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post #1 of 5 Old 09-23-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Proper Fitting English Saddle

I am currently a western rider wanting to start riding english on my horse. He has very tall withers so I have been looking for an english saddle that can clear his withers. I have attached a picture of his withers. Any recommendations for an english saddle that might properly fit him?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-24-2012, 11:35 PM
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I was hoping some of the other folks who have a better eye for saddles for certain toplines would chime in.
Since you haven't gotten any answers, I'll do my best.
- His withers don't seem THAT high. Are his withers really that high, or is he just a bit hollow behind the shoulder-blades?
- Do you know how wide he is? Could you provide a picture taken from directly behind and one from the front showing his withers, shoulder-angle and down his back? What size bars does he use in a well-fitting Western saddle?
-Answers to those 2 questions would help us get started a little better.
- Some English saddles have cutback pommels to more or lesser degrees, that might be an option. If he's really hollow behind the shoulders, shims might be an idea until he fills out a bit.
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I was hoping some of the other folks who have a better eye for saddles for certain toplines would chime in.
Since you haven't gotten any answers, I'll do my best.
- His withers don't seem THAT high. Are his withers really that high, or is he just a bit hollow behind the shoulder-blades?
- Do you know how wide he is? Could you provide a picture taken from directly behind and one from the front showing his withers, shoulder-angle and down his back? What size bars does he use in a well-fitting Western saddle?
-Answers to those 2 questions would help us get started a little better.
- Some English saddles have cutback pommels to more or lesser degrees, that might be an option. If he's really hollow behind the shoulders, shims might be an idea until he fills out a bit.
Thanks so much for replying!!
His withers really are that high. I have included a few pictures. One picture from behind and one on each side of his withers from the front. Hopefully this will give you a better idea!
My western saddle I ride in on him is full QH bars.
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A wintec all purpose saddle with the easy change gullet system might be a good choice for him. I have one and my horse and I love it!

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I'm thinking something with a cutback pommel. He has a little bit of hollowing behind his shoulders, nut not bad, so you won't want to shim much, if at all. He doesn't seem real wide where the tree points will sit. You're going to need to be careful to not get a saddle that's too wide, since that will sit even lower on his withers. Either cutback or some saddles have higher pommels to clear the high withers.
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