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post #21 of 27 Old 03-22-2010, 04:41 PM
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Or maybe they use the internet for porn and have never heard of things like buying a saddle for every horse. Find a saddle you like and that will fit the TYPE of horse you are likely to ride then don't worry about it untill you are trying to make the olympic team.

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post #22 of 27 Old 03-22-2010, 04:54 PM
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What's kind of bugging me is that all of you are saying that its difficult or impossible to have a "general" English saddle yet I know a lot of people who DO have English saddles they use on every horse they ride (which is many) without a hitch. I dunno, maybe they're doing something wrong.
There are many people on the forum and everywhere who don't believe in the concept of correct saddle fit or just don't care. If you are only riding for an hour or so every few days, a saddle that comes close and with the proper pad will do fine for you for now. It's when you start heavy riding that it will become necessary to fit the saddle properly to your horse.

You can get away with a pair of shoes that are a size too large if you are not going on a sight seeing tour but a pair of well fitting sneakers sure makes a difference if you are.

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post #23 of 27 Old 03-22-2010, 05:09 PM
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I don't believe I said it was impossible, especially if you're riding many of the same type of horses, or horses with similarly shaped backs. A "medium" tree in most saddles will fit many "English" type horses that are TB or TB-types. A "wide" tree in most saddles will fit many wider stock-type horses or warmblood types.

Courbette's Swiss E-Motion tree self adusts to most horses that fall into the medium-narrow to medium-wide category. They only don't fit broad backed horses, like thick warmbloods or flat backed horses. You can often find these saddles reasonably priced used on ebay, tacktrader, or consignment shops. You can see the line of Swiss saddles on Courbette's web site:
Courbette Saddlery Company, Inc. Online Catalog
Their Magic saddles are reasonably priced new and very hard-wearing.

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post #24 of 27 Old 03-22-2010, 05:14 PM
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If you're looking for a high quality saddle that will fit a wide variety of horses I'd say Bates is the way to go. They are made by the same company as Wintecs, so they have the gullet system, but Bates uses high quality leather.

There is the Bates Caprilli All purpose,

Then there are

The Bates Elevation Deep Seat close contact

And the Bates Elevation Jumper which I think has the same cut as the Wintec 500 close contact.
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post #25 of 27 Old 03-22-2010, 05:42 PM
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BTW, a Wintec, although a nice saddle as a starter, is a low line saddle at best.
Just want to put in a plug for Wintecs - I have had my first one for 10 years and it looks a bit shabby but is still the most comfortable AP we have, and does it's job great :]

What's kind of bugging me is that all of you are saying that its difficult or impossible to have a "general" English saddle yet I know a lot of people who DO have English saddles they use on every horse they ride (which is many) without a hitch. I dunno, maybe they're doing something wrong.
Think about shoes. You can wear a badly fitting pair of shoes for a little while - It's uncomfortable, but the pain goes away once you take the shoe off. But if you were to walk in those shoes for hours a day for weeks, then the pain wouldn't go away so easy, you might get blisters, your legs might get sore due to compensating for the pain in your feet, you would get cranky, and not want to walk anymore.

Saddle fit is important. My current horse was almost crippled by a badly fitted saddle and for a while I was contemplating retiring him because of it. It has taken at least 6 months, numerous different professionals (Chiropractors, body workers, massage, laser therapy, diet changes, etc.) and a custom made saddle to get him to a point where he can be ridden and work comfortably for any length of time. He still has white patches to show where the damage was greatest.

On most horses without issues it isn't too hard to fit a saddle - But on those that do have issues, it is an ongoing saga. So please, don't play a part in creating those issues.

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post #26 of 27 Old 03-22-2010, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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I think you guys have been very helpful. I don't ride for more than two hours at a time and only a few times a week. If I start riding every day but Sunday and Monday (horseman's weekend) then it would only be for one hour or less every day. I think I can get away with a medium tree, high quality leather saddle to last me a while. Thank you so much, and feel free to add any brands you favor after this post.
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post #27 of 27 Old 04-06-2010, 11:20 AM
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Get a wintec!!!!!
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