Getting draft crosses and Drafts to fit a saddle can quickly go from hard to depressing. However, if your horsie is just wide not “ginormous”, an Australian saddle will be a great fit.
Other alternatives include English brands that are perfect for wide horses. Brands like Thorowgood Broadback, Cob Saddles, or Duett, Black Country, Wintec Wide Saddles, Lovatt & Ricketts, some country, and some of the Thornhill saddles.
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Typically, you should opt for one with a “hoop tree”. They fit better on wide horses.
Note: I wouldn’t recommend going after “draft tree” Aussies and English saddles on eBay. Almost 95% of them are Asian/China made piece of crap. The only mid-ranged Aussie saddle I could vote for are Wintec’s synthetics.
In the case of Western saddles, both Big Horn and Abetta made draft saddles would do well. I believe Big Horn’s is labeled as a “Haflinger” saddle, but it will fit drafts well too.
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I would recommend you give an Australian saddle on her, if you’re wondering what saddle would fit a draft cross.
In my experience, on a wide, or a Friesian/Percheron cross, an aussie saddle can be quite unstable and inclined to roll. Howver, that wouldn’t be an issue if you have a really secure set and are well balanced, but if you ever want to put someone else on your horse – well, in an aussie saddle, good luck even getting them up there! A really good tall mounting block will be a must.