My TB has such high withers I don't think any saddle will fit on her properly - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 15 Old 04-03-2011, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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My TB has such high withers I don't think any saddle will fit on her properly

I just bought my mare and couldn't be more pleased with her! She is an absolute doll. The only problem is her withers They are unusually high. I have an English all purpose and jumping saddle but both, just layed across her back look like they wouldn't fit. (I haven't tightened the girth because I don't want to make her uncomfortable by not putting it in the right place) I'm not sure if I'm just sitting the saddle to high up or if it's just not going to fit at all. I'm an experianced western rider but turned in my cowboy boots for a new style I know nothing about, lol! If I put the saddle so it sits behind her withers and I were to wrap the girth around it looks like the girth would be about 2 or 3 inches from behind her front legs. I personally would think this is too far back :-/ When I got these saddles they were both used for a TB so I assumed they would fit, but I never saw them on their horse. The tree is very small but it does not have a cut back pomel. Someone please help me I'll post a picture if it will help... Thank you so much!
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-03-2011, 08:39 PM
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A pic would help.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 15 Old 04-03-2011, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, I'm new to this website so I added all her pctures to a photo album I didn't realize you could set up a whole part about your horse/horses. So I just added two pictures on there, only one of them shows some of the definition to her withers (the one where her head is down), but I don't even think that one does it justice. I've got some videos of me riding her with just a bare back pad on I'm going to load on youtube. I'll give you the url once it's on there. They are steep, when I'm riding her bareback her withers are probably a good two inches higher than where I sit.
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I started a photo album that has alot more pictures of her in it (I thought that was where I was supose to add her pictures) I'm not sure where you can find it, but the name of the album is Pep (Fletch's Dream)
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-04-2011, 12:05 AM
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Honestly, It doesn't look like her withers are all that high. My horse has about the same. I have a thorowgood saddle, and it fits him well. I never thought I'd find one that fit Whiskey either, but just keep trying new saddles. Maybe a cut-back pommel is in order? will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ... Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-04-2011, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to try and dig out a picture that might show it a little better. Also, I just got her from the stable where she was training as a Derby horse. They said they stopped training her 3 months ago. Maybe they seem so steep to me because of her being thin and losing her muscle tone being out to pasture?... I'm not sure on this though. I've been around and owned horses my whole life, just never a TB and they seem extremley high to me. My boyfriend, who knows nothing about horses but has been around many also mentioned how high they were.
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post #7 of 15 Old 04-04-2011, 01:19 AM
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They look fine to me =). You'll find a lot of TBs have quite prominent withers, even when they have all the right back muscle. I guess its just cause your not used to their physique just yet? Id get a saddle fitter to visit you or vice versa and they should be able to find the perfect saddle for her and you
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post #8 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 04:31 AM
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a lot of saddle shops will let you take a wither tracing of the horse and send it in to adjust the saddle exactly to fit your horse. they do a side to side tracing and a front to back (over top of the withers) assuming the tree is the right size to begin with English saddles can be re stuffed to more closely match the horses contours or you could retro fit any saddle with FLAIR or WOW that is an air chamber system. ALso I'd look for a cutback pommel model that allows the withers to stick up through. the older Passier and Sons are EXCELLENT for this and can be found cheaply on ebay (like 200 top 400.) they are really nice older saddles. i have a K Baum fitted with flair that i wouldn't trade for the world
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much WildAcreFarms! I think you are one of the first people to actually give me advice and not tell me her withers aren't that tall, lol! I will look into those saddles.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-09-2011, 04:24 AM
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VMorganW - can I suggest that as you have no idea how to fit an english saddle that you get someone very experianced to show you how to. It is very very important that English saddles fit correctly, the weight bareing area is smaller in an english saddle than in a wesatern saddle and so much more damage can be done with a badly fitting English saddle.

TB's are generaly quite easy to fit with a 2nd hand saddle it's the fat native ponies that most struggle with getting saddles for.

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