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I’m hoping to get some guidance on what Tucker saddle will work best for my frumpy, moody, gaited mare. I’m not sure what she is. The previous owner said that she was registered SSH and the papers got lost…don’t they always? I fell in love with her running walk and bought her for the bargain price of $200. She is forward moving and has a real animated, almost “poppy” running walk. Problem is…she is built unlike any other gaited horse I’ve ridden. She is overweight, I know. We are working on that. Her back is wide. I mean, I could set a glass of tea on that sucker. I currently ride in a Circle Y Flex2 Wide Tree Omaha trail saddle. It fits pretty good, but seems a tad snug in the withers once I add a 7/8" pad…and she seems irritated in it. I have also tried a Circle Y Trail Gaiter…it was a joke. The “wide” tree pinched her so bad. It was obvious just looking at it. When I cinched up…she gave me that “GO TO H***” look and pinned. It was definitely not wide enough through the middle of the bar area. Now, I am looking at endurance/plantation models (Tucker). I really like the Tucker River Plantation saddle. I’ve done research. I found out that the Tucker regular tree has more rock…it’s better for horses that have a dip in their back. The Gen II trees are designed for more A frame horses with straighter bars. Well…then I go to look at order options for the one I chose…Tucker River Plantation…tree options are:
Help! Please look at these pictures and help. She has a dip in her back…so not flat backed? Do Tucker trees run narrow? Will a Wide suffice or is XWide what I need? Thanks!