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    02-17-2009, 09:14 PM
The thorowgood fit okay, but not great. I loved how it sat on her back, the gullets were perfect, but there was more pressure towards the cantle.
So my trainer suggested the wintec isabell, and that will be our next try!
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    02-18-2009, 10:54 AM
I love my wintec! I have a wintec and I find it far better quality than throrowood, with more adjustability and customization options. You can also get the easy change system on bates leather saddles along with the cair air panel system, the air adjusts instantly to the horses shape and helps even out pressure along the horses back.

Another interesting option (but more pricey) might be a saddle like this that has panels that are adjustable and can be customized.
    02-18-2009, 11:23 AM
Bates makes Wintecs - they are made on the same line, same warehouse and same models. No difference between the two what-so-ever - other than one being made out of quallity calf leather, and the other synthetic.

I laugh at people who ride in Bates, and scoff Wintecs.......when they are exactly the same saddles.
    02-18-2009, 11:29 AM
With her withers and back shape, I'd look at a used Passier. They have cut
Back pommels and a more rounded shape to the pannels. Whatever you get,
Be sure it's wool flocked, so you can have it customized if need be.
My TB has the same exactly shape. Same exact.

I have gone through allot of saddles. Many bridged, or caused pockets.

The thing is with many saddles that are sold on the market, are cookie cutter shaped. They are all made with the intention to fit the withers, not the back.

"ok, well if the pommel is the right size, so is the saddle" and that is incorrect.


Make sure the saddle rides the ribs, not the spine - the pannels need to be wide enough to beable to dispurse your bodies weight evenly over your horses back...not all compressed near the spine.

Make sure the pannels are spread apart enough - you should beable to fit 4 fingers inbetween the space between your pannels. That means the saddle is riding the ribs - not the spine.

If you cannot......then the saddle is riding the spine.

Really learn how to read the sweat marks on your saddle pad. That will tell you exactly what is going on. Bridging, if the saddle is even. Spine clearance, pockets, distributing the weight where it should be......
    02-18-2009, 08:55 PM
I have no problem with bridging at all. The only problem I have is having too much pressure put towards cantle. :)

I am definitely looking for wider panels, which is why I was so quick to put the thorowgood on trial. It sits on her ribs, but, yet again, too much pressure towards the cantle.

There's a very nice used bates isabell that's our size for sale at a local tack shop. It's about the same price as a new wintec isabell. Gah.. which one should I go with? Haha.
I don't know if the used one is adjustable, if it's not, I think i'm going to go with a new one.

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    02-18-2009, 08:56 PM
Oh there are also some passiers for sale at the used tack store place, too.
    02-18-2009, 11:02 PM
I am not a fan of Thorowgood saddles, but LOVE bates and wintec.

They fit most horses, because of the CAIR panels and the changeable gullets, and are also adjustable in the panels if necessary for a custom fit. Their Isabell Dressage saddle is wonderful, and while I can not stand the Innova, many love it. I just prefer my Isabell. I also have their CC and love it as well. Prefer it over their Elevation jumping saddles imo. Regardless, I've had tremendous success with the Bates range, from wonderful leather, to incredible fit even on my hardest to fit horse - my (now late) gelding who was a shark fin with withers a full hand higher than his back with a top narrow base wide build - and got this saddle to fit him well!

    02-19-2009, 10:21 PM
So I went over to dover today :)
Returned the thorowgood.
Had a lady help me figure out what I wanted. We narrowed it down to the Isabell and this one: Klimke Ovation Dressage Saddle - Dover Saddlery..

I thought the klimke would fit her better, it's adjustable, and its panels are wool. So I bought it! It fits really nicely, and I *think* it's a keeper. I'm having my dressage trainer look at it tomorrow.
    02-23-2009, 12:56 PM
Originally Posted by saraequestrian    
So I went over to dover today :)
Returned the thorowgood.
Had a lady help me figure out what I wanted. We narrowed it down to the Isabell and this one: Klimke Ovation Dressage Saddle - Dover Saddlery..

I thought the klimke would fit her better, it's adjustable, and its panels are wool. So I bought it! It fits really nicely, and I *think* it's a keeper. I'm having my dressage trainer look at it tomorrow.
Honestly I'm skeptical of anything that's wool flocking after having such success with the lack of pressure points with the CAIR panels though someone in here I think mentioned that their horse hates the feel of the air panels - so to each, his own.

The one thing I HIGHLY recommend (like MIEventer said), please please have a professional saddle fitter assess your saddle fit! And good luck with the new saddle!
    02-23-2009, 06:00 PM
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Wool flocked saddles are the best! You can have them adjusted to fit your horse perfectly, and when new, they will break in and mold to your horse's back. Ride without any saddle pad for the first 10-20 rides to speed up the break in process.

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