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Saddles for QH Built

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  • Saddles for QH Built

    I've been noticing that every saddle I look at looks like it would fit a TB type of horse. What saddles are out there that actually tend to fit the QH type of horses? I mean like a more flat back and being more rounder (stout) than your everyday average TB? I'm looking for a close contact saddle.

  • #2
    There are a lot of threads on here with recommendations for wide-shouldered horses, so if you do a search, you'll probably find a lot of saddles to consider.

    That's how I decided to try the Thornhill for my 1/2 draft. I love it. I have the Berlin.

    Good luck.
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    • #3
      I use a PJ on my Paint mare, it fits her well. The QH trainer I know uses Antares on her QH's, and there is a saddle called the Alliance designed by Lynn Palm specifically for stock breed types.

      I was at AQHA World last week for the Hunter classes and saw a little of everything on the QH's- Antares, CWD's, Pessoas, Butet's, ect. Thornhills also fit the wider horses.


      • #4
        I use a Pessoa A/O on my QH.


        • #5
          I've used a Dominus (wide) on my QH's once upon a time. It fit them REALLY well. The saddle threw me forward a bit but I dealt with it. It took me 9 months to find a saddle that fit the QH nice enough...unfortunately it just didn't fit me. Dominus saddles are no longer manufactured. The older ones are nice, the newer-old ones are crap.


          • #6
            I use a Smith-Worthington on mine -- that saddle fits everything, I swear it is majikal. I also have a PJ and it isn't wide enough for my appendix.


            • #7
              I have a Bates Caprilli I keep on hand because it has the interchangeable gullet that fits everything in my barn from the super narrow tb mare to the wide load qh. It also came with a measuring device so I know I use the correct gullet.

              The Caprilli has a deep seat so if you are looking for something flatter they have come out with some models with a flatter seat.


              • #8
                I use a Pessoa A/O on my paint, too. She is built very like a QH. I have a Bates Caprilli that doesn't fit her well with the MW (I think) gullet (too low in front), but it fits my TB so well I hate to change it.


                • #9
                  I second the PJ suggestions. The Amerigo Vega might work as well, seems to have a similiar fit (at least the one I tried), but less $


                  • #10
                    I have a Butet and I use it on my Appendix QH.
                    "Many are riders; many are craftsmen; but few are artists on horseback."
                    ~George Morris


                    • #11
                      I tried an Antares and a Hastilow (both wide) that fit my QH beautifully, but they cost 3-4x as much as he did, so that didn't happen. d;

                      Instead I got a Collegiate convertible Diploma--had both that and the Alumni recommended to me. It fits him well on the wide gullet, and I like it.
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                      • #12
                        If your horse is a "true" QH build, NO french style saddles are ever going to fit...they are all shaped for a more roof-backed horse, no matter how wide the front gets, the back won't. If it's a QH that has no wither, no major curves, and a flat back, I would recommend a Black Country hoop tree, older Crosbys (not too old, but late 90's on) or County's. Anything shaped like that. Good luck for your saddle search! It's been a year trying to find one for my
                        "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."


                        • #13
                          I have a QH and I ended up getting a custom County Stabilizer and I love it. My horse also likes it. The saddle rep said a regular saddle wouldn't fit my horse because he needs a medium narrow tree.


                          • #14
                            I use the Amerigo Vega wide tree on my AQHA gelding. I love it!
                            ~Soft hands, Strong legs, Quiet mind~


                            • #15
                              I bought a Lynn Palm CC off ebay for my QH lesson horse. Fits him well, and I often end up using it on wide training horses.
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                              • #16
                                Amerigo Close contact wide tree. Lovely saddle, fits well.

                                I tested the Black Country Quantums with the hoop tree before I bought a saddle and I felt up too high over the horse, like I was hovering over his back, not sitting on it. Saddle was mega comfortable, but I didn't feel like I was about to wrap myself around the horse.
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                                • #17
                                  I used a Beval Devon Wide. Sonny is Sonny Dee Bar, Impressive breeding so think halter horse. Big popping shoulder muscles and well sprung ribs.
                                  I have also used that saddle on a Percheron/TB cross that was 1560 lbs and 16.3H. Yes, that weight is correct. My trainer has a horse scale at the barn.
                                  Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Ainsley688 View Post
                                    If your horse is a "true" QH build, ... If it's a QH that has no wither, no major curves, and a flat back....
                                    My Arabian mare fits this description to a T! LOL We finally ended up with a 36 cm Duett Rondo. I am in LOVE with this saddle, it's really wonderful to ride in and the quality for the price is excellent.