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    06-06-2011, 07:23 PM
Ok. How about a third or fourth totally different opinion? Isn't the itnernet wonderful!
I see a fairly nicely fitting saddle, at least from what I can see from the front/angle view. It also seems to sit correctly from the side, neither too high nor too low in front.

Howver, I agree that this saddle is maybe a bit too small for you. You do have a nice, long femur, so the flap is abit short, IF you lower your leg where it wants to be. The seat is also one size too short for you.
What size is it? You will have a very sore PeePee if you ride in a saddle too small for you for any length of time.

Your horse is also swishing his tail in all of those shots. This may or may not be normal behavior for him, But can be a sign of irritation.

There you have it!
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    06-06-2011, 09:56 PM
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I think the tale swishing was because of the flies. They have been horrible and he doesn't really have a tail so his swishing is REALLY animated! The saddle is actually a 17. So I geuss I'm a fatty!!! LOL. That makes me want to cry too!
    06-06-2011, 10:20 PM
If you didn't know that it is a jumping saddle what kind of saddle are you looking for? I have a 17.5 Shleese dressage saddle with adjustable tree and wool flocking for sale
    06-06-2011, 10:30 PM
Yep, definitely a jumping saddle with very forward flaps. Are you looking for a jumping saddle? I think if you let your leg out any longer than that, it would look very strange. I think the seat might be a touch too small for you.
    06-06-2011, 10:32 PM
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I'm looking for a close contact. I think it is a close contact but I'm thinking it is a jumping. I asked the girl selling it and she said it is just a close contact?

This is going to be the 3rd saddle I buy for Riley so I really need it to fit, that's why I posted it here for critique. It's looking like I'm going back to the drawing board. I'm really at a loss. I had an HDR, then a Toullouse. When I took him to the tack trailer we tried a Butet, a Toullouse Genisis, a wide HDR, a no-name brand and something else. Nothing fit.
    06-06-2011, 10:43 PM
Is there any way you can have a saddle fitter come out and either test out a bunch of saddles of have him take a look at your horse's back and hear what he has to say?
    06-06-2011, 10:47 PM
Originally Posted by blush    
On your horse, it sits weird..idk but it just looks off. If the saddle is sitting on your horse without a pad, can you easily run your hand under the saddle and over his shoulder without any pressure? If you can the saddle fits well there but seems to be too wide at the withers. If you can't, the saddle is too narrow and you need to look for a wider model. To me, the saddle looks a tad wide, but a few bumper pads would fix that.Posted via Mobile Device
Exactly. Running your hand under the saddle at his shoulders will help you feel for pressure and see if its to tight. When the saddle is on your horse without a pad, you should be able to see light from the back and front. Meaning if you were looking through the cantle of the saddle to the pommel, you should see light through it and reverse. Also be able to fit 3 fingers in the tree with and without a pad. You don't want to have to over pad.

A few people also said it looked a tad small. It does, sadly. The seat is a little small for you which would make the flaps a little short too just being a small saddle (i think). But its a nice looking saddle! Especially for jumping.

Originally Posted by blush    
The reason that the best saddles are flocked with wool is because wool molds to the horse aka it breaks in!Posted via Mobile Device
The good thing about a wool flocked saddle is it can be reflocked or have added wool to raise it up or reshape it when it gets older. You will find however that most CC saddles, saddles used primarily in Hunter/Jumpers are stuffed with foam and cannot be reflocked. Its a bummer, but extremely common. A majority of CC saddles are foam.

Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I'm looking for a close contact. I think it is a close contact but I'm thinking it is a jumping. I asked the girl selling it and she said it is just a close contact... ?
CC saddles can be used for Jumping. Most hunters I have known have CC saddles. Maybe that's where the wires are crossed. Some people look at CC saddles and jumping as the same. But I would ask the girl selling it for sure!!
    06-06-2011, 10:48 PM
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I've done that. They said he has a long wither and a wide shoulder and then they tried a ton of saddles. They said they have a stubben guy that can come and have a saddle made for him but that is not an option for me right now so what I need is to find something that will work for us.
    06-06-2011, 10:52 PM
Is there any saddles out there that are extra wide? Then maybe you can supplement with correction pads to fit better. As far as having a long whither, does that mean the saddle has to be placed farther back or needs a wide gullet clearing?
    06-06-2011, 10:56 PM
Loveeee stubben.
The saddle flaps are made longer on some of their CC saddles and fit people with longer femurs. I have a stubben (and a longer femur) and I love it. Fits me and robbie super, perfect for hacking and jumping and really comfortable. However, a tad more expensive.

I also really like Amerigo. :)
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