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  1. saddle fit

    In the top picture on your last post, you can really see where the saddle is pinching her right under where the conchos are.
  2. saddle fit

    In the top picture on your last post, you can really see where the saddle is pinching her right under where the conchos are.
  3. Interesting saddle..

    Just as an FYI.....Martin Saddlery is now owned by Professional Equine. The original Martin people started a new saddle company called Cactus Saddlery.
  4. Interesting saddle..

    Just as an FYI.....Martin Saddlery is now owned by Professional Equine. The original Martin people started a new saddle company called Cactus Saddlery.
  5. Rawlide vs. Wood Tree

    I am looking for a new trail saddle and wondered if anyone has opinions on Rawlide trees? My current saddle has a wood tree but most "trail" saddles now have the lighter weight rawlide tree in them. I am just trying to get some feedback before I spend the $$$. Thanks !!
  6. saddle fit

    After looking more closely at the pictures, it looks like in picture 6 that the withers and the gullet are pretty close to touching at the back and you don't even have the saddle cinched. Once you cinch that saddle up, there is probably very little clearance. You should be able to get 2 1/2 to 3 fingers between the horses withers and the gullet......front and back. It looks like the angle of the saddle in the front is too wide which is making it sit too low at the gullet and pinching where the base of the pommel contacts the horse. Beause this angle is too wide, it is contacting too closely in the front near the withers and is too loose towards the bottom of the skirt in front.
  7. saddle fit

    After looking more closely at the pictures, it looks like in picture 6 that the withers and the gullet are pretty close to touching at the back and you don't even have the saddle cinched. Once you cinch that saddle up, there is probably very little clearance. You should be able to get 2 1/2 to 3 fingers between the horses withers and the gullet......front and back. It looks like the angle of the saddle in the front is too wide which is making it sit too low at the gullet and pinching where the base of the pommel contacts the horse. Beause this angle is too wide, it is contacting too closely in the front near the withers and is too loose towards the bottom of the skirt in front.
  8. Trail horse pricing....how much would you pay?

    Hey BuddyRoo......would she be a good kids horse? That seems to be much more marketable around here and brings more money than a "trail" horse. Just a thought.
  9. sunbleached mane

    There are products on the market for coats, manes, and tails that contain sunscreen and prevent sun bleaching. Try looking at ValletVet or Country Supply to see if they list anything. I'll try to remember to look and see what I bought next time I'm at the barn.
  10. sunbleached mane

    There are products on the market for coats, manes, and tails that contain sunscreen and prevent sun bleaching. Try looking at ValletVet or Country Supply to see if they list anything. I'll try to remember to look and see what I bought next time I'm at the barn.
  11. Opinions on Rawlide Trees

    I am looking at a saddle that has a rawlide tree. I would be using this saddle for pleasure riding and trail riding......no roping or serious work off it......and I was wondering if anyone has had good or bad experiences with a rawlide tree? Any input is appreciated.
  12. Opinions on Rawlide Trees

    I am looking at a saddle that has a rawlide tree. I would be using this saddle for pleasure riding and trail riding......no roping or serious work off it......and I was wondering if anyone has had good or bad experiences with a rawlide tree? Any input is appreciated.
  13. saddle fit

    There are tons of great saddle fit articles on the internet. Just do a google search for saddle fit and you will learn a ton. I did come across this interesting piece of information. Although pads can help, remember that they change the fit of the saddle. "Pads artificially make the horse's body wider, so the tree has to accommodate the fact that you've made the body wider, "says Witty. "Often, more padding will give you two surfaces in the front, and one in the back. It doubles the lift in the front, creating an imbalance." It looked to me from your pictures that the saddle was OK, but if you are using a thick pad, I can see where it would be too tight at the base of the pommel.
  14. saddle fit

    There are tons of great saddle fit articles on the internet. Just do a google search for saddle fit and you will learn a ton. I did come across this interesting piece of information. Although pads can help, remember that they change the fit of the saddle. "Pads artificially make the horse's body wider, so the tree has to accommodate the fact that you've made the body wider, "says Witty. "Often, more padding will give you two surfaces in the front, and one in the back. It doubles the lift in the front, creating an imbalance." It looked to me from your pictures that the saddle was OK, but if you are using a thick pad, I can see where it would be too tight at the base of the pommel.
  15. I still think that if she doesn't turn out to be a race horse, she should be able to jump a mile high with those long legs !!!! My stubby little QH gelding would be very jealous of those legs. I can already imagine her in perfect form floating over a 4' jump like it was nothing.