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    01-19-2013, 09:39 AM
  #31
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Tnavas    
Uncleararthur - the saddle is not a Bates - it is a Pessoa so unclear as to what you are referring to.
The fitting video HitS tagged on the end of hers.

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Originally Posted by Tnavas    
It is possible to slip a layer of solid foam between the panels and the underside of the saddle to slightly raise the front. You may need to get a saddler to do this for you.
This don't work.

Because the tree point is fixed to the panel you cannot get foam underneath it. Thus you end up with a gap, just where you need extra support.

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    01-19-2013, 02:08 PM
  #32
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by unclearthur    
The fitting video HitS tagged on the end of hers.



This don't work.

Because the tree point is fixed to the panel you cannot get foam underneath it. Thus you end up with a gap, just where you need extra support.

Sorry :(
Oh sorry didn't mean to tag any other videos, hadn't even realized the thing did that
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    01-19-2013, 02:19 PM
  #33
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Oh sorry didn't mean to tag any other videos, hadn't even realized the thing did that
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Ha! I thought you'd added it because you've got an X-Change Pessoa! Principle's the same
     
    01-19-2013, 02:46 PM
  #34
Green Broke
Haha no it probably came up because of the tag or something! Same principle different systems, I used to have a Wintec back in the day with their Easy Change system.
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    01-19-2013, 03:15 PM
  #35
Weanling
I've always found that the close contact - the modern equivalent of a normal saddle pre the 'deep seat' saddles the easiest to fit and the ones that cause the least on going problems. My Bates Caprilli used to spend so much time being flocked up and having flocking removed I finally sold it and bought a less gusseted saddle - which I still have 20 years later and it seems to fit anything it sits on - plus I can change the gullet too.
     
    01-20-2013, 06:47 AM
  #36
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Tnavas    
I've always found that the close contact - the modern equivalent of a normal saddle pre the 'deep seat' saddles the easiest to fit and the ones that cause the least on going problems. My Bates Caprilli used to spend so much time being flocked up and having flocking removed I finally sold it and bought a less gusseted saddle - which I still have 20 years later and it seems to fit anything it sits on - plus I can change the gullet too.
The problem is that while CC seats tend to be flatter and more like older saddles, foam panels are nothing like as good or forgiving as the old flat wool ones. That's why so many showjumpers and eventers wear pads and thick numnahs - as they get fitter and their muscles more toned their saddles still fit tree-wise but the panels are nothing like. You end up with a not-very-close-contact saddle, though because they're smaller and lighter they're better for higher level competition. Maybe.

I see so many multi-use pleasure horses where a conventionally-flocked saddle would be a better choice overall. But that's just my view

PS. The main reason so many foam-panel saddles are manufactured is one of the worst - cost. They're a lot cheaper to produce than a flocked saddle as they use (slightly) less leather and panels need little skill to make other than the ability to use a sewing machine. So the manufacturer makes more margin per unit (well - they look cool, don't they?) and the horse suffers the consequences, a lot of times.
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