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Old 07-12-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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gaited saddles

any reason they can't be used on regular ol' horses

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Old 07-13-2009, 12:03 AM   #2
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If the saddle fits your horse I can see no reason why you couldn't use a gaited saddle on a nongaited horse.

From what I understood when shopping gaited saddle for my gaited horses most of the difference is in the gullet height and the bars tend to be set in a way to remove pressure and free up the shoulders for the gait. But just like any other saddle wach brand is different. It like Nike's vs Adias...while they might be the same size they fit different. I've found the same with saddles.

Fit is the key IMO when putting any saddle on any horse.

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Old 07-13-2009, 04:44 AM   #3
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I can't imagine that there would be too much different, I know lots of gaited people who ride in a "non gaited" saddle. Again, the flare in the front bars (which many gaited saddles have) might be the biggest difference, but what horse couldn't use good shoulder room?. Tucker was designed initially for gaited horses, but I know many non gaited folks ride them. Also, many gaited saddles may be shorter length to accommodate a shorter back, but again, I cannot imagine that that wouldn't also describe many non gaited horses.
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:00 AM   #4
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Depends on your horses back. I always rode my walking horse with a western saddle, but she was built like a quarter horse. The walkers tend to have a thinner back and the gaited saddles fit them better, so if your horse has a slimmer back I see no problem riding with the gaited saddle. Others might word this better on the fit issues.
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