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    06-23-2010, 04:47 PM
  #21
Banned
This is going to sound rude but I can not think of a nicer way to say this.

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Originally Posted by GraciesMom    
Her saddle fits fine It is the saddle she has used all of her life.
This is proof you have no clue what you are doing.


Just because it is the same saddle the horse has used its whole life does not mean it fits.
     
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    06-23-2010, 04:50 PM
  #22
Green Broke
^^Agreed....and horses can RARELY stick with just one saddle over the course of their entire lives - as they grow, mature, and then begin to age, their bodies change at each stage and re-examination of fit should be done regularly.
     
    06-23-2010, 05:03 PM
  #23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
and horses can RARELY stick with just one saddle over the course of their entire lives - as they grow, mature, and then begin to age, their bodies change at each stage and re-examination of fit should be done regularly.
You said it so much better than I did.
     
    06-23-2010, 05:31 PM
  #24
Weanling
No!!! I am sorry. I should have explained it better. She has had it since she was five, that is when they got her. They had the saddle custom made and fitted for her then.
     
    06-23-2010, 05:41 PM
  #25
Showing
And how old is she now? A saddle that was custom made for her at 5 may very well not fit her now. Isn't she 13 or 14 y/o?
     
    06-23-2010, 05:42 PM
  #26
Weanling
No. She is nine. I am 14 years old, maybe that is where you are getting those numbers. Either way, her saddle fits fine.
     
    06-23-2010, 05:44 PM
  #27
Lis
Yearling
How do you know? 4 years is a long time, her shape may have changed since then. It would be worth getting it checked just to rule it out.
     
    06-23-2010, 05:45 PM
  #28
Showing
You say it fits her fine, but you're very much a newbie and what looks fine to your untrained eye may not be fine at all, as far as the horse is concerned.

If she was 5 when the saddle was made, she's matured and filled out since then. The saddle could very well be uncomfortable for her now.
     
    06-23-2010, 06:02 PM
  #29
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
You say it fits her fine, but you're very much a newbie and what looks fine to your untrained eye may not be fine at all, as far as the horse is concerned.

If she was 5 when the saddle was made, she's matured and filled out since then. The saddle could very well be uncomfortable for her now.
Good post, SR.
GM, it takes years and a very talented eye to be able to tell if a saddle is a good fit. While the saddle may have been custom made to her at 5 years old, that was when she was still quite young and not fully mature. Even if she's 8 now, I bet she's changed shape drastically.
For example... I'm the same height I was when I was 15 years old, and around the same weight - but I carry it all differently now; my clothes from when I was 15 wouldn't fit me at all, and I'd be uncomfortable in them - if I could even get my jeans done up! I'd have to walk around with my tummy sucked in.
That's my analogy - you're welcome for the visual ;)
     
    06-24-2010, 09:13 AM
  #30
Banned
Great analogy JDI.
     

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