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Jul. 15, 2011, 01:19 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?
Jul. 15, 2011, 02:43 PM
Contact Crestridge Saddlery- they can help you with fit for your A Frame boy :)
Jul. 15, 2011, 04:08 PM
This !^^^^^^ Crestridge Saddlery !!!
I'm getting my new saddle from there when I have the money .
Jul. 16, 2011, 03:16 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.
Jul. 18, 2011, 09:51 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.
Getting the right fit really matters for gaited horse breeds. Good luck!
Jul. 18, 2011, 02:50 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.