Stallion Spotlight

C-Quito1

Real Estate Spotlight

BarnApartmentFront
  • Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 5/9/18)
See more
See less

Western Saddles Gaited versus QH fit

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Western Saddles Gaited versus QH fit

    I have a Crates QH saddle that fits my horses great - I am looking at buying another used Crates saddle but it has 'gaited' bars rather than QH bars (same Equifit tree).All other specifications are the same as my current saddle......I'm hoping it will work as my second saddle but am just a little concerned because it's gaited. Does anyone have any advice or experience using gaited saddles and whether they're ok to use on non-gaited horses? Thanks.

  • #2
    It's my understanding that they are wider in front, but you'll want to check with the saddle manufacturer to confirm.
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."

    Comment


    • #3
      IMO most of the claims of "gaited" saddle sellers stating some sort of advantage from some sort of "modification" to a standard saddle are tissue-paper thin. They are, in all probability, more hype than fact. The reality is that there IS NO standard conformation for a "gaited" horse. A Walker will be different than a Pacing Standardbred that will be different from a Paso Fino that will be different from a Mangalarga Marchador. As you ride the horse under you (not the horse in somebody's book, video, or lecture) so also do you saddle the horse in front of you in a way to permit the horse to effectively do its job without suffering undue stress.

      Within a breed there can clearly be established types. That we can account for without any great effort. But there is no universal rule on saddle fit and gaited horses except that you fit the saddle to the horse, rider, and job.

      G.
      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

      Comment


      • #4
        They are wider through the shoulders, which with a quarter horse is usually not a problem. I have a Circle Y Blue Ridge saddle, which was originally advertised a gaited saddle, and my horses have no issues with it. It was fitted specifically for them, and they are wide built horses.
        "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

        Comment


        • #5
          As other have said, there isn't a standard as to what manufacturers will label as a gaited saddle.

          It could be the gullet width, bar angle, or the bars could be flared. One thing to note is that too much bar flare isn't necessarily a good thing: https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/sa...ts-not-pretty/

          Comment


          • #6
            Even within a breed, there are assorted builds....have seen Standardbreds built like QH stock type to built like warmbloods, so there is no standard 'copy' like QH and Arab seem to show. My last two were one pony sized that had a nearly QH build while the other was over 16hh and built like a TB although with a tad more bone. This sounds like a take the gullible for more dough on the premise that they can sell more 'gaited' saddles
            Founder of the Dyslexic Clique. Dyslexics of the world - UNTIE!!

            Member: Incredible Invisbles

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by cutter99 View Post
              They are wider through the shoulders, which with a quarter horse is usually not a problem. I have a Circle Y Blue Ridge saddle, which was originally advertised a gaited saddle, and my horses have no issues with it. It was fitted specifically for them, and they are wide built horses.
              I'm going to disagree because it is not always the case. Sometimes it is, but it doesn't have to be.

              G.
              Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

              Comment

              • Original Poster

                #8
                Thanks for all the feedback - really appreciate you taking the time to offer input.

                Comment


                • #9
                  I've had both the Crates gaited and equifit tree saddles. The gaited to me seemed to have a lot more flare in the front to accommodate the free-moving shoulders. That being said, I did have it on a couple of pretty built QHs and Paints and it fit them really well.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Guilherme View Post

                    I'm going to disagree because it is not always the case. Sometimes it is, but it doesn't have to be.

                    G.
                    And where did I say always? Since you would like to nitpick.
                    "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cutter99 View Post

                      And where did I say always? Since you would like to nitpick.
                      You said, "They are wider through the shoulders..." This was a declarative sentence with no modification. You didn't say "always" but didn't temper the statement, either. So, taking it as read, it suggests "always" without ever saying it.

                      In the gaited world this is an oft stated claim and frankly has more exceptions than otherwise once you get away from the dominant North American breeds. That makes a "limiting" comment completely appropriate.

                      G.

                      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Guilherme View Post

                        You said, "They are wider through the shoulders..." This was a declarative sentence with no modification. You didn't say "always" but didn't temper the statement, either. So, taking it as read, it suggests "always" without ever saying it.

                        In the gaited world this is an oft stated claim and frankly has more exceptions than otherwise once you get away from the dominant North American breeds. That makes a "limiting" comment completely appropriate.

                        G.
                        So now you are both an English professor and mind reader as well?

                        https://animals.mom.me/difference-be...ddle-7112.html
                        "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cutter99 View Post

                          So now you are both an English professor and mind reader as well?

                          https://animals.mom.me/difference-be...ddle-7112.html
                          Neither. But I do read, write, and speak it reasonably well.

                          Why is this such an issue? You saddle the horse in front of you with a saddle that fits. If you need more shoulder room then buy a saddle with more shoulder room. I disagree that gaited horses are routinely wider in the shoulder. Some are; some are not. Deal with the horse you can touch, not the one you're thinking about touching.

                          G.
                          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

                          Comment

                          Working...
                          X