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    02-29-2012, 12:53 AM
Thanks everyone!
I will post pics, without the pad, if everyone can stand it (I feel like the internet is running out of room because of me here...haha).

But, new plan: I hoard the Stubben, if it fits nobody. Or maybe sell it. Good news is, its well made, so, it should resell okay.
If I get to go to the city (by that I mean, the 100 mile drive I get to make once or twice a year), I will try to find a saddle fitter or tack shop down there that can evaluate the flocking. I do agree its narrow treed. Wide gullet, narrow tree. Interesting combo. Makes me a little sad.

So...theres a 17 seat narrow Thorowgood on eBay. Its only at like $100 right now...
Worth a shot you think for the arab?
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I figure if I shoot in the dark long enough, we just might hit something...
Also, adding to my wishlist..I wish there was more of an english presence in this town.
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    02-29-2012, 01:13 AM
I'm also eying a Wintec of an unidentified sort. If anyone had an opinion of that, and if it would be better... lemme know...say..before this action ends

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    02-29-2012, 01:27 AM
That wintec is an A/P
    02-29-2012, 06:34 PM
I would suggest getting a Wintec with an Adjustable Gullet System instead of this one, or you are going to go through the same problem of it possibly fitting your horse or not fitting your horse. Look on Craigslist and Ebay for one used. I got a great deal on my Wintec Isabell Dressage Saddle on Craiglist. In the picture it looked faded or sunbleached. I got it for $300 - total cost including shipping. When it arrived it was in perfect condition and was nice and dark. It was just the lighting in the picture. Check Craigslist postings in states close to you also. The one I got was out of my state. If buyer and seller have PayPal, it is an easy purchase across state lines and sometimes you get great bargains!
    03-15-2012, 11:31 PM

Originally Posted by DressageDreamer    
I would suggest getting a Wintec with an Adjustable Gullet System!
I found a CC Wintec with the "Easy change" gullet system on eBay and for the low cost of break the college student now enroute to me
My caboose may be too big for it though. We'll see when it gets here.

So...update about Stubben: Had first lesson with a lady who trained classically, and is a dressage trainer. Great lady, knows her stuff.

She put it on the morgan with my gel pad, and my camo saddle pad, and it actually fits pretty dag-nab well. A little snug in the shoulder, but nothing restrictive!

We then stuck it on my arab. Its a little big, but, she says most of it has to do with my arab not being narrow, but skinny after the winter. She says also fromthe lack of riding my mare over the winter, as we ride her more, she will get muscle back in her topline, and it should fit. She said til then, one particular western pad I had, would be good to have under it instead of the english. After that, you can definitely get your hand in there, even with me sitting, but its not swallowing her

Glad I didnt resell it on eBay after all!

She also said it was a frickin deal for $140. Oh..and that I need long flaps Stupid long legs!
    03-16-2012, 12:09 PM
That is great that your instructor helped you with your stubben. I sold my Stubben Portos. It was a great saddle, but I decided I didn't want to jump anymore after a nasty fall resulting in a concussion (and me talking stupid for several hours poor husband said he felt like he was in the movie "50 First Dates" with Drew Barrymore).
I was never fond of Wintec's before I rode in one. I am using mine for schooling in and have a brand new Berney Bros Kildare saddle for shows. The Wintec really helps me keep my position while learning and I can use it on any of my horses which is really nice :)
Be glad you have long legs. Lots of us would be thrilled to have them...hahaha!
    03-16-2012, 08:02 PM
Its hard to tell for sure with the pictures, but it looks like it might be doable on the first two horses, but for sure too wide on the last one.

Saddle fitting is such a pain ;)

We would be able to help you out with wither tracings, and suggest some saddles if you would like help :)

Good luck!
    03-18-2012, 04:07 AM
The saddle on the first horse seems to fit ok. It has space between the withers but the back of the saddle is sitting up too high in this case shows it does not fit the horse properly!
The second horse fits the saddle alot better. The back sits well on the horses back but it is a bit low on the witheres! Maybe try a saddle riser on the second horse to give leaverage from the witheres and wool half numnah on the first horse to make the saddle sit better!
Remember to pull up the saddle cloth at the withers once the saddle is tightned up so it doen't rub!
    03-18-2012, 04:22 AM
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The bay has a decent fit. The pig pen is ok, but as someone said above, it looks too wide and thus sitting down too far on the third horse's withers. Can you stick a couple of fingers under the pommel? What about when you sit in the saddle, does it contact the wither bones? If so, do not ride that horse in that saddle.

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