I'm now on a saddle hunt for my gelding. He's a low-withered, flat backed, round barelled, 16.2hh carriage horse and I'm wondering would the Tekna S Line GP saddle fit him well? What are your experiences with Tekna saddles in general? Thanks a lot for opinions. :)
You're right, I need the panels as non-curvy as possible. A shame I can't really see them and try them on - it's either ordering online or nothing!
My local tack shop really doesn't stock saddles suitable for the type of back my horse has...
Yeah, I'm looking into Thorowgoods as well - only problem, I have an outline of my horses back taken and it seems to be wider than their extra wide gullet. Maybe I'm doing something wrong and should contact a Thorowgood consultant...
Good point, I should take a better picture of his back, but this is the best I have right now to give some insight -
His dark bay withers to give an idea of the general shape:
Side view -
And the outline of his back -
Compared to the Thorowgood saddle gullet shapes, the "head" of his withers is rounder and wider than they offer.
And you're right, when compared to other saddles, the Tekna GP ones really do seem to have more curve to them!
The Wintec Wide gullets are actually 2XW, 3XW and 4XW, chaps. Don't ask me which colour's which cos I can't remember :)
As far as Thorowgood goes, you may find the XW gullet will be wide enough. Draught/draught x types often carry a lot of fat behind the shoulder and to get an accurate width you have to press whatever you're using as a template firmly downwards, trying to get at the muscle beneath which is the horse's true shape. The same applies if you have an actual gullet plate to try out.
I wouldn't have thought what you might consider the fairly narrow angle at the apex of the gullet will cause a problem. So-called 'hoop' trees, which basically have a semi-circular apex, are useful for horses with over-developed muscle high up near the top of the wither, but yours doesn't seem to have this issue.
What may cause more of an issue than the general back profile, which admittedly looks on the flat side of 'average', is that the horse appears slightly croup high. The danger this poses when using flatter trees is it biases the saddle pommel down which tends to throw the rider's weight forward. A flock adjust will often cure this but that's obviously difficult where you're situated.
Thanks a lot! It's a shame I can't actually try a Thorowgood! Feels risky to just order a saddle online, although I might just have to do that. We only have one decent tack shop, which mostly carries saddles for the narrow, high withered types, and only one saddler, who is actually not that good and very expensive. But I've crossed Teknas out, at least. I'm also not considering Wintecs, as I've read one too many poor reviews and experiences about them, although I realize they might fit my boy by width.