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post #1 of 2 Old 12-21-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Close contact brand/model suggestions for TB?

I bought a Bates Elevation over the summer, and I just can't deny it anymore: It doesn't fit my OTTB's giant withers. There isn't enough clearance, and it's causing some problems. Plus, I'm sick of putting a bandaid on the problem by adding a puffy half pad.

Do you have any brand suggestions that I should test out? I don't have a huge budget, so Antares, Butet, Delgrange, etc. are all waaaaaay out of my price range, even used. Unfortunately, that also goes for custom saddles.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 2 Old 12-22-2012, 07:20 AM
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I'd look for something flocked. TBs can be a nightmare and if yours is truly high-withered you need something with a deep-ish tree to give you clearance in front with a deep gusset at the rear to compensate. If the horse just has an average wither but deep hollows behind the shoulders (and they often have high withers and hollows) you'll need a dropped/TB panel to get anything like a decent fit with a correct arch width.

Albion do a range of jumping saddles (much of their stuff was originally designed with TB event horses in mind) with plenty of panel and the right tree shapes but budget may be a problem there :(

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