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    Hi there,

    So I'd really like a western saddle for my short round Irish cob mare. Nothing fancy, doubt we'll be going to competitions, so basically just one to plod about in out hacking.
    However, top priority is comfort. I don't care if I need to save for this saddle for a year or two, but I'd like a nice, good quality saddle that will last us a very long time.
    I've been looking at adjustable saddles (since the madame can lose or gain weight quite drastically) - it seems I can either get an adjustable WoW saddle for over 2k, or a specialised saddle but the fitter seems to be quite far away and it would still be about the same price.
    So, what do you guys use on heavier horses? Are there any other adjustable Western saddles out there?
    I've tried treeless before and really didn't like it, so we're looking at a decent treed saddle.

    Any info on where to read up on it also welcome - most saddles I found were from the USA.

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    Not sure if it is still available but there was an Equiflex 148 advertised on Preloved.co.uk near Southampton. It is meant for short/ wide type horse like a cob. I think 1200 was the asking price, and whilst this may sound a lot, in fact for a quality saddle like that it is good value.
    Check out http://www.western-saddler.co.uk for more info.
    She has also started a western forum on the site.
    Hope this helps
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    I will ask Meg on my yard where she got hers (used on a round cob) as it looks great and has a flexi tree (?)


    ETA Meg says she got hers off ebay, but will ask some western people she knows if they have anything.
    Last edited by HJ&Katie; 30-04-2011 at 22:20.

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    hiya, thanks very much for your help.
    I think the main thing is that I don't want to buy a saddle that doesn't fit. Now with our english saddle it was easy as we had a saddle fitter out and we could try different saddles until the madame was happy with one (which was obviously the brand new T4, not one of the cheaper used saddles....) so is the best way to keep searching for a western saddle fitter? My regular saddler can obviously order any saddle in, but then she'd be stuck with it (only few western folks around here) and I wouldn't want that.
    Is it just a case of taking the risk with western saddles, trying to get some measurements of her and buying a saddle that fits that and then hope for the best?

    Any saddle I'd get will be checked for fit etc by a saddle fitter.

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    I have 3 specialzed western trail saddles. One of them is for my hubbys Shire x horse, he is 17.2hh. This horse used to have the traditional horned western speciallzed saddle but hubby prefered having an english girth instead of the cinch.

    Found this saddle to be great for him, much better than any english we had before, its great having the adjustable type, alot cheaper than having to buy 2 saddles due to him changing shape in summer and winter.

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    I have a specialized western saddle and love it. I had looked at the wow western but I'd had a english wow in the past and found I had to get the saddle fitter out every couple of months to refit. I also wasnt impressed by the wow as you can only adjust the width and the rest if done with the korrector pad.
    I live on teesside so it was a fair distance to get Alan the specialized saddle fitter out but he was great and quiet happy to come. He is also great at giving help after the saddle sale both over the phone and via emails so that I am now pretty confident at adjusting the saddle myself as my horse changes shape alot.

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    the specialised saddles do sound good, but I'm in Scotland, I guess it would be quite expensive to get a fitting. I've emailed a western fitter I found in the south of Scotland and a western trainer who seems to be about 1h away from me, to see what their advice would be on a saddle.
    I like to look at things before I buy, but if nothing suitable is up here I'll save up for the specialised saddle, I have found a lot of good reviews so far, and if as Rea said, I can get confident after a while adjusting it as needed, it might be the right thing.

    Thanks a lot for your help, any other suggestions still welcome

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    Sounds good. Alan will let you try before you buy so you are 100% sure. Good luck.

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