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        10-01-2009, 06:05 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Making the switch

    I grew up on Walkers so english riding is all I knew.About 5 months ago after not owning a horse since I was a kid about 20 years ago I baught Diego a 2004 paint gelding.Well I listened to what the paint people around here told me and I baught a big horn western saddle.Well that's what I've been riding on for the last few months and im misirable on it.Its big it piches me its loud I feel as though im riding a saddle and not the horse so I am making the switch.I know nothing about buying this stuff all I know is what I had as a kid and even then my parents baught it.So here is my horse and the stuff I baught for him.Now I got all of this for $100 so if you tell me its all wrong I will have no problems selling the saddle craigs list.What do I need to look for as far as how it fits him.Im not your savyiest horse person so I don't know much about tack.





         
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        10-01-2009, 06:36 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Erm you myt wana take a pic with it on his back (withowt sadle blankets) from the side and front

    Or ride bareback lol

    You probly wnt b able 2 tel if it fits thru picas you wil probly need a sadle fiter
         
        10-01-2009, 06:42 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Yeah I understand that but I was wanting to know if I got all the right tack.I will take a pic as soon as I get out there and get it on him.
         
        10-01-2009, 08:14 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Ebay packages are crap, to put it bluntly. They will do nothing but cause your horse back problems. The tree's are often twisted, and the saddles will fall apart very quickly.

    Please get rid of it and get a nice quality used saddle.
         
        10-01-2009, 08:30 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    I was affraid of that. Ok you live and you learn. Thanks
         
        10-02-2009, 02:37 PM
      #6
    Started
    Diego
    The photos of the saddle you bought look fine - but actually that is the catch. Why was a saddle which will cost hundreds of dollars so cheap?
    There should be a makers label somewhere under the flap - what does it say?
    Measure from the button up by the wither to the tip of the cantle - how many inches?

    But as the others have said, if it doesn't fit the curve of your horse's spine , then when you put you weight down there will be a lot of pressure in the wrong place.

    There should be a gap of two fingers width between the underside in the valley and the horses spine.
    The saddle should sit parallel to the ground
    The angle of the underside should match the angle of the horse's back sideways.
    The saddle must not extend back beyond the horse's ribcage

    But the big test is whether it leaves marks on the horse's back - if it doesn't fit then: first the hair will go, then a bruise will appear and then a blister.
    Not disregarding the possiblity that the horse will get mighty upset

    Look for, find and discuss with an experienced english rider whether the saddle fits. If you have bought a saddle which doesn't fit your horse, then it is not worth the postage. It could cost you a lot in vet's bills.

    At least that Western saddle probably fitted even if you have to stuff an inch thick woolly blanket between it and the horse.
         
        10-02-2009, 06:09 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Can this one be padded down like that to help fit.I have no problem buying something he needs.I just though what they hay its cheep and if it dosnt work then ill get rid of it and buy another.But I would still like to give this one a whirl.Ill go ahead and take the picks and do what you said and we will see.With his weastern I was using a tacky too pad.Should I use that with this one or use the pad that comes with the saddle
         
        10-03-2009, 06:44 AM
      #8
    Started
    Use the pad which came with the saddle - if it is shaped like the saddle.

    If you are prepared to clean the saddle regularly , then it can be used without a pad. Anyway you must try the saddle first on the horses back without the pad.

    But I repeat - it is essential that the saddle fits the horses
    Back.

    There is no such thing as a cheap saddle.

    I'd be much happier if someone used to riding english could check both the saddle fit and the fit of the bit and bridle
    Before you mount up. A horse wearing wrongly fitted
    English riding tack can be hurt and can then get mean.
         
        10-03-2009, 07:00 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Is there pics somewhere of what its supposed to look like on?Im really not sure what tio look for..I know what you wrote but I can't grasp what you are saying too well.If there is maybe a pic of the wrong fitted then the right fitted?
         
        10-04-2009, 05:52 AM
      #10
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    Diedosmum
    This is the problem - you can't easily translate my words - you need someone on the ground. And this will not be the last occasion, because you won't know if you have fitted the bit properly either.

    Now there are a lot of nice cowboys around where you live - can't you ride western?
    At least then you don't have the problem of the saddle fitting.
         

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