So I just got a new horse, appendix QH with very high withers/narrower shoulders. I have a collegiate close contact saddle with wide ( I think) tree and doesn't work for him. He's ok with with a think pad and a mattes half pad, but I want to get a new jumping saddle that wil actually fit him well. Does anyone know of a saddle that fits a horse of this description?
I Use A Wintec Narrow Tree 4 My TB Who Has Very High Withers But The est Advice You Could Get It Get A Qualified Saddler Out! You Do Not Want Your Horse Resenting Being Ridden Because Of An Ill Fitted Saddle Which Could End Up Recking His Back. Im Talkin From Experience Because When I 1st Got My HOrse He Had An Ill Fitted Saddle And Its Messed His Back Up But he's Not So Bad Now Beacuse We Get The Qualified Saddler Down And The Physio And he's Fine;D
Unfourtunately I am in a very small town far from the rest of the world (saddler is not much of an option). I've just stopped riding him till I get a new saddle because he's been so good lately and so happpy I just don't want to ruin those feeling he has about riding. I think I just have to do the test ride thing until I find one that works for him then try and find that saddle used. I am just hoping I can get some feedback from people who have had the same issue, thanks!
I agree with Lauren, a Wintec sounds like it would work because of all the different tree options. Or, if you really want leather, a Stubben would probably work, but they can be really expensive, especially new.
I would look for a saddle with a medium/regular tree and a partially cutback pommel. The cut back pommel will give room for the withers and let the saddle sit in a more normal position. A lot of the older Crosby's have cutback or partially cutback pommels.