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  • Looking for 1 inch pads for specialized saddle
  • Mohair contour dressage girth

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    02-02-2013, 08:57 PM
  #51
Yearling
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
Or.... more like the difficulties of my poor husband being married to a horse-lover.
That's why I'm single and loving it. I think I'll stay this way for a while. I like not being held accountable by anyone but myself as far as my "addictions" go.

Well, I'm going to see Mana tomorrow, so I'll have more pictures and maybe video. I am going to have to get creative with my pads for trying it tomorrow until I get the shim material and a girth with the right size buckles.
I borrowed a dressage girth from the store for the trial. I though it would work, but the saddle has 1 1/2in billets while the girth has 1in buckles. I can squeeze them through for a test, but it definitely won't work for everyday use.

Of course I want a mohair cinch. I'm going to be sad that I won't have any use for my western stuff. I love my BH saddle and my mohair roper cinch. Going to be sad to part with them.

I like the Booties. I'm definitely looking into them more. Seems like it would be ridiculously comfy for the horse.

It looks like the specialized saddles do best when paired with thinner pads. And I really like wool for pads. What do you think of getting some plain sheep skins (which I can get for very inexpensive), cutting and sewing them into the shape of my saddle and using it like that? Heck, I can even sew heavy duty velcro onto it and attach it like the Booties. Do you think that would be too thin?
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    02-02-2013, 11:55 PM
  #52
Yearling
My husband funds my addictions lol. Without him, none of this would be possible! I just graduated, though, so hopefully I can find a good job and do him the same favor back now :)

As far as pads go, I personally wouldn't dare to make up my own. I invested good money to have a pad that I know will provide proper comfort and support for my horse and saddle, and I'd happily do it again. Proper padding is critical in endurance. I'm sure you can look and find one used. I'd recommend contacting people with Specialized saddles to ask them about what pads they use and why.
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    02-03-2013, 12:43 PM
  #53
Green Broke
When I got my specialized, I was encouraged to use a thin pad. Once the saddle is fitted to the horse, a thicker pad will mess up the fit. The only reason a pad is needed is to keep the sweat and hair off your saddle. I ride my specialized with a dressage pad underneath. A lot of people I know just use little AP/dressage pads as well.

Also, shimming isn't rocket science. (If you have an easy to fit horse.) I shimmed mine to the best of my ability and sent pictures to a rep in South Carolina (we don't have one in the state of Georgia) to tell me what needed tweaking.
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    02-03-2013, 12:50 PM
  #54
Yearling
I do have a Skito dressage pad that's pretty thin that I've been thinking about selling since I'm getting a Big Horn - I paid $125 for it used and it's in good shape - I haven't used it much and I'd be happy to get the same back out of it. Let me know if you're interested :)

This is the pad I have: Skito "Equinox" Pad with Foam Inserts Navy
     
    02-03-2013, 08:29 PM
  #55
Yearling
Okie doke. Back from seeing Mana. He was being a booger today, so they aren't the nicest pictures, but you get the idea.

It looks like the saddle fits pretty well in the shoulder area. It needs shimming at the rear and a little in the middle to adjust the rock, but not very much. Mind you, I didn't have a ton of time to mess around today, (hence the mess of a mane on him.) so I realize that a lot of adjusting needs to happen. I just tried it on him, got on and wandered around for a few minutes. Did a little unplanned trotting, and the saddle was very comfortable.

Like I said, Mana was being a little bratty and I was rushed for time, but here are the pics anyway.
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    02-04-2013, 01:07 AM
  #56
Yearling
That saddle looks like it sits really well on him and matches his shape! And I'm glad it's comfortable for you, too! Congrats!
     
    02-04-2013, 01:34 AM
  #57
Yearling
Good to hear! I've been staring at it all day now, trying to objectively think about the fit. He is a lot wider than he looks. The shoulder could use a little tiny bit of shimming as it is now, but I'm going to play with it and see what I can do by moving the outer pad around.

I am having trouble deciding if I had it sitting too far back/forward or what. The saddle pad I used makes it look kind of wonky, so I don't know. He didn't have any objections, so that's something at least.

I can't wait to see your new saddle! I still love Big Horns.

I'm putting my BH up for sale on Tuesday. I'm hoping to make enough money off of it to pay for shims and maybe a new girth. I'm going to miss that saddle.

Brighteyes- I just saw a picture of your specialized. It's so cool! I had been reading that the specialized saddles are used with thin pads. I have a nearly new PRI dressage pad that I could use, though I do like the idea of using sheepskin.

There is no rep. In IL either, the closest one to me is in Michigan...I'll have to try to get a hold of someone.

Where did you get your girth from? Is that leather or neoprene buckle guard? I am going to have to get an endurance cinch. The one pictured above is a regular dressage cinch and the buckles are slightly too narrow.
     
    02-04-2013, 02:02 AM
  #58
Yearling
Of course, this is coming from the person who soured her horse's back last summer with a poorly fitting saddle - I finally had my first lesson with a trainer yesterday and had he show me how to tell if it was a bad fit and I was completely shocked at what I learned about the saddle I'd been learning. It was terrible. I do know how to check the BH saddle fit now, though, and she's going to double check it for me as well.

Here's a mohair girth that's pricey, but it has the buckle's your looking for and it looks like an excellent quality girth that's worth the money.

Stillwater Mohair Contour Dressage Girth 1.5" Buckles

Anyway, I think it looks good, but don't' just take my word. I wonder if it is just a little too far forward, but it does seem to fit his shape without the pad, and you'll definitely want a better suited pad haha.
     
    02-04-2013, 02:21 AM
  #59
Yearling
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
Of course, this is coming from the person who soured her horse's back last summer with a poorly fitting saddle - I finally had my first lesson with a trainer yesterday and had he show me how to tell if it was a bad fit and I was completely shocked at what I learned about the saddle I'd been learning. It was terrible. I do know how to check the BH saddle fit now, though, and she's going to double check it for me as well.

Here's a mohair girth that's pricey, but it has the buckle's your looking for and it looks like an excellent quality girth that's worth the money.

Stillwater Mohair Contour Dressage Girth 1.5" Buckles

Anyway, I think it looks good, but don't' just take my word. I wonder if it is just a little too far forward, but it does seem to fit his shape without the pad, and you'll definitely want a better suited pad haha.

Well, everyone keeps saying to use a really thin pad with these saddles or it screws with the fit. That pad is an inch thick, so that could definitely be an issue. I'll try with my dressage pad next time and see if that looks better.

I'm reading everything I can about saddle fit and watching all the videos on specialized saddles. I've had a bit of an education on saddle fit before, but this shimming takes it to a new level!

That was the girth I was looking at. I like that it has the leather buckle wears rather than neoprene. And mohair is just kick ass on it's own. Thanks for the link!!
     
    02-04-2013, 09:09 AM
  #60
Green Broke
Endurance Riding Online - AERC MidWest Region Ride Calendar<br>for the current 12 months

Quite a few rides in Indiana, If you want to go check one out , maybe take your horse and saddle, we can probably find you an experienced specialized saddle fitter at ride camp. Also be a good oportunity to check out the game and learn the ins and out. Can pick up alot of info being a recorder for the vet. Check out the calander and do some map recons based on where you live. Also check out the South east as there are some KY rides.
     

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