Is my saddle too narrow?

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    09-19-2011, 05:51 PM
Is my saddle too narrow?

I just recently got a new Wintec dressage saddle and changed the gullet to one that is the next size more narrow. After taking the saddle off today and seeing the sweat pattern left, I'm wondering if I should go back to the one I originally had, which was the one step wider?

I'm concerned because I used the gauge that comes with the saddle for measuring but seeing the sweat pattern sure makes me wonder.



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    09-19-2011, 06:11 PM
Definitely doesn't fit correctly. There should be no dry spots under the saddle if it fits right.
    09-19-2011, 06:29 PM
That's what I thought but needed a second, "yes, that's too narrow". Rats. :roll: I could have saved the $20 I spent on the new gullet and my horse a painful couple of rides.
    09-19-2011, 06:36 PM
Green Broke
Thats gotta hurt!
    09-19-2011, 06:47 PM
Aarggghhhh.... don't tell me, don't tell me! Poor baby!! The guilt is terrible Gidget! Here I was thinking I had the perfect saddle for her. Can anyone commiserate with me? Ugh.....

On a better note, at least this is the first time I worked her long enough and hard enough to make her sweat with it. This is the third or fourth time riding with it. Still....ugh....
    09-19-2011, 06:49 PM
Hey, at least you're not trying to play it off and tell us the saddle DOES fit, dagnabbit!

Now that you know, you'll make it better for your mare.
    09-19-2011, 06:53 PM
I don't really know much about saddle fit, but your horse looks like she is very bum high so maybe that is causing the saddle to sit wrong, Maybe a withers pad would help. You should post some pics of your horse with the saddle on, you can get some really good advice that way.
    09-19-2011, 06:58 PM
I agree with all above - it is absolutely too narrow. Can I ask which width you were using?
    09-19-2011, 07:17 PM
Nah, I was smart enough to know that it was looking too narrow but dang it, I used the gauge!!! So wanted to make sure I was seeing what I thought was too narrow of a gullet.

I was using the blue gullet (medium wide). It had the red one (wide).

Rachel, it could just be the picture since I took it from a wonky angle on the ground pointing down. She is a Paint though so she would tend to be butt high. I do use a half pad but not a wither pad.
    09-19-2011, 07:27 PM
Green Broke
You know...if it makes you feel better I use to ride my horse in a saddle too small. I used the gauge thing too! I was at a wide but I changed it to the extra wide and have had no problems since...might wanna play around with it. Sale that gullet or save it for a horse you may get later on..what size do you need anyways? I have all the gullets.

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