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post #11 of 15 Old 04-03-2008, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by BriLeigh
I am getting a new saddle in 2 or 3 months, but until then I need to do something to make it better. And...just because you had one like it doesn't mean mine is the same. But yes...I am getting a new one they just require money.

I am thinking about these 2 pads:

I have to get something with a raised back...but these seem like they will give a little bit of relief in the mean time while I still have to use this saddle. What do you think?
well considering its essentially the same saddle i can say that. its exhibits the same characteristics as mine did. ALL saddles designed like that are the same. it was quite a common saddle in its day as it was very cheap. since then advancements have been made with regards to saddle design. but by all means, yours might be especially different from the other 250,000 saddles the same as this ;)

also, it was my disqualification from a dressage day because of this saddle that bought my attention to the issues with them. it was about 11 years ago and on tack check before my event i was informed that my saddle was by no means suitable for my horse. on querying this she explained that the pommel is very low and puts undue pressure on the withers. the tree is very narrow and applies pressure to sensitive areas on the back. its a hard, non conforming saddle. since using a newer, better saddle i have really understood what she was talking about because it makes such a huge difference

but yes, a raiser or even a gel pad would help you a bunch until you can get your new saddle

p.s. i keep thinking about this and keep having to come back and edit lol anyhoo, another thing i noticed that maybe exacerbating the problem is that at the moment, she/he seems to be lacking much topline muscle. this makes this kind of saddle an even poorer fit therefore extra rubbing and pressure on the wither area

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post #12 of 15 Old 04-03-2008, 11:33 AM
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Just my two cents worth...........I don't know what brand of dressage saddle you are looking to buy, but I sure love my Wintec. It is so versatile with the easy change gullet system and you can pick up used ones for a good price. I have never had a problem with fit and I ride lots of different horses with it. Some people don't like them, but like I said it's my two cents worth.

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post #13 of 15 Old 04-03-2008, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Let's see if I can remember everything lol. She is definitely lacking some topline but it is being worked on and it makes sense that that would affect the saddle. I have to have a riser in the back otherwise my seat is too low and then that just screws up everything lol. My trainer told me to use it so I have just listened and it works.

The saddle I am looking at getting is the Wintec Isabell, so I think we are on the same page with that. =] My old trainer has one and I rode in it a few times and LOVED it!

I just need to make it through a couple more months with this. And I would agree with all of you that it isn't the best fitting. I got it 3 years ago mostly because it was cheap, and I really haven't ever had any problems with it until last year. But I can't wait for a new one! [ lol]
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-03-2008, 10:37 PM
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Well, good for you I have an Isabell as well, and like I said I love it too! I bet with the pad you are getting that will give your horse the relief needed to get through the next couple months. You'll both probably breathe a real sigh of relief when you get your Wintec! Good luck!

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post #15 of 15 Old 04-06-2008, 05:49 AM
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Difficult to tell by the photos but for some reason it doesnt look like the saddle is sitting quite right.
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