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    10-07-2008, 07:36 PM
Question first saddle?

Hi I am new to the forums! For about 5 years I have been riding in a saddle that isnt mine. I don't own my own horse but I go out once a week to go ride. To get back to my thought, I have been looking at saddles online and it says something about getting a fitting. Since it isnt my horse but I ride him regularly, I am not sure how I should get a fitting or even what a fittling is. I really would love some information on saddle bying.
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    10-07-2008, 08:03 PM
Well, you need a saddle that fits both you and your horse.

Saddles come in different sizes, (tree sizes)

Also, you need one that fits you individually.

I'm not going to try to explain any further cause I will end up confusing you and myself. :roll: So I'll let someone else take it from here.
    10-07-2008, 08:11 PM
Oh ok thank you!
    10-08-2008, 07:55 AM
There are soooo many things to consider when fitting a saddle! As a beginner, you really should get someone to help you with saddle fitting before you buy or there is a high chance that you could get something that doesn't fit you/the horse properly. A badly fitting saddle can cause so many problems including bad behaviour of the horse (i.e. Bucking, napping, rearing, bolting.....) because the horse is in pain and eventually, the saddle can injure the horse. Some horses go for years with a badly fitting saddle without violently objecting because they are so good natured. What I am basically saying is, correct saddle fit is so, so, so, SO important lol (sorry for being slightly obsessive :roll:)

Factors to be considered include:
- wither clearance (3-4 fingers between top of wither and gullet of saddle.
- length of saddle (can't go past last rib)
- shoulder room (some saddles pinch the horse's shoulder if not fitted correctly)
- width (all horses back are different widths)
- balance (does the saddle tip forward or back? Is it level?)
- and a whole bunch of others too which are more complicated lol

And for the rider, one simple test is to have room for a hand width in front and behind you in the saddle. There are other factors too but this is a basic one.

Ok, I'm going to stop now before I either overwhelm, freak out or bore everyone lol
    10-08-2008, 08:11 PM

ok that is a lot of good information! Thanks! Some of those I didnt even think about. I am so glad you told me this BEFORE I bought one! Lol!
Thanks again!
    10-09-2008, 11:36 AM
Bless your soul for being so dedicated to that horse you ride :)

Because he/she isn't yours, I don't know that I would spend some money on a saddle for him/her. There are so many things to take into consideration and so much money to be spent that I am not sure I would personally spend money.
Doing research on saddle buying tho is excellent. So much to learn now, get you ready to buy your first saddle for YOUR horse when it happens?

Good Luck with your research :)

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    10-09-2008, 05:14 PM

Thanks sooo much for the links. They helped a lot!
    10-11-2008, 04:03 AM
The most important thing is that a saddle fits. Get a profesional saddle fitter to help you find the right saddle and as sugested, don't spend to much money if you will get another horse soon because the next horse you ride will probebly be a compleatly different shape.
    11-26-2008, 07:32 AM
Saddle shops on line can show you how to measure for a proper fit-have someone experienced do it for you-there are so many choices out there and it is a big investment. If possible stay away from the starter sets-most are badly made and ill fitting-a bad fit will cause soreness at the least for the horse. Personally if the owners saddle isnt to big for you I would stick with it until you have more experience and save the money.
    11-26-2008, 07:45 AM
I agree with some of the other on here, i'm sure your trvery very decitated to the beast but its the owners job to sort a saddle. Spend the money saved on someith ng nice for you like new jodphurs or something like that.

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