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Broff
Jul. 15, 2011, 02:19 PM
I am looking for a saddle for a 16H rather slab-sided Standie with high withers. I would prefer western with a very cushy seat. I was thinking of the Abetta Gaited Trail saddle with cushy seat. Opinion? Suggestions?

katarine
Jul. 15, 2011, 03:43 PM
Contact Crestridge Saddlery- they can help you with fit for your A Frame boy :)

GoWithTheFlow
Jul. 15, 2011, 05:08 PM
This !^^^^^^ Crestridge Saddlery !!!

I'm getting my new saddle from there when I have the money .

GallopingGrape
Jul. 16, 2011, 04:16 PM
The Abetta has a cushy seat but its a very narrow seat and quiet uncomfortable! Dakota makes a nice saddle, for the high wither narrow fella... Circle Y Synthetic in the 03 tree could work... Tucker's narrow tree possibly.... so many you just have to try them and see what fits.
Kim
www.GallopingGrape.com

txladybug
Jul. 18, 2011, 10:51 AM
I have bought two Crestridge saddles for slab sided gaited horses. One needed the regular tree, one needed the wide tree. Both worked well! Debra at Crestridge could give you a definitive assessment of your horses conformation and whether it would work through her fitting process. http://www.crestridgesaddlery.com/saddle_fitting.html

Abetta's dont work well for this conformation. I agree Tucker Medium tree might work or there is also the new FB tree. See this: http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/press-release/archive/2010/04/06/tucker-trail-saddles-releases-two-new-saddles-with-new-fb-fit-tree.aspx (http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/press-release/archive/2010/04/06/tucker-trail-saddles-releases-two-new-saddles-with-new-fb-fit-tree.aspx)

Also consider doing the Steele tree fitting process through Dixieland Saddles or Alleghany Mountain Trail Saddles.
http://trailridingsaddles.com/
(http://trailridingsaddles.com/)
http:
//www.dixielandgaitedsaddles.com/ (http://www.dixielandgaitedsaddles.com/)

Getting the right fit really matters for gaited horse breeds. Good luck!

Broff
Jul. 18, 2011, 03:50 PM
The problem with this guy is that he has very pronounced withers and a very very deep girth. He is almost built like a TB but he is a gaited Standie with the temperament of a Mini! Talk about breed confusion!

I will probably have to go the custom route. I need a very cushion seat because I have no padding of my own and I ended up with blisters over my seatbones a few times!

Thank you for all the suggestions. I need to save a little more before I can afford custom made but I think it is worth my while.