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post #1 of 13 Old 05-30-2008, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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ARG stupid saddle

Okay I'm STILL having trouble finding a saddle that fits Sonny and it's getting to the point where I don't think I'll ever find a western saddle that will fit him.

It's either too big or puts pressure points on his withers. It's an unending struggle. I've tried 6 westerns on him...only 1 fit and that was a friends saddle so I couldn't buy it.

I'm thinking that I'll have to go with a saddle that's too big and pad it up, but I don't know the "proper" way of doing that.
Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-30-2008, 11:10 PM
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uuuhhh here's a idea...find out what make and where she got it and get one?
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-31-2008, 08:23 AM
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I agree with K_T. ;) Maybe you could get the exact same one she has? lol

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-31-2008, 08:52 AM
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uuuhhh here's a idea...find out what make and where she got it and get one?
OR - you could take the measurements off of that saddle and match them up to another one if you can't find the exact one ;)

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post #5 of 13 Old 06-03-2008, 11:35 AM
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Have you done a proper wither tracing and carried around the template of that tracing when you went saddle hunting?

Many companies that make saddles, have wonderful "How-To" guides on the proper way to measure your horses back and withers.

In some cases the only way to get a proper fit, is to call out a saddle fitter and then special order a saddle. If you have to do that, make sure you order from some one who excepts the saddle back for adjustments, etc. as your horse will most likely change shape over time.

It can get rather expensive in the long wrong, but at least you know that your saddle will fit and be of top quality.

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post #6 of 13 Old 06-03-2008, 11:47 AM
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could you possibly go to a place where they custom make them based on sunny's measurements?

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post #7 of 13 Old 06-03-2008, 12:43 PM
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I agree with above posters, but I just wanted to add that 6 trial saddles is nothing - I went through at least 20 when I was looking for a close contact saddle.

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-04-2008, 07:22 AM
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Be more definative. What is
too big

It sounds like you have tried some that were too wide and sitting down on his withers.

We keep about 25 western saddles for our operatoin so we can fit various body types. The saddle the fits the most is a flex panel by Timberline. Not saying all flex panels fit most horses, but with some smart design criteria, this one fits most.

If you want some help from really knowledgable people, call the folks at Timberline. I hauled my horse from South Carolina to Missouri and spent a day with the staff. You may not want to do that, but their master saddle maker is a pretty sharp dude. I was impressed when we talked on the phone about a second saddle. Earl is very insightful. So many other places you get a sales rep that wants to sell, not help.

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post #9 of 13 Old 06-04-2008, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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yeah it's too was sitting too far down on the withers and the back of the saddle didn't sit on his back it was up in the air (even without it cinched.)

As for getting the same saddle as my friend has..I can't seem to find it's a synthetic brand and I thought the name was "Blue Ribbon" or something like that...(I know it had Blue in it) but I can't find anything that even clowly resembles it...also the back was REALLY high in her saddle which I hated.

How much would a costum saddle cost? That's my problem...I don't have a whole lot of money to put on a saddle at the moment, but i would like a saddle to trail ride in so I don't have to either use an english saddle for trails or one that doesn't fit (I used an english for the first trail with Sonny and I hated it)
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-04-2008, 05:49 PM
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we have a saddle maker here who custom makes western saddle, his are areally nice, starting price is about $2,500 and up, i once asked if he would make a english saddle for me but i had to wait about 10 minutes while he was laughing at me...every one ridew western here
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