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post #1 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Event/all purpose saddle shopping advice/ideas?

So I am looking for a new to me (most likely used) event or all purpose saddle for my OTTB. I have a prestige right now but it hasnt been fitting well like it used to and it certainly doesnt fit me.
Unfortunately I am in an area of the NE USA that doesn't seem to have a lot going on as far as saddle dealers. I went to the tack shop and asked if they knew of anyone who could bring saddles to try on my horse who was also a good fitter and she basically said find a big show to go to and ask there. Any ideas about what I could do to find a saddle? I don't have a trainer or anything so Im kind of on my own in that respect. I could always buy one I think is good and then have a saddle fitter out but I feel like that would be a waste of time/money since I am only able to recognize REALLY DOES NOT FIT and not minor details.
How did you guys approach buying a new to you saddle??
Thanks for you help.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 03:38 PM
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Do you have a local Pony Club? Mine always has quality saddles being advertised for sale.

I would recommend borrowing a few different size saddles from friends to figure out what tree size is best so you have a starting point when you search and aren't wasting your time looking at 29cm trees when your horse needs a 33cm+!

If you can find a good saddle fitter, they usually will be able to bring several saddles with them to try on your horse for fit, and knowing it fits well is invaluable.

I have a Collegiate event saddle for sale, if you're interested. It's a wide tree and 17.5" seat and is by far the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden in.
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I love my Dutton RZ saddle, but I don't know if you can find them used yet. They come with an adjustable tree (literally takes 10 minutes to shange the tree size from xtra small to xtra large) so it can fit lots of different horses. I know they are really expensive, but it might be better to splurge on a new saddle that you can have forever than an saddle that will last you a year. I got it at Waredaca. Shows are the best place to find saddles because they fit you and your horse right there
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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I have a Collegiate event saddle for sale, if you're interested. It's a wide tree and 17.5" seat and is by far the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden in.
I actually have that exact saddle for my other horse! Unfortunately it is much too wide for my mare but I do love it!!

Thanks for all your advice guys!

I would definitely love to go to a show and try them on there but I don't have enough money to take my horse to any big shows!!
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oh and I forgot to ask: does anyone know how to measure their back for what size they need? I know her saddle now is a 32 or 33 and its too wide but I don't know how to measure it to find out exactly what size she is!!
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This website tells you how to get a good fitting saddle.

Call 877-41-HORSE or Schedule A Consultation Online

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thanks that site is super helpful!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-22-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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so I was looking more closely at my saddle today without a half pad (i have been using a half pad with it) and the rear panel on one side doesnt even touch her back, the otherside looks okay though. I also put my collegiate on her which is a wide, she wears a medium but with a half pad, I couldnt tell if it was still too wide or not w/ a half pad (definitely would not fit without the pad) do the same rules still apply? Like how much clearance there should be of the withers?
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