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Western saddles for the broad shouldered horse- Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by FoxCrestAPH, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. FoxCrestAPH

    FoxCrestAPH Senior Member

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    Fancy- I've always secretly admired that saddle!!
    That's the shape my BR has, maybe a little more narrow... I don't think that's something that could work on him.
    It looks very wide at the bottom, but up top, it's really not that wide. He needs it wide up top by his shoulders if that makes sense.

    Timmysmom- My Circle Y fits him better than anything, so that makes sense. Unfortunately, I cannot stand to ride in those saddles. :(
    So, I've ruled out Circle Y's.
     
  2. Fancy's Joe

    Fancy's Joe Senior Member

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    Makes total sense! It's actually one of the things I wish I could change about it! While it's a bit wider than it appears in the photo, I wish it was a bit more. The only saddles I've found so far with "that" shape have been barrel saddles, though. Reining and training saddles all seem to have standard 7" gullets and FQHB, sadly. I hope you find what you're looking for, though! And when you do, let me know? I'm always on the hunt for good quality saddles that might fit my boy. :)
     
  3. RusticR

    RusticR Full Member

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    I had the exact same problem! My APHA has super wide shoulders. The only saddle I've found that really, really fits him is my RS trainer. They have 3 gullet options: 1(SQHB), 2(FQHB), and 3(wide). I bought the 3 and it fits him like a glove. They make quite a few different styles.
     
  4. FoxCrestAPH

    FoxCrestAPH Senior Member

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    I've noticed that. :(
    My friend has a Blue Ribbon work saddle that looks like it'd work well... However some other Blue Ribbons I've seen look nothing like it.
    I need to ask what type she got, and maybe check into that.
    I'm sure I'll make a thread if I find something, so I will let you know!

    Do you happen to have any photos of it?
     
  5. Woodrow1

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    I have built several saddles for mutton withered reining horses on high quality bull hide trees but I also use fiberglass covered trees from Ed Steele. I have developed angle and wide gullet for these horses but there is more to consider than just width. The bar angle has to be correct. Production saddles as you have been discussing will have same angle for semi and quarter horse and get 3 degrees flatter for full quarter. I have built a lot in between that fit perfect with wider gullet. You generally don't need fullQH unless his back is really wide and flat.
    Bars that set down on the shoulders with good bar flare are stable and let the horse move freely.freedom of movement is everything to have comfortable, happy, athletic horse.
    Happy Trails
     
  6. JillyJ

    JillyJ Senior Member

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    Pictures of the horse please!! Side view, and shots looking down the back/spine to the shoulders. And saddle fit, no pad, with the one you are using now :)
     
  7. FoxCrestAPH

    FoxCrestAPH Senior Member

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    I've since found something for him. Thank you though. :)
     
  8. JillyJ

    JillyJ Senior Member

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    Oh haha didn't even check the date my bad :) Glad to hear
     

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