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how do you figure out what saddles fit your horse?

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    05-06-2012, 10:32 AM
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bjb
Weanling
how do you figure out what saddles fit your horse?

I have a 3 year old mare who is built thin and has low withers. I'm having a really hard time finding a saddle that fits her without having to spend $1000. I don't wanna spend that much on a 3 year old to have her grow out of it in a year or two. Are there measurements I can take to figure out what will fit her the best?

People at my barn keep telling me not to worry too much about fit at her age because she has a LOT of growing left to do. (I think she's about done height wise). But I don't want my girl in pain
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    05-06-2012, 10:41 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Your best bet is to have a saddle fitter out. They will be able to suggest saddles to you.
     
    05-06-2012, 02:29 PM
  #3
Showing
I use saddle fitter. All those "check your saddle" resources are great, but not very helpful in my experience if you own the horse that is not very standard.
     
    05-06-2012, 02:39 PM
  #4
Trained
English or western? What state are you in?
     
    05-06-2012, 02:55 PM
  #5
bjb
Weanling
Western, Michigan
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    05-06-2012, 06:15 PM
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Showing
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Originally Posted by bjb    
Western, Michigan
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In general Western is less tricky than English (I was referring to the English fit in my earlier post here). Not saying it's always a case though.

You may look at http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...dle-fit-45868/ and also do some googling.

P.S. Some tack stores will happily look at the fit if you bring a horse to them.
     
    05-06-2012, 06:35 PM
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bjb
Weanling
Well that's the other part there are virtually no tack stores around for hours in any given direction so I either have to buy used which is fine or off the internet and I'm not comfortable doing that
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    05-06-2012, 07:08 PM
  #8
Trained
Borrow some saddles and see what fits her. If you plan on keeping the price under $1000, I'd suggest borrowing some Abetta saddles or Big Horn.

Western saddle trees vary between company, but are usually consistent within one brand. Also, western saddles are pretty forgiving. Unless they are a grossly bad fit, and unless you ride for many hours/day, you can probably get by with a so-so fit for a while. Try to find one that has a slope in front that matches the slope of your horse's shoulders (behind the actual shoulders, of course) and isn't too long.

It really isn't possible to make recommendations from an Internet post. Borrow a bunch, if only to put on her back and see if it matches OK. If looking used, make sure you can return it if it doesn't fit.
     
    05-06-2012, 07:28 PM
  #9
Banned
Youtube is FULL of videos showing how to evaluate the fit of both english and western saddles.

They don't make anyone a saddle fitter, but they go a long way in educating one about the issues related to fitting both.
     

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