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  • Is it unusual for an arabian to have a wither tracing measurement of over 12 inches?
  • Fitting aussie saddle to typical morab

 
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    11-02-2008, 07:35 AM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Jen, I don't think the gullet is wide enough and it's placing the back of your saddle too low (pommel is too high).
Crap. That's what I thought. So she's going to need a pretty wide gullet, huh?
     
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    11-02-2008, 10:21 AM
  #12
Showing
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Originally Posted by 3neighs    
Crap. That's what I thought. So she's going to need a pretty wide gullet, huh?
Yeah, I think so. That's an unusual seat on your saddle, I don't remember seeing a quilted seat before - That could leave an interesting pattern on your bumm.
     
    11-02-2008, 01:42 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Ha ha! It's a really comfy saddle, but I want something with a little more security for when she has her moments.
     
    11-02-2008, 09:12 PM
  #14
Green Broke
It's sitting too high in front, which could either mean that it's too narrow, OR that the balance of the saddle is not right for your horse (it needs more flocking in the back half of the saddle). Either way, it's not a great fit.
     
    11-02-2008, 09:13 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by 3neighs    
Ha ha! It's a really comfy saddle, but I want something with a little more security for when she has her moments.
I would check out the Abetta endurance in the regular QH tree or the Wide tree. It's pretty comfy and the regular tree seems to fit most horses pretty well. The buyabetta.com place will help you with fit.
     
    11-12-2008, 12:04 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Well, I'm just not having much luck. I've decided I'd like to go with an aussie or an endurance saddle. Well, the two tack stores that are even remotely close to here don't carry either of those.

I did the wither measurement and traced it on a piece of cardboard. I found a website that has some good visual references for fitting a saddle and they showed pictures of someone holding the wire shape up to the front of the saddle to show how it should fit in regards to the gullet/bars. I held Stella's shape up to all the saddles I own including my mom's western saddle that I was going to borrow until I found a new one. NONE of them fit.

Here's what I have. These are pictures with the wire over Stella's withers. Am I doing it in the right place?
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    11-12-2008, 12:22 PM
  #17
Green Broke
(It was very wet and muddy in the pictures above. Excuse Stella's messy condition.)

Now THIS is the template I traced and cut out. I also wrote the measurements as they suggested. I noticed the ones used on this particular site are perfect triangle shapes with straight lines, but Stella doesn't have straight lines, she's quite rotund. So, I'm just not sure if I'm doing it right. She measures 9 inches and from the saddles I've checked out with "wide" gullets are 8 in. Am I going to have to have a custom saddle made?

On the other hand, she will most likely drop some weight over the winter so should I just wait until spring to get a new saddle. But then, what will I ride in over the winter? Arghhh!
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    11-12-2008, 02:19 PM
  #18
Showing
Jen,

If it were my horse, I would fit her at her heaviest not at her lightest so I would get a saddle now not in the spring. You can always add a blanket but you can't take one away.

As for fit, I think you have the wire a little too far up her withers but in any case, and if we are talking Western saddle, I'd go with a 7 1/2 - 8 gullet and FQH bars.

If you are taking the pic straight on then I would also say your horse is more muscled on one side then the other. That's pretty common and what you need to do is to work her in the weak direction to build up that side some more.
     
    11-12-2008, 03:50 PM
  #19
Foal
An Aussie fit my hard to fit mare the best! Go with the serge panels, like an English saddle, not the fleece bottom like a Western, if you go that route. If you go Western I'd recommend a rounded skirt for her short back. I believe when you do the gullet measurement the hanger goes about two fingers width behind the shoulder blade. If you have trouble finding it, have someone move her leg forward and back. You look a little too far forward. I sympathize with you, the saddle fitting thing is not fun. A Thornhill endurance fit my Morab second best. She is wide-ish in front and has somewhat lopsided shoulders, plus a small sway. I took her to a saddle fitter who told me I'd never find a Western to fit her unless it was custom made. Not that you'll have the same problem, but if you try on a ton and nothing works, this could be the case.

If you want to buy a new Aussie, downunderweb.com is great to work with. You fax measuremets and can email pics, and then once you get the saddle you can email pics and they'll help you out and you even get one free adjustment if needed. They also have all kinds of price ranges.
     
    11-12-2008, 08:15 PM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Jen,

If it were my horse, I would fit her at her heaviest not at her lightest so I would get a saddle now not in the spring. You can always add a blanket but you can't take one away.

As for fit, I think you have the wire a little too far up her withers but in any case, and if we are talking Western saddle, I'd go with a 7 1/2 - 8 gullet and FQH bars.

If you are taking the pic straight on then I would also say your horse is more muscled on one side then the other. That's pretty common and what you need to do is to work her in the weak direction to build up that side some more.
I knew you'd put it all into perspective for me. I guess I'm making it more complicated than it really is. So that size gullet would work even though she measures wider than that?

Cloudy, I'm so glad to hear you've had success with fitting hard-to-fit horses! Yes, I've been looking at the Downunder line of saddles and I really like them. I wondered, too, about the panels versus the fleece so thanks for explaining that!
     

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