Best saddle for a youngster! HELP PLEASE

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    07-17-2010, 10:13 AM
Best saddle for a youngster! HELP PLEASE

Hi all,

Well I have just recently got my new horse, Ricoh. He's approx 15hh, bay, 4 year old, TB X Welsh Sec D gedling. I am just really stuck in terms of a saddle as I know how important fit is and I know people say 'oh stick anyone on him for breaking in, it doesnt matter at the start', but I also know if it hurts him even slightly it will cause bad reactions.

Anyway, all saddle fitters in my area only fit if you then buy the saddle they say but I just need to find his size and then buy one secondhand or off internet as I have limited funds. I would spend a bit more if I knew it could be adjusted to fit his shape but I really don't know how I could do this. I am not interested in a treeless saddle but can anyone help with suggesting a good treed saddle for breaking a young horse in.

He has never been ridden so will change as he will muscle up and has already put on weight as he was skinnyish when I got him.

Saddles I have considered are Wintec GP, Thorowgood T6 GP, Bates but I am really stuck.
I am also unsure how to measure how long a saddle he needs. I think he will be a 17". Im including some photos off him just because I love him :) And also so people can see his build etc as he has a relatively flat black but medium withers.

Finally, Can people please comment on his conformation as well please as I'd like to know how good it is as i'm no expert on it.

Please help, anyone


Sarah x
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    07-17-2010, 12:14 PM
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Nice Looking Horse. He has powerful shoulders, looks similar to our guy.

    07-17-2010, 01:38 PM
Do you have a local tack shop?
If you do, most will allow you to take saddles out on loan to test the fit.
Or, if it's a possibility, maybe you could trailer him to the tack shop and try them on there...?
    07-17-2010, 03:31 PM
Thanks Southern Trails GA, I love him :) I believe he's going to be a good galloper/jumper

I have a few local tack shops but one is very very overpriced and I don't trust the fitter and the others wont loan out saddles

Any personal opinions on what saddles are good?
    07-17-2010, 04:42 PM
He does seem to have a fairly flat back, so the wintec/bates with the interchangeable gullet may work for you.
The other tack shop- the one that doesn't loan out saddles? Any chance you could trailer him there?

And as for not trusting the fitter- there are many online tutorials to help you learn to fit saddles- some on this forum even. That's not to say that a proffesional fitter isn't beneficial, just that you can check the essentials on your own.
    07-17-2010, 04:47 PM
Im thinking maybe the thorowgood t6 gp saddle as they are leather look but they have interchangeable gullets as well as other adjustment systems. Has anyone got one of these?
Im not a fan of Wintecs really but it may be a resort.
Thanks, I have looked on here and online about saddle fitting as a guide for which gullet to choose which is why I want one with adjustable gullets really.

I can't trailer him as I have no transport at the mo and he's not a fan of travelling. I need to work him on this but have no trailer or lorry to practice with :(
    07-17-2010, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by SarahRicoh    
Thanks Southern Trails GA, I love him :) I believe he's going to be a good galloper/jumper

I have a few local tack shops but one is very very overpriced and I don't trust the fitter and the others wont loan out saddles

Any personal opinions on what saddles are good?
Due to the fact at 4YO he will change and continue to grow to about 6 or 7, I would look into a Saddle that has Changeable Gullets, the only one I am aware of, since we use several models at the riding club are the Wintec English Saddles. My wife and one student has the Isabella and several students use the 2000 and one uses the 500 model. Wintec have held up well and are fairly inexpensive compared to the others, even the top of the line Isabella is about 1,000.00 plus stirrups and leathers, my wife's is about 15 YO.

I think there are some other Brands that offer the Changeable Gullets too.

Sent you a PM.

    07-18-2010, 04:44 AM
I can't reply to PM's because I havent got enough posts or something so I did read it,sorry.

I think that's my choice as I definitely want one with changeable gullets.

Its either wintec or thorowgood for me as they are two that I have available and for me its thorowgood. Anyone got an opinion on if wintec or thorowgood are better?

Thanks SouthernTrails
    07-18-2010, 01:59 PM
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I just want to add, the saddle seat size doesn't impact how it fits the horse. That is only for the rider. When looking at how it fits him, you will need to look at tree, gullet, bars, etc. So, YOU may need a 17", but it won't impact fit on your cute baby. ;)
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    07-19-2010, 08:10 PM
I've got a Thorowgood T4 (the suede one) and love it. Its very comfy and great for the flat backed guys. I got the broadback version (from Dover) and it seems to fit my wither-less Morgan three year old quite well. I've got the exact same problem and did tons of research before purchasing it. Good luck with your choice. And I also wanted to second Sunny, the saddle length is for you, (the length of your leg and your seat size), not the horse. You get a tree and gullet to match the horse's conformation.

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