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post #1 of 12 Old 01-22-2012, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Does a good kid's English saddle exist?

I have a 15" English saddle that my 7-year-old uses. It's such poor quality, with such hard panels, and probably incorrectly shaped tree, that her horse tried to roll with her on him yesterday just to get the d$# thing off.

So now I'm looking for a 14.5" - 15.5" English saddle that is good enough quality that it won't hurt a horse. I'm looking all over eBay, Craigslist, consignment shops, but I'm finding that the good brands don't make saddles that small. It all seems to be cheap, hard, Indian-made garbage. It also seems that they're all scaled to the small seat, so the trees are all too narrow, even when marked as "wide".
Is it possible to find a kid's saddle, that won't cost a small fortune, that won't make a wide, flat-backed Morgan twitch and squirm?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-22-2012, 04:03 PM
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Have you thought about a synthetic maybe? I know Tekna makes smaller saddles and I think Wintec might.
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And I'm not angry. I don't know why that emoticon is on the title. I must have bumped into something. But there's no way to remove it.
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Wintec makes a 15" saddle. It comes in a Wide, but the Wintec wide is as narrow as a normal medium, so it won't work. Tried it. I'll look into the Tekna. Thanks.
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Try JustforPonies if you don't mind online they have a lot of smaller saddles. All different brands, even if it just gives an idea of what brands have smaller sizes.
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I believe M. Toulouse makes a child's saddle....have you thought of finding one of them used?
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I've got an older than dirt 14.5" blue ribbon that my mom bought from Miller's when I was a kid that I use for youngsters, it's been re-worked a couple times but still a great old saddle. It's been so long since I've looked at english saddles that I don't have much in the way of suggestions of current makers.

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Try JustforPonies if you don't mind online they have a lot of smaller saddles. All different brands, even if it just gives an idea of what brands have smaller sizes.
I agree with this suggestion

Also Statelinetack.com
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I believe M. Toulouse makes a child's saddle....have you thought of finding one of them used?
I've been looking exclusively at used saddles. I can't stand to spend the money for a new saddle when my kid will outgrow it within a few years. Pretty slim pickings in used kid saddles.
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Anybody familiar with the Henri de Rivel or HDR saddles? Will they hurt a horse?
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