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        03-29-2012, 08:32 AM
    Just something for you to check on - from the first pic it appears the pommel may be sitting slightly further to the nearside than the off. This can happen if one shoulder is bigger (very common).

    I'd girth the saddle up and check if it the front tilts to the nearside more, which it will if the offside shoulder is bigger. If not then you'll just need to check it doesn't dig in behind the shoulder with a rider up.

    Good luck!

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        03-29-2012, 11:27 AM
    SO just look at her from the front when she's saddled?
        03-29-2012, 11:41 AM
    Originally Posted by Lexiie    
    SO just look at her from the front when she's saddled?
    You're more likely to find any uneveness at the front than at the rear, and it's easier to spot.

    If you put your hand vertically on the withers, (little finger against her, forefinger on top) you should be able to see if your forefinger points exactly at the middle of the pommel. If you've got a piece of chalk you can mark the saddle before you put it on, if that makes it easier.

    With fingers you can also measure horizontally from the side of her withers to the inside of the gullet, on both sides, to check if the gap is the same. (I've found a point level with the top of the saddle panel is easiest for this).
        03-29-2012, 07:58 PM
    So I did that when I rode today, and it was pretty darn even
        03-30-2012, 06:39 AM
    There you go then! :)
        03-30-2012, 07:14 AM
    On more thing to check that's hard to see from photos.

    Even thought the gullet appears to be the correct width, saddle her and girth her up with out the pad, and slide your hand under the flap on ther shoulder and make sure the point of the saddle tree is not too snug on her shoulder - your hand should pass under the point of the tree easily.

    Then have somebody walk her while you do the same - get her to really walk out and make sure her shoulder blade can slide back and forth without interference

    Then you're home free!
        03-30-2012, 10:23 PM
    Looks great! It fits perfectly! You can see right down the center, room at the pommel, looks like it still fits great with the pads. Great buy!

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