold it before I got Sabre and am now
stuck with the aforementioned really-large-boyfriend-saddle. In the
interest of self-preservation, I would like to find one with a saddle horn.
Sabre "You mean
like this?" WEEEEEEEEE!!!
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