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post #1 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Help finding saddle to fit my horse

I've never had to fit a saddle before, and don't know where to begin. I have a rough idea of what to look for to make sure it fits properly, but how do I know what type\size will fit him? I see seat sizes, gullet sizes, etc. Are there measurements that I need to take and compare to the saddle before I buy it to make sure I'm buying the correct size? Not sure if I want an english or western one yet so info for both would be great.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 09:41 AM
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Invest in getting a saddle fitter out.

I thought I had a pretty good grip on saddle fitting. In the market for a new saddle at the moment, out of interest got a saddle fitter to bring the one I like most out. I learnt so much a lot of which completely contradicted what I thought I knew.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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I unfortunately do not know of any saddle fitters in the area, and had asked around a few months ago when I first bought him, but no one knew of any.
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If there is a decent tack shop where you can see and sit in the saddles, short of bring your horse with you, try this method:

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

It's not always what you say but what they hear.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 10:08 AM
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Ask your vet or chiropractor about finding a saddle fitter.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 10:33 AM
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I ended up taking my boy to an Amish saddle maker to have him fitted, I was pulling my hair out trying to make sure I got the right one and IMO it's the best way to go. Are there any customized saddle makers in your area?
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-07-2011, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I do not think there are any saddle makers in my area. I know of one who is 3 hrs away, but that is a little far for me. There is a small tack shop nearby that I could call and ask though.
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