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  • How to tell if my horse needs a wide or narrow gulleted saddle

 
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    04-15-2010, 01:26 PM
  #11
Yearling
Find the horse first, then spend the money on a saddle fitter for the HORSE first! For that kind of money, I'd be shopping for a used Devoucoux and still save $1500!!
     
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    04-15-2010, 02:29 PM
  #12
Weanling
Get the horse first before you buy a saddle!

Saddle fit is very important, but you can find well fitting saddles for a better price range - AFTER you buy your horse!
     
    04-16-2010, 10:30 PM
  #13
Foal
Get the horse now, ride in the saddles are your barn. And save for the nice saddle. It will be a big investment but it will be worth it in my opinion. I was lucky enough to have someone from my church who use to ride but doesn't anymore give me her saddle. Crosby. Very nice. And fits me perfectly.
     
    04-17-2010, 01:10 AM
  #14
Weanling
Horse first, saddle second. I have four horses and three English saddles as they all need something different. The one that lacks a saddle goes bareback as it's near impossible to find one that fits. In the 11 years we've had her nothing has ever fit her quite right. It's a big investment and no doubt isn't always easy on the pocket book but well worth the money.
     
    04-17-2010, 01:15 AM
  #15
Foal
Ok I'm actually finding myself eating 50% of my words after my lesson today. My trainer put me in her custom CWD. And I had a glazed look in my eyes after I got off lol. I felt like I couldn't fall off and my posture improved so I now kinda wish I had never met that saddle and remained in the dark lol.
     
    04-17-2010, 03:46 AM
  #16
Started
I would get the horse first, for all the above reasons, of fitting the horse first, rider second. As for getting the saddle, I would definitely go for a used saddle save a few bucks, you can find some really nice ones. I do agree that I have ridden in some saddles that I would LOVE to buy, and I think would make a big improvement on my seat and the way I ride, but I just don't have the money to spend, and the horse I have now is currently not very easy to fit unfortunately, so I would like to wait until she's done growing and filling out first, and then at some point after that maybe think about getting a nicer custom fit saddle. Let your trainer know what your price range is, so they can better help you find what you need. If she's thinking that you are willing to spend 4k on a saddle, then she's going to pass up some potentially great saddles in the say 1k range because you can afford better, but if she knows that you can't afford more than X amount of money, then she can find you a great saddle in that price range and not waste your time or her time looking at stuff you can't afford.
     
    04-18-2010, 07:21 AM
  #17
Foal
Like everyone else has said, horse first, then saddle. And you need to talk to your trainer, make sure she knows your budget.

I'm lucky in that I wont ever have to worry about buying a saddle as my grandma has all the tack I could ever want :)
     
    04-19-2010, 08:17 AM
  #18
Foal
Ummm... if you get a narrow custom made saddle, chances are you ar'nt going to find a horse to fit it specifically, very easily.

Most people are comfortable in already made saddles, they can be altered to fit your horse, with the right saddle.

Horse ----> Saddle. How can you go

Saddle ----> Horse

It's just silly? The amount of people that offered me saddles that did'nt fit my horse and made him sore, and pinched and made him mental, was amazing, we got ours fitted, which only cost us 70 bucks, ontop of a saddle that cost us $900 fits me and him perfectlly, im 5'7" ^_^.

And my horse is 15.2-3 roughly. With a wide gulleted saddle, it looks freaking enormous.
     
    04-19-2010, 08:46 AM
  #19
Showing
Personally I still think everyone is over thinking this chicken or egg thing. Let's say you get your horse first then have your saddle made for him. What do you do when it's time to move up to a better horse or if that horse doesn't work or gains/looses weight/muscle? Do you get another saddle? Most likely not.

Most people like a horse with a certain build. A custom saddle can be altered to a good extent to fit a range of horses. Will it fit all horses? Certainly not but it will fit a lot of horses (with some alteration) within a build range.
     
    04-19-2010, 11:16 AM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Personally I still think everyone is over thinking this chicken or egg thing. Let's say you get your horse first then have your saddle made for him. What do you do when it's time to move up to a better horse or if that horse doesn't work or gains/looses weight/muscle? Do you get another saddle? Most likely not.

Most people like a horse with a certain build. A custom saddle can be altered to a good extent to fit a range of horses. Will it fit all horses? Certainly not but it will fit a lot of horses (with some alteration) within a build range.
thats what I was wondering. If your going to be riding a few other horses, you have to get a few other saddles?
     

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