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  • western saddle for shark finned TB

    evidently I need more tack...
    I am trail riding in my dressage saddle which is reasonably comfortable and fits my 24 yo TB but I really want a western saddle to tie stuff to. (also I love the look of a one ear headstall.)

    any suggestions? not looking to spend a ton.
    A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

  • #2
    Ill be interested to see what is recommended - assuming there is anything to recommend. I have a very shark finned TB.


    • #3
      Plenty of barrel racing saddles tend to be made for the more TB type backs of race bred quarter horses.

      They are also lighter to handle, not needing to be as stout as general ranch and roping saddles require.


      • #4
        There are lots of great options out there in Western saddles for all horses, and we have lots of TBs in our trail saddles. The main thing that is going to be a concern for you is going to be the padding underneath the saddle - you may need a corrective pad to ensure that there isn't any bridging that could cause sore spots on your horse's back.

        What we would recommend would be to see a local saddle fitter, or send tracings to us so we can look at your horse's back and make a tree and saddle pad recommendation. Most likely, based on the information above, you will be looking at a regular tree with a quality pad. Coming from a dressage saddle, you may enjoy a Tucker Endurance saddle or a Circle Y Julie Goodnight Cascade crossover, which are all hornless Western saddles - meaning you'll still get plenty of places to tie your gear on.
        Obtain a device called a “flexible curve”. This measuring tool is easily found at an office or art supply store. It should be at least 18” long. You will use it to take a shape of your horse’s back in 4 places, and then trace that shape onto a stiff paper or poster board on one side. Use a separate piece of paper for each tracing.


        • #5
          I have a western saddle for when I go trail riding in the mountains.
          Much more comfortable for all day riding and yes you can pack more stuff on it!
          For my shark finned Tb I went with a Fabtron( can't remember the model)but it fits him well.
          The Fabtron is part synthetic so it is much lighter than a traditional leather saddle, and for me that makes a difference.
          It is a lot harder to lift a heavy saddle onto a 16 plus horse, than a smaller western horse!


          • #6
            Originally posted by lizathenag View Post
            evidently I need more tack...
            I am trail riding in my dressage saddle which is reasonably comfortable and fits my 24 yo TB but I really want a western saddle to tie stuff to. (also I love the look of a one ear headstall.)

            any suggestions? not looking to spend a ton.
            What do you mean by "a ton"? Just curious because if that means $500 to you or if that means $2000 to you, of course, that's a big difference!

            In general, most TBs are going to need a semi-QH bar or regular bar tree. But as with anything, that is a generalization.

            As Bluey posted, a lot of barrel racing saddles do tend to have higher gullets and better wither clearance.

            Can you post pictures of your horse?

            What kind of tree do you have in your dressage saddle?

            Originally posted by CircleY-Tucker-Reinsman-HighHorse View Post
            There are lots of great options out there in Western saddles for all horses, and we have lots of TBs in our trail saddles. The main thing that is going to be a concern for you is going to be the padding underneath the saddle - you may need a corrective pad to ensure that there isn't any bridging that could cause sore spots on your horse's back.
            Personally, I am going to disagree with this. If the saddle tree is bridging, then it does not fit. In most cases, a pad should not be used to try to correct bridging, because the saddle needs to fit appropriately in the first place.

            It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.


            • #7
              Definitely following this thread with interest as I’m playing around with the idea of dipping my toe into the western waters with my young OTTB - we show in eventing and dressage but he’s double registered Pinto and built more like a big Appendix QH and we’re thinking about trying to play a little bit at the pinto shows...but first we need tack!
              ~Drafties Clique~Sprite's Mom~ASB-loving eventer~


              • #8
                My old horse has very large shark fin withers and I have a Circle Y Flex tree saddle that fits him really well.

                There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


                • #9
                  Curious for my TB as well, as I would love venturing down this road (eventually, not yet).

                  Honestly when the time comes, I will probably look into Wenger and reach out to Joey. I had a wenger back when I had my old QH gelding and the saddle was nice, but the owner was always extremely helpful and very educational. I would maybe try reaching out to him (I've always just messaged him on Facebook) and gather his thoughts!