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post #1 of 10 Old 04-25-2011, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Help Needed A.S.A.P. - Saddle Fitter Coming Soon

I wasn't sure where to put this, please move it if it's in the wrong spot.

So, I will be meeting a saddle fitter at the stable in a few hours, and I was wondering if, other than a good grooming and making the boy look presentable, there is anything special I should be doing? Should I have a bridle on and ready to go, or will a halter do fine? Should I warm him up first?
Any suggestions will be most appreciated! This is my first professional fitting (so excited!), and I want to be ready.


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Just have him groomed and ready.
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When I had my saddle fitter out I just brushed them from top to the bottom. You can also put halter on IF your horse is hard to catch (not an issue for my mares).

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If your horse does not stand well for fussing over with out being worked first then have the horse lunged and ready to stand for the fitter.
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I would do nothing but have him groomed. I wouldn't want my horse sweated up for his fitting.

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I would do nothing but have him groomed. I wouldn't want my horse sweated up for his fitting.
I guess I was not clear. Of course lunge him and cool him out and groom before the saddle fitter gets there.
Do not present a sweat covered horse to the saddle fitter.
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Thanks everyone! I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some unwritten rule for saddle fitting that I wasn't aware of.

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hope it went well and looking forward to hearing about it!

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When having a saddlefitter some, find out their qualifications first. One almost needs to be a saddlemaker in order to be a saddlefitter. It is my understanding there are only about 50 who belong to the Master Saddler's Guild in the US. They understand saddle structure and the dynamics of horse movement. Too often we see saddle sales people calling themselves fitters in order to sell you one of their saddles.
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Everything went great! I ended up with a very nice Thornhill Berlin AP. I am very happy with it. Unfortunately I'm not able to start breaking it in just yet, as the fitter is going to readjust the flocking just a tad.

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When having a saddlefitter some, find out their qualifications first. One almost needs to be a saddlemaker in order to be a saddlefitter. It is my understanding there are only about 50 who belong to the Master Saddler's Guild in the US. They understand saddle structure and the dynamics of horse movement. Too often we see saddle sales people calling themselves fitters in order to sell you one of their saddles.
I actually had Cordia Pearson do my fitting, and she is a qualified Society of Master Saddlers saddle fitter. I highly recommend them to anyone if you have access to one!

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