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    05-05-2014, 11:01 PM
I found a Saddle Fitter!

And she's coming out tomorrow morning to do a fitting on a couple of my horses!

Past few months I searched for a saddle fitter that was local but just couldnt find one or get into contact withone. Meanwhile, I've been trying to learn all I can about saddle fit online but I am definitely a hands on type of learner. I realized my mistake in buying newer cheaper saddles that lack quality when I purchased a Double T show saddle and one of my horses started acting cinchy (never ever done this before the TT) and came to love the older used better quality saddles when I traded UP for an older American Saddlery. (Its goregeous and it fits me- first saddle to not cause me leg pain and the stirrups arent even turned yet )

Fast forward to this weekend I find a tack shop about an hour away that now does fittings as well as guarentees fit for any saddle they sell. So I contacted them and they are quite reasonable per fitting, and when I talked to them they sounded very professional and yet personable. They plan on giving me a lesson about saddle fit which I hope to absorb like a sponge.

I will have them fit my friesian cross Dante and my paint/QH Drake. Drake is my primary riding horse and my go to trail horse so I want him to have a saddle that fits and wont cause him pain, god knows he's worn an ill fitting saddle for the longest time... And Dante being half friesian, a 1/4 clyde, and a 1/4 appy, he has withers but pretty flat back so I want to know exactly what kind of bars he needs... maybe arab with a wide gullet but I'll find out tomorrow. And I will see if the new american saddle I traded for is a good fit for anybody- *fingers crossed* that it is because I love it.

Anyway just super excited for tomorrow!!!
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    05-05-2014, 11:55 PM
You might want to ask this saddle fitter if he/she is a member of the Master Saddle Fitter's or a saddle maker as those are the people who are qualified to fit saddles. Most are sales people.
    05-06-2014, 01:03 AM
Good point and I will ask her. Or at least find out where she received her education.

When I talked to her she seemed pretty knowledgeable- moreso than the other tack shops around my area for fitting saddles to horses anyway. She agreed with me that Double Ts, are very poor quality and the few double t saddles she ever checked for saddle fit for customers, only one fit "ok" not great but "ok" but still reccomended a different saddle. Her store doesnt carry brands like double t or saddle king, etc so I hope that is a good sign. She carrys alot of older and some fairly new, circle ys, tex tans, billy cooks, and others.

And I'm only having a couple horses done vs all of my horses, to just try her out. If she helps me find the right fit or fit the right saddles to my two boys then I may have her come out again to fit the rest of my riding herd. Otherwise she is pretty much my only option at the moment until I find someone else or keep trying on my own.... which hasnt been too fruitful.

We'll find out tomorrow :)

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