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  • Is a saddle supposed to fit a horse perfectly

 
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    03-26-2011, 12:56 PM
  #1
Yearling
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Okay, like I said on my last post, I took pictures of both his topline AND my saddle on his back. I already know just by looking at it, that is does not fit. However, if you see at the picture of his withers and his back in general, I think it would be extremely hard to find one that would fit his structure perfectly. I do use a wither pad made by Excelle that seems to be working. He doesn't show signs of uncomfort, and he's the kind of horse who lets you know when he's not feeling good too. We have taken him to the vet many times before and he has never said anything about the saddle hurting his back, and he has to other kids at my barn before too.

So what do you think?
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    03-26-2011, 01:39 PM
  #2
Trained
Hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come in and assess the saddle on your horse, your horses back and have them help you.
A good one will arrive with a truck/van full of saddles, with his/her tools and will not only try on an amount of saddles, but will also have you ride in the saddle so that they can watch you and how you work in it, and watch your horse and how he works in it.


If you have to use a pad to make a saddle fit, the saddle doesn't fit. You are causing issues in the long run.

That saddle does not fit him. That tree is too strait for his arched/curved back. You need to look for a saddle that has more of a "banana" shaped tree. But again, hire a Professional to come in and help you. The saddle appears to be bridging on his back, and it is clearly too wide.

Your horses topline is weak as well, and there are pockets behind his withers due to an ill fitting saddle compressing down on his muscles, not allowing them to develop and build up. A Professional will beable to help you out with guiding you towards the right saddle that'll fit your horse properly.
     
    03-26-2011, 01:43 PM
  #3
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come in and assess the saddle on your horse, your horses back and have them help you.
A good one will arrive with a truck/van full of saddles, with his/her tools and will not only try on an amount of saddles, but will also have you ride in the saddle so that they can watch you and how you work in it, and watch your horse and how he works in it.


If you have to use a pad to make a saddle fit, the saddle doesn't fit. You are causing issues in the long run.

That saddle does not fit him. That tree is too strait for his arched/curved back. You need to look for a saddle that has more of a "banana" shaped tree. But again, hire a Professional to come in and help you. The saddle appears to be bridging on his back, and it is clearly too wide.

Your horses topline is weak as well, and there are pockets behind his withers due to an ill fitting saddle compressing down on his muscles, not allowing them to develop and build up. A Professional will beable to help you out with guiding you towards the right saddle that'll fit your horse properly.
Thanks for the help. Money is really tight right now so I don't think I could afford an entirely new saddle or even afford for a professional to come out. If I had the funds, I would in a heart beat!

Also, I just googled for professionals 75 miles within my area, and there is only one who just repairs them. Should I send you the link?
     
    03-26-2011, 02:05 PM
  #4
Super Moderator
Can you not slide the saddle back two inches? It looks like it is climbing a mountain, and must make it really hard for you to be balanced. That might reduce the bridging that is no doubt happening by the saddle being too straight for his "banana" curved back. It seems like the points of the tree are too close to his shoulder.
     
    03-26-2011, 02:10 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Can you not slide the saddle back two inches? It looks like it is climbing a mountain, and must make it really hard for you to be balanced. That might reduce the bridging that is no doubt happening by the saddle being too straight for his "banana" curved back. It seems like the points of the tree are too close to his shoulder.
I've never really had balancing problems on him, then again I've had him so long. I get on other horses and I'm perfectly fine though. The saddle naturally moves down, so I let it stay off his whithers more than the average horse. I know it really doesn't fit, and I REAAALLYY wish I had the money to go get a professional to help me and even make me a new saddle, or find me one that fits properly.
     
    03-26-2011, 02:37 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by justjump    
I've never really had balancing problems on him, then again I've had him so long. I get on other horses and I'm perfectly fine though. The saddle naturally moves down, so I let it stay off his whithers more than the average horse. I know it really doesn't fit, and I REAAALLYY wish I had the money to go get a professional to help me and even make me a new saddle, or find me one that fits properly.

Well, for a critique you should put it where it actually rides once you are riding for a bit. If you are riding with it angled that far up, I don't see how you could be balanced naturally. Your stirrups would not hang veritcally off the stirrup bar, but at an angle, would they not? I mean , isn't an English saddle supposed to have the cantle slightly higher than the pommel? Yours is largely the reverse of that.

Please correct me if I am wrong. I am not a hunter/jumper rider, so may not know what is normal.
     
    03-26-2011, 02:59 PM
  #7
Green Broke
It looks like it's too big..if you sit in the saddle the gullet area will be down on his withers....right?
     
    03-26-2011, 03:01 PM
  #8
Green Broke
...uhhh..people are going to think I'm lame but I'm so excited about it. I just got a treeless saddle...they have treeless jumping saddles. You might look into it. Send confo shots to the people and they can help you....try barefoot,torsion,black forest.
     
    03-26-2011, 03:04 PM
  #9
Green Broke
These are VERY expensive but it;s to show you treeless jumping saddles

Elite
     
    03-27-2011, 02:33 AM
  #10
Yearling
I'm by no means an expert so please regard my opinions in that light :)

It looks like it sits really low in the back. My saddle does that too and I use a wintec lift back comfort pad which helps tremendously.

Can you slide your fingers between the saddle and his withers? If it's even sort of tight there it's probably not wide enough. I had that problem with a saddle I was trying and someone showed me that if you pick up your horses front leg (simulating a stride and their range of motion) you can see how their shoulder moves and if it is tight it will get even tighter as they move around.

I don't know anyone who has the money for a professional saddle maker to come out and make a saddle for them but a trainer, chiropracter or vet should be able to give you some advice on whether or not it fits and how you might be able to fudge it with corrective pads.

Good luck!
     

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