09-30-2010, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer
I would try out a number of saddles, they all will position you differently and will fit differently on your horse.
Do not get fooled into believing that one saddle will fit all shapes and sizes of horses just because you can change the width of the tree. Just because you can change the width of the tree, doesn't mean the shape of the tree will change, nor will the gullet width, nor will the panels.
Be aware of that.
Try on as many saddles as you can on the horse to ensure proper fit. Make sure you get in the saddles to make sure that it works for your body type and puts you in the correct position.
There is the Wintec All Purpose. This one has a very strait tree. A Narrow channel and gusseted panels. Then there is the Wintec CC. This one still has a narrow channel, flatter panels and has a bit more curve to the tree. The Collegiate Convertible Diploma has a nice and wider channel, the panels are flat and has an arch to the tree *cc*. The Collegiate Convertible Senior Event *A/P* saddle is a very strait tree. Unsure of the Collegiate Convertible Varsity *cc*, The Collegiate Convertible Alumni.
Remember, there is no such thing as one saddle fits all. Regardless if you can change the gullets to accomodate the withers. Also, if you accomodate the withers, you change the way the saddle rests on the horse back, and can now not be accomodating the ribs and the back.
I would definitely have a professional saddle maker/fitter help you out.
All VERY good points as usual MIE! :)