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post #91 of 94 Old 07-15-2010, 01:39 AM
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A word of warning for all

ANY and ALL saddles even when fitted correctly will NOT fit your horse at all times, a horse changes shape depending on condition, hardfeed , time of year , avialiability of forage ( grass & hay ) and of course not forgetting the horses age and health ( just ask MIE how Nelson chaged shape when he had 3 months off from competing due to injury ) .

Try to learn the basics of check-fitting a saddle - if you are unsure then ask someone like Luvs2ride ( a saddle fitter by trade ) for advice - a basic check can be done via the internet using photos but please be aware that this is not guaranteed and does take up a saddle fitters time some $$$ would be appreciated ( NOT asking for myself , but I wouldn't want Luvs tied up all day looking at pics of saddles on horses and not able to earn a living )

Many trainers , who might be great with either horses or people , don't fit saddles and don't really know themselves are trusted 100% because they are a persons trainer - I know of cases where trainers have told people that their current saddle dosen't fit , but they just happen to have one for sale that does , not to tar all trainers with the same brush but be aware there are some bad apples in all trades.

A saddles flocking will also need to be adjusted during the course of a year and replaced depending on how often the saddle is used - this is really important and will keep your saddle and flocking in good order.

Not to be PC but for those riders who tip the scales a bit , a good saddle fit at all times really important - one purpose of a saddle is to distribute a riders weight over the largest area possible and a saddle that is a poor fit or is in poor condition can wreck a horses back put a rider in a bad position and remove some of the pleasure from riding for both horse and rider

As I said before - try to learn the basics of check-fitting a saddle and check your own saddle to your own horse yourself at least once a month - a problem spotted early will save both you and your horse a lot of pain - both physically and financially.


Sorry for the book , but all too often I've heard people tell me that their saddle must fit because it was originally fitted by a pro - I ask them WHEN it was fitted - Oh, about 2 years ago !
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post #92 of 94 Old 07-15-2010, 01:45 AM
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^ Amen - And another important reason to educate yourself is that not all saddle fitters are created equal - I have had some shoddy fittings over the years, the most recent one resulted in a saddle tipping forward like in the OP - Needless to say I went back to the saddle I had fitted myself and didn't make the horse uncomfortable. The fellow who made my custom saddle is the only professional so far who has been able to make Bundy comfortable.

Don't take the word of ANYONE as gospel, educate yourself.

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Thank you EVERYONE for your opinions! This saddle will sadly be packed away for a while but it WILL be fixed and NOT sold. If I sell it, I will have to take money off of it and someone else will end up with the same problem. I found a fitter that is pretty far away but in Maine so I will probably ship the saddle to and from there to have it fixed.
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post #94 of 94 Old 07-16-2010, 10:32 PM
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Excellant posts Nutty! I've been missing our conversations!

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