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post #1 of 10 Old 04-09-2011, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage saddle fit

My trainer is going to check the fit of these tomorrow, but I wanted to get some opinions in the meantime.

My mare is proving to be slightly difficult to fit. A medium narrow is a touch too narrow, but now I'm wondering if a medium is slightly too wide. You be the judge!

I'm thinking that saddle # 1 (Collegiate) fits better than saddle # 2 (Barnsby) - especially in the back. I'm just not sure HOW well. Will find out for sure tomorrow. In the meantime, knock yourselves out! Sorry for the slighly blurry photos - these were taken with my Blackberry.

Saddle # 1 - Collegiate, medium tree:













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post #2 of 10 Old 04-09-2011, 08:59 PM
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Im by no means a saddle fitting expert but I am in the same situation as you at the moment with dressage saddles!! I think that #1 has a better fit than #2. I think that #2 is sitting to far down on hos wither.

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I agree that #2 seems to sit to far low on the withers, but there is something about the back of #1 that I don't like. Are dressage saddles supposed to come up off the back like that?

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You see, I think that #2 comes up off the back. Has a little bit of "kick up"

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post #5 of 10 Old 04-09-2011, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cat - I'm not sure! My trainer is a dressage rider and coach, she's going to give me a crash course in how they are supposed to fit tomorrow. #2 has a bit of a rock and it comes off the back more than #1 I think..

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Glad I "kinda" helped lol.

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PintoTess - I missed that! It sure does.

Good luck tomorrow Hali. Hope your coach can help you out.

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I don't like how either saddles fit honestly. The collegiate is better than the barnsby but I feel it's too low on the withers and will compress down with you in the saddle causing issues. The barnsby looks like it's tilted forward towards the withers and coming off the back. It's possible that these issues (with either or both saddles) could be fixed with a proper saddle reflock and fitting.

I'd love to hear what your trainer has to say about them. :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-11-2011, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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So mini-update.

Trainer viewed both - didn't want to go further with the Barnsby as it had a rock and was much too wide. It's going back.

The Collegiate is wide but not as wide and is a better fit than the Barnsby. The issues with my mare is that she currently has a medium narrow, but it is too narrow and she's developed pockets behind her shoulders which I'm hoping to fix with a better saddle and more work. With my fleece sheepskin pad the saddle fit very well and the likelyhood that building her muscles will make it fit even better down the road - but no guarantees and so I'm not 100% sold on the saddle - yet. My trainer says it could be a decent temporary saddle, but she's not sure about long term especially if I have to use pads with it. The fact also that it is foam rather than wool flocked makes it more difficult: otherwise I'd just have a saddler reflock and fit the saddle because the basic shape of the saddle and tree is a pretty good fit. I'm holding on to it for a few more days while I look at other saddles because I'm 50/50 on this one. I just don't have a huge budget and I don't want to get something that's on the narrower side only to have her back change and do this all over again. I'm of the opinion that you can fix wide better than narrow!

May post more updates with photos as I continue my hunt for the perfect saddle!
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I was going to say, I don't like either. I liked the way that the collegiate was conforming to her back better than the barnsby, whose panels were much too round for her, however the collegiate is just a little too wide. You might have to get a wide and get some type of half pad to fill in the extra space as long as she doesn't appose to it.
You can fix slightly too wide, but nothing will fix too narrow.

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