Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The type of horse you are looking for will usually have a similar body type. I wouldn't think that you would be going from a high wither TB to a more mutton wither warmblood. If you stay with a horse of the same build, a custom saddle should be fine and you can make minor changes with pads. Truthfully, a saddle that was custom made in April for a particular horse may need adjustments after you've ridden him through the summer and then again after a layoff during the winter.
I don't believe that even the most advanced international riders use a different saddle for every horse they ride. Since they usually ride owner's horses rather then owning each horse they ride, I'm sure they have one (perhaps a couple) saddle they they use and make the minor adjustments as necessary.
If you watch show jumping, as an example, you will see riders with keyhole pads, or other "fixes". Do you think that the saddle they are riding in was made for that particular horse?
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Last edited by iridehorses; 04-15-2010 at 08:36 AM.