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        08-07-2008, 07:06 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Does this saddle fit?

    Hello! I am new here. I have been struggling with saddle fit on my horse lately. I decided to get rid of my old saddle because I knew it did not fit right. I had had the saddle since I was a teen and it was not right for my current horse or me (I have gained a few lbs. Since my wedding last year, trying to loose it now, but that is a completely different story). Anyway, I can't afford a new saddle and had a friend that had a used saddle that was for sale. It is a Stubben Seigfried. I really like the saddle and it fits me better than my old Crosby (and much more comfortable with actual knee rolls!). Anyway, it seems to fit him better but I am still not 100% sure. I took some pictures, some did not come out as I had hoped but here are the good ones. Those of you who know about saddle fit, could you tell me what you think?

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        08-09-2008, 04:46 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Any help would be greatly appriciated.
         
        08-09-2008, 04:54 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    The side views make it look too narrow--it seems to come down to close to the withers. But you have a front view with a couple fingers under. How about a three-quarters front view so we can really see how it's sitting in front?
         
        08-09-2008, 07:24 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Yes, that picture did not come out very good, his mane was in the way. I will try to get a better picture tomorrow. I was told that my other saddle was too wide. This is a 31in tree. It seems to have better wither clearance, but I am still not sure about it. The other thing I am considering when looking at a saddle is that he has been off for quite some time (and me as well), so we are both getting back in shape. I am wondering how much his back will change as he builds up muscle. My last saddle was a Crosby pre dex nation (spelling?) regular tree. It was not a good fit for either one of us but I could not afford a new saddle. However, when my friend offered this one, I thaught it may work and I decided that either way I needed something different. So, I guess if this one does not work, I will be shopping around for a used saddle. I have already put my other saddle on consignment. Thanks so much for your help. I will post more pictures tomorrow afternoon.
         
        08-10-2008, 08:11 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Clover, your pictures make it very difficult to access your saddle fit. I would much rather see the horse from all angles without a rider. I will say that the last picture you posted of his side shows that the saddle seems too far back by a bit. It may also be a size small for you.

    Concerning his muscle development, if he will be used more and will build more muscle then I would go with a slightly wider tree and use a little more padding to compensate. That is a temporary fix but it's better then having to buy a second saddle when he physically improves.
         

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