Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:12 am Post subject: Western saddles with a narrow twist?
Hi, I'm looking for some saddle-fitting advice, and this Web page has already provided me with some great information!
I have a round Arabian pony who has a typical shape: round-barrelled and low withers. He's an all-around gem, wins in several disciplines, and I have no complaints with his behavior or performance.
The catch has been finding a western saddle with a narrow twist. I have one with a great twist AND full quarter-horse bars, but frankly, it's very unattractive. It's a King Series trail saddle, and it was very cheap, but they just don't make them pretty. I also have a show saddle, a fabulous older Circle Y, hand-tooled and heavy, but the twist is so wide it pushes my knee out away from my pony's sides, which interferes with my leg communication. Having a solid dressage background, our performance suffers.
Can anyone recommend an attractive western show-able saddle that has both the full QH bars and a relatively narrow twist? Western saddle makers don't really discuss this aspect of their products in their marketing; you're lucky if you can find out the width at all.
Thanks in advance for any help y'all can offer.
For an Arabian, it's unlikely that FQH is the best size. The typical Arab shape is indeed wide and flat across the back--however, the shoulders are not typically shaped like the foundation QH for which the FQH bars are designed.
I'd suggest looking into Arab tree saddles; they are just as wide (if not wider) across the fork, but the shoulder design is better for the typical Arab. You may be able to find something with a nicer twist that way, also, since the shoulder design will influence the width of the seat.
Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:04 am Post subject: thank you!
Thanks so much for the reply! That is very good to know. I was wary of saddles branded as "Arabian" saddles, because most of them are semi-QH in size, and usually have the rounded skirts, and I just assumed they were branding them for a market niche. I didn't know they actually had customized trees! This helps me a lot.