I'm probably going up to the tack store this afternoon, and finally taking a good look at some dressage saddles in person. Unless I either find an unbelieveable value or some other miracle, I'm probably not buying today.
My problem is in ballparking fit, so I know what to not even look at. Scout is really a middle of the road horse as far as the width of his back and the shape of his withers, and is 14.1 hands and roughly 800 pounds. I'm taking the (inches) measurement of my AP saddle (which does fit him, no pain reactions, no dry spots) gullet with me, and planning on testing the fit to me this afternoon. Will that measurement even translate into being a reasonable analog for a dressage saddle gullet measurement?
Another question... is there a way to translate a measurement (inches or centimeters) into the narrow/medium/wide designations that most companies give? My AP isn't labeled in any way, shape, or form. I doubt that its a wide or narrow tree, as it does fit my very middle-of-the-road sized horse. Are there any other measurements that I ought to have with me at the tack store?
I've purchased saddles before, but never a dressage saddle, and since the last purchase three years ago I've discovered exactly how lucky I've been that my tack does fit fairly well. A pro fitting is out of the question, due to a severe lack of availability in my area, and the cost. Now I'm paranoid and trying to arm myself with as much info as possible. I plan on test fitting the new saddle when the time comes, and I'm comfortable with fitting the saddle to my horse, but I want to maximize the chances of whatever I eventually bring home fitting fairly well (The tack store is a good hour and a half away... out of state, lol).
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