Friday, February 20, 2015

Tucker "FB" Trees 

You may have wondered why certain Tucker saddles come with the tree option "FB medium" or "FB wide" in addition to the usual medium, wide and extra wide.

The FB stands for "flatter barrel" and is designed to better fit the unique conformation of 'slab-sided' horses, or horses whose ribs have a smaller degree of curvature (as apposed to well-sprung ribs). Their ribs hang straight down on the sides, instead of outward and back. This is common of Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, Tennessee Walkers, and Gaited horses.

Slab Sided, side view
Slab Sided, front view
Slab Sided Horse
Normal Horse
If your horse has slab-sided ribs or narrow chest cavity, it can be difficult to find a saddle that fits well because the bars may not match the shape of their barrel. You may want to consider these saddles with the "FB" tree for your horse:
Give us a call to speak with one of our saddle experts to see if your horse qualifies for the FB tree!

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