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    09-22-2008, 01:55 PM
  #1
Trained
How does this saddle fit?

It looks like the saddle fits Montana OK, but I'm really unsure.
I have not ridden him yet since I was unsure if the saddle fit him.
He is also uphill, so I would need a riser pad, correct?








     
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    09-22-2008, 02:20 PM
  #2
Banned
From what I can tell, it looks like it fits fairly well. But definitely ride him in it and see how he acts, and then work him up to a good sweat and check his sweat patterns on his back. There should be no dry spots by his withers at all.
     
    09-22-2008, 02:59 PM
  #3
Showing
The saddle looks like it has a tree way to big and the saddle is going to be rubbing against his withers, even with the pad you have in the photo.
     
    09-22-2008, 03:16 PM
  #4
Super Moderator
Can I hijack this thread and post pix? (I only want to post a couple) I think my saddle is too tight for Blue but I don't know how to tell... I think it's why he has behavioral issues english?

M2G - how will that saddle rub the withers? It looks like there is plenty of room...? (I'm not being a smarty pants, I really don't know)
     
    09-22-2008, 03:54 PM
  #5
Showing
Looks like it fits nicely! ;)
     
    09-22-2008, 05:26 PM
  #6
Green Broke
It looks like a nice fit. Something else to try before working him in it, is to just sit on him whilst he's tacked up. With your weight in the saddle you should be able to get a rough idea of how much room he does have between his withers and the saddle etc.

Ooooh Appy I can't wait to see pics of you riding him! :)
     
    09-22-2008, 09:01 PM
  #7
Trained
Well I rode him in the saddle, only walking so he didn't work up a sweat.

He acted fine and in fact better than he did with the western saddle that he was always ridden in.

I had the same exact tack on, except I put on my fuzzy girth.

Farmpony, you can hijack the thread.. I would like to see other saddle fit pictures so I can get a better idea of what to look for.
     
    09-22-2008, 10:54 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
from what I can tell, it looks like it fits fairly well. But definitely ride him in it and see how he acts, and then work him up to a good sweat and check his sweat patterns on his back. There should be no dry spots by his withers at all.
You really can't tell by the sweat patterns... don't forget that the pad will wick up and deposit the moisture. If there are dry spots, then it's really bad, but if there aren't any, it doesn't mean the saddle fits.

Personally, I think it does not fit well in front. It should have even contact and I see a space on the upper side. However, I am *definitely* not an expert on this. Not even close. When you place it without a pad, does it sit snugly or does it rock sideways or back to front? Looking from the back, does it seem to have even contact? Run your hand under the side as best you can -- does it seem to have even contact front to back? Tighten it up without a pad and push down -- any change? When you sit in it, does it change? Sit weight front / then back -- any movement? These are all just ideas. Might be easier if you can get someone else to sit in the saddle so you can look or vice versa.
     
    09-22-2008, 11:34 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by northernmama
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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
from what I can tell, it looks like it fits fairly well. But definitely ride him in it and see how he acts, and then work him up to a good sweat and check his sweat patterns on his back. There should be no dry spots by his withers at all.
You really can't tell by the sweat patterns... don't forget that the pad will wick up and deposit the moisture. If there are dry spots, then it's really bad, but if there aren't any, it doesn't mean the saddle fits.

Personally, I think it does not fit well in front. It should have even contact and I see a space on the upper side. However, I am *definitely* not an expert on this. Not even close. When you place it without a pad, does it sit snugly or does it rock sideways or back to front? Looking from the back, does it seem to have even contact? Run your hand under the side as best you can -- does it seem to have even contact front to back? Tighten it up without a pad and push down -- any change? When you sit in it, does it change? Sit weight front / then back -- any movement? These are all just ideas. Might be easier if you can get someone else to sit in the saddle so you can look or vice versa.
Thanks for the info Northernmama. I will do that tomorrow. Only problem with having someone else sit in it, is that there is really no one there... My BO is there but she has a 1 year old and her time is consumed with her until her hubby gets home (which is after I leave)

I'll ask Tom to come with me tomorrow and take pictures of me in the saddle. When I do that, should I have a pad on or keep him padless so things an easily be seen? Should it be of all angles(right side, left side, back and front)?

I'll also go to the local tack shop and see if someone knowledgeable in saddle fittings can come out and size him for me. The only problem I see with him needing a different saddle is that I would only be able to use that saddle for him, and not for Gem... unless Gem needs a narrower tree.

I am going to do a bit of research and see what I come up with to help me get some more knowledge in this department...
     
    09-23-2008, 09:47 AM
  #10
Super Moderator
I have to feed really fast tonight to get to the t-ball game on time but i'll try to throw my saddle on while he eats and take pix. Do I need to put the girth on too or just lay the saddle on him? I really think my saddle is his issue. It's a wide tree but someone was telling me to go ahead and pay the big bucks for the bates because it has changeable gullets? Anyway, I'll take pix.
     

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