English saddle fit

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

English saddle fit

This is a discussion on English saddle fit within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By poppy1356

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-24-2012, 12:47 PM
English saddle fit

The past couple times I've ridden I noticed areas on my horse's back near the withers where there was no sweat. I know this is a sign of a saddle not fitting properly; however this is the same saddle I've used on him all along and never had a problem with it. I don't want him to be in pain, but I don't want to have to buy another saddle either. Is there something I can do?
Sponsored Links
    07-24-2012, 01:23 PM
Green Broke
Get a saddle fitter to re-flock the underside. The saddle no longer fits, doesn't matter if it used to. Pad won't help as it sounds like it's too narrow.
EvilHorseOfDoom likes this.
    07-25-2012, 12:22 AM
I agree with the above post :)
    07-25-2012, 12:26 AM
A horse's body shape changes over time - do you fit in your pants exactly the same way from, say, 5 years ago? I know I don't! (What is with expansion over time? Seriously.)
Get a saddle fitter out to assess what the problem is - the saddle is likely too narrow if there are no sweat marks, so it may be time for a new saddle. A too-narrow tree won't change with re-flocking.
    07-25-2012, 04:18 AM
I agree with everyone else.

Even though dry patches aren't a good guide to fit something's obviously changed - if an owner's worried that's good enough for me. After all, you know your horse best. Have it checked. With a bit of luck it'll just be a flock alteration :)
    07-25-2012, 12:58 PM
How can I find someone who would do this?
    07-25-2012, 03:04 PM
Green Broke
Hmmm. Someone here had posted a link at one time that had a list of fitters. Maybe someone knows where that is?
Posted via Mobile Device
    07-26-2012, 12:44 AM
Hmm... on a mare I was working for someone, in my western saddle, there were 2 quarter sized spots (okay maybe half-dollar sized?... they weren't very big) that were dry, right by her withers the first time I rode her. The second time I used a different pad (a little bit thinner) and they weren't there. Everything was sweaty. How does this indicate the saddle doesn't fit? I wanna learn I wanna learn!
    07-31-2012, 11:38 PM
The other day I used a half pad with my regular one and there were no dry spots afterward.
I checked for saddle fit and everything seems to be fine. He's got four fingers worth of space between the pommel and his withers.
    08-01-2012, 04:32 AM
The only rule for the gap between withers and pommel is there must be one at all times. The amount of space is more relevant to the horse's conformation than the fit itself. It's perfectly possible to have a three or four finger gap (and even less sometimes) when the saddle is far too narrow at the shoulder, so the fit there is a lot more important.
Confusing, I know :(

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
16.5" Crosby CC English Saddle + More English Tack/Apparel- OFFERS ACCEPTED MUST GO! tana Tack and Equipment Classifieds 13 10-03-2011 04:11 PM
wanted: bell boots, english saddle and other english tack hburke Tack and Equipment Classifieds 16 01-26-2011 09:07 AM
FS: Nintendo DS, English apparel / Wanted: English CC Saddle ponyrawr Tack and Equipment Classifieds 2 10-17-2010 08:35 PM
me riding English!! In an actual english saddle!! alucard Horse Pictures 4 07-20-2009 01:11 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0