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  • Saddle to fit a variety of big horses?

    I need a new saddle pronto. I need one to fit a variety of big 17+ hand horses. I'm interested in the Tad Coffin saddle but would like to know what else is available that would fit a variety of large horses.

    Antares? CWD? Luc Childeric? County? BD?

    Help!
    Last edited by tidy rabbit; May. 8, 2009, 12:21 PM.
    Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

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    While I *loved* my Tad, it did not fit a big enough variety of horses for my purposes. Mine fit the mutton-withered and big shouldered and big-everything Warmbloods, but didn't fit my Hanoverian/TB, the Holsteiner I was riding, and only worked for 1 of the 5 ponies I was riding.

    I *love* my Antares and have found this saddle to fit everything from the 17.2 hand elephant/giraffe cross to the QH's I ride at school for IHSA, to 99% of the ponies. Plus it's super comfy

    I still remember my boss during high school sitting on my hunter in my Tad saying "No wonder you two don't like to sit!" (his gf rode in one too... he found it too, erm, restricting? ) It was my favorite saddle until I had to ride 5+ horses a day... then I traded it for my Antares.

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    • #3
      Given what I know about the models you listed, I'd go with an XW/#5 County. That's plenty wide for most horses, and "appropriately" wide such that you can properly pad up a huge variety of more narrow horses.

      You might be able to get away with a #4/W County, as long as you're not riding something "stupid wide" as pintopiaffe says

      I found a wide tree Vega, or PJ, to be among the wider of the "wide" trees that I've seen, so those might be options.

      Of course, that's ONLY dealing with the width, and has no bearing on the front-back shape of the saddle. For that, I'd go with something no less curvy than a County. For the occasional ride you can make a curvier tree work on a flatter back, but you *cannot* make a too-straight tree work on a curvy back.
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      • #4
        Antares

        Another vote for Antares! I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine!! It fits my 16.2 Hano, and the 17h Oldenburg building I used to ride.

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        • #5
          i know which saddle will work...MINE! Send them all to me and you will have no worries!!
          "If you are nervous you arent focused-if you are focused, there is no room for nerves!"

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          • #6
            Modifying JB's statement about curvy trees. Beware the wide curvy tree (usually French as opposed to British) on horses it doesn't fit. When these come with the very thin foam panels made popular by Butet, they tend to roll (front to back) as you post. That will hurt a horse's back, pronto. Ask me how I know....Yikes.
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              #7
              Originally posted by bhrunner06 View Post
              i know which saddle will work...MINE! Send them all to me and you will have no worries!!
              Ha! That doesn't help at all. I was just thinking about offering you 100 bucks for that muddy chestnut horse you've got in your barn.
              Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mvp View Post
                Modifying JB's statement about curvy trees. Beware the wide curvy tree (usually French as opposed to British) on horses it doesn't fit. When these come with the very thin foam panels made popular by Butet, they tend to roll (front to back) as you post. That will hurt a horse's back, pronto. Ask me how I know....Yikes.
                Yes, too curvy and you can't make it work on a too-flat back - no amount of padding will take up the slack there
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                • #9
                  I'd also look into the Wide tree Amerigo Vega. Its not french, but its still a pretty nice saddle

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                  • #10
                    I am personally a Childeric fan...don't own one, but rode in one for quite a while and I loooooved it. It fit a lot of horses.
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                    • #11
                      Another vote for the Luc Childrec. A couple people in the barn have them and they fit a wide variety of horses. A good friend that is a trainer loves the LC because it does fit a lot of different horses.

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                      • #12
                        i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Tolga <3
                        It fits everything from my 14.1 pony, to my 15.3 refined hunter, to my 16.3 big built argentinian jumper, to my trainers giant stallion - and all very well!!
                        I've ridden in Antares (which would be my next choice), butet, cwd, childeric, etc... the tolga is my favorite by far.

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                        • #13
                          Look at Amerigo, County, or Devoucoux. Antares and Tads do not have enough clearance for high withered horses.

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                            Originally posted by Bearhunter View Post
                            Look at Amerigo, County, or Devoucoux. Antares and Tads do not have enough clearance for high withered horses.
                            Agree re: Antares and Tads, which is a pity because they both feel great on the bum.

                            I'm not a huge Devoucoux fan for fitting a wide variety of horses--there's something funky about some of their panel shapes.

                            If my primary interest was horse fit + comfort and I was willing to sacrifice on "going to last me forever", I would go with Amerigo.

                            If I needed something that would fit a lot of horses, be comfortable for the rider, AND had the sturdy non-calfskin leather to take a beating for 10+ years at a time, I'd look at a County or Black Country (being careful with Black Country to order one of the models with better wither clearance, but since Black Country is 30% cheaper than County it's still well worth a look).
                            Last edited by jn4jenny; May. 8, 2009, 04:18 PM.
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                              Originally posted by JB View Post
                              You might be able to get away with a #4/W County, as long as you're not riding something "stupid wide" as pintopiaffe says
                              I have a wide County Stabilzer, it has worked on anything I put it on. It was made for my 15.2hh Hanoverian mare with little wither and really wide shoulders. My new lease horse is nearly 17hh with high withers and it fits him too.
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                              • #16
                                Tidy,
                                "big" as in big/wide or "big" as in tall?
                                I've got a 17'3" Selle Francais gelding. Huge shoulder and big withers - but not a "wide" horse.
                                A CWD fits him really well -

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                                  #17
                                  Is the CWD saddle wool or foam flocked?
                                  Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm grooming for someone with big (average at least 17hh) warmbloods right now. They have CWDs (sorry I don't know the tree size though) and they seem pretty versatile to me, as the panels aren't super curvy or super flat. There is one devoucoux there, and I really don't think it's as good, we had been doing 3 horses in it and had to take it off one for fit.

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                                    • #19
                                      Tidy...HAHAHAHAHA Hes not for sale!! I will sell you the buckskin baby though, but Guinness...not for sale for another year or 2, then if the price is right and offered to me hes all yours! haha!
                                      "If you are nervous you arent focused-if you are focused, there is no room for nerves!"

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                                      • #20
                                        I ride in a Barnsby Original Milton. I've used it on:

                                        a) a 17+h huge, wb gelding nicknamed "Fatty," who had very high withers but a huge barrel;

                                        b) my mare who is a 16.3h huge bodied Selle Francais we call "Big Mama" for very good reason... she has low withers and a long back;

                                        c) a 17.2 mammoth WB I leased in FL. Just enormous, all around!

                                        and d) now I am currently using it on a fat 14.2h quarter pony to go trail riding. He has no withers whatsoever that I can discern buried under his afro and shrouded by the big barrel belly. Fits him great! lol

                                        It's fit all the horses very well, along with the many horses I've hacked and/or leased over the 5+ years of saddle ownership.

                                        I'm long from the hip to the knee, and it really fits well there. It's not the deepest saddle, but I prefer to have some more movement when I ride and jump. Just thought I'd throw that out there!
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