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post #1 of 11 Old 09-16-2012, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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English saddle help/

Okay I found a old english saddle.Everything is good its cleaned and I am trying to get the knee pad to unfold.The stirrups are alittle rusted.Do you think it is safe to ride on.I will post pics soon.Is it okay to you a western girth just for a couple days???
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-16-2012, 09:43 PM
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Without pics, the only thing I can say is that it probably needs a lot of TLC. And, unless you have a girth converter, a western cinch just isn't going to work.

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My immediate thought is - no, don't use it. It looks quite old, and (difficult to tell size from the photos) it looks like a pony saddle. What size of horse and rider are you?

On the age thing; old isn't necessarily a problem if it has been cared for but the immediate thing that I think I see is very uneven padding underneath - over time the flocking inside the saddle will bunch up and become hard in places. The result of this is that the horse doesn't have a nice even pressure on his back, but a series of lumps and ridges which will become uncomfortable.

It's not okay to just put a thick pad underneath as English saddles aren't designed to fit with thick pads, and the result can be like putting a too thick pair of socks on with some close fitting shoes - just more squeezing.

Can you get a saddler to look at it without paying a call out fee?

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Well my horse is a pony and I am 10 years old.She is a QH and she is just getting into english.The table was a little off and the saddle was not really lumpy.Im not completly sure though im only 10.
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My horse is around 13 hands
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It looks a lot like an Imperial Derwent saddle I tried for a couple months. It was junk.

If you want to go English, I'd recommend going for a used well made brand.

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Well my horse is a pony and I am 10 years old.She is a QH and she is just getting into english.The table was a little off and the saddle was not really lumpy.Im not completly sure though im only 10.
Okay, so I take back what I said about the size

Turn it upside down and push with your hand firmly into the underneath where it will sit on the horse. Knead it front to back to really find out if it's lumpy in there. Remember, your horse will feel it when you're sitting in it, and when you're trotting and cantering any lack of smoothness will be felt.

I suggest you take some pictures of it on your horse without a saddle cloth from the front and the side and the back, then post them on here again.
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Okay, so I take back what I said about the size

Turn it upside down and push with your hand firmly into the underneath where it will sit on the horse. Knead it front to back to really find out if it's lumpy in there. Remember, your horse will feel it when you're sitting in it, and when you're trotting and cantering any lack of smoothness will be felt.

I suggest you take some pictures of it on your horse without a saddle cloth from the front and the side and the back, then post them on here again.
Okay I will I will have to do that tommarow thought its dark where I live.
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It looks a lot like an Imperial Derwent saddle I tried for a couple months. It was junk.

If you want to go English, I'd recommend going for a used well made brand.
Well I don't plan on using this for long term like I said its my moms old one.For christmas I am going to buy a new one.
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