View Full Version : Need some saddle rec's for a no withered qh/paint

Jul. 3, 2012, 11:58 AM
I'm looking for some suggestions for my next saddle. I need to buy a new one for my paint once we get settled in here. Logi is an APHA but with QH lines so he has the QH shoulder, wide back and pain in the donkey saddle fitting issues.
I am looking for both dressage and jumping saddle to fit his cute butt but being virtually witherless and broad backed, and needing QH cut, I just don't know where to start. I was riding him in a Thorowgood but I sold it because it just didn't fit me well (I have back problems myself).
So here's a link from earlier this year. Sorry he is grazing (and apparently had been rough housing withhis brothers too!), not the best shot but any shot of Logi is an action shot so its's very difficult to get him to stand pretty for the camera lol


Hopefully the link will work ;)

I want black leather for him and am needing something padded for me. When he gets here, if I can find a saddle fitter, I will get him fitted properly but for now, I am bored and am looking for some recommendations to window shop (read: drool over lol)

Thanks everyone :)

Jul. 3, 2012, 01:39 PM
There are some saddles made with a U shaped tree instead of the typical V shaped trees that do well on wider more quarter horsey type backs. Trumble Mountain's webpage that discusses that is here: http://www.trumbullmtn.com/saddle-fitting/the-wide-horse-challenge/

Jul. 3, 2012, 02:01 PM
Thanks! Tha's an awesome link!

Jul. 3, 2012, 04:37 PM
I love my Black Country Maelstrom from Trumbull Mountain. I was also using a Thorowgood that was not terribly comfortable.

It fit my wide bodied mare perfectly and is super comfortable for me.

It also comes in black!

Jul. 3, 2012, 05:02 PM
do you have more pics of him?
He actually looks rather narrow to me...

when I think wide I picture this horse who I rode for a while:
(I'm 6 feet tall--if that give reference as to how wide her back is to take up my entire upper leg)

and here are the two saddles I used on her:
1st before weight loss--2nd after weight loss. lol.

Jul. 3, 2012, 06:32 PM
I use Collegiate convertible saddles (dressage: Mentor, jumping: Diploma) on my half QH mare -- she has a flatter back like this one, instead of the banana back that so many saddles are made for. Stubben, Courbette, Barnsby, and Neidersuss saddles were some on the "nope!" list for us. I also like the Collegiate quality for the price!

Jul. 4, 2012, 01:55 AM
I have purplnurpl's "after" saddle now--it's a Thornhill Germania spring tree in XW. LOVE IT. Wide enough for THIS BACK:
but still has a high enough pommel. One of the problems I ran into with the U-shaped trees is that they really tend to sit right DOWN on the withers, which of course you also don't want.
Your horse isn't *that* wide so you will have lots of options.
HDR is making a QH-specific saddle in XW, under $1,000. You might give that a go. :)