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post #1 of 47 Old 03-24-2013, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Need help fitting this OTTB with a saddle

Trying this again..

I just got an OTTB with shark fin withers and am having a hell of a time finding the right saddle to get for him. I live in El Paso TX so finding english tack is extremely hard, let alone a saddle fitter. So basically I'm on my own and all I have ever owned are wintecs and QHs, so this is way out of my knowledge. Any advice on what brands and types of saddles to look for would be much appreciated, as well as sites that have good trial policies for saddles. I do not want to buy something I can't try first. I dont have much to spend, need to keep it under $1000 and plan on showing hunters.

This is a previous thread I made seeing if I could fix the fit with some kind of pad.. It has pictures of him without the saddle so you can see what I'm working with.
Need help finding a pad for OTTB with high narrow withers

He has been out of work for a long time so doesnt have much of a topline.

Please help. I really want to be able to ride him. All we've been doing is groundwork and lunging over poles and small jumps to work on his muscling.
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post #2 of 47 Old 03-24-2013, 07:09 AM
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For my high withered tb, Thorowgoods fitted great (the high wither version).
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post #3 of 47 Old 03-24-2013, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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I was looking at the thorowgoods but I would have to import from Europe to get a decent price and I would not be able to try it out before I buy it
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I've heard some good things about the Thorowgood T8 (other than the fact that you'd probably have toimport it). I was recently looking into this saddle for my mare but I had found a proper fitting collegiate instead that I'll have to pair with specialized half pad with a wither cut out.

Talk to your local saddlery. They often offer customized fitting services and will bring multiple saddles out to your barn to try on your horse and wild help you find a good fitting combination.
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The old Passiers tend to fit the Thoroughbreds well. The Germans understood the build of the tall, high-withered sport-breeds. I had my 1976-vintage Passier on a high-withered elderly TB last week. There wasn't a whole lot of clearance, but just enough. I've never ridden in a newer Passier, so I don't know if they have the same fit as the old ones.
You can find them on eBay, search all of Craigslist using "adHunt'r", and I've found them on websites like Pelham saddlery and St Croix saddlery - they let you try them and allow returns.
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post #6 of 47 Old 03-25-2013, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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I've heard some good things about the Thorowgood T8 (other than the fact that you'd probably have toimport it). I was recently looking into this saddle for my mare but I had found a proper fitting collegiate instead that I'll have to pair with specialized half pad with a wither cut out.

Talk to your local saddlery. They often offer customized fitting services and will bring multiple saddles out to your barn to try on your horse and wild help you find a good fitting combination.
Like I said..There are no tack shops or saddle fitters around here. I only have the option of online. And I need to get something they will allow me to try on trial first. I'm trying to figure out what brands usually work for high withered thoroughbreds so I have a place to start when ordering trial saddles.
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I forgot to mention that with reputable online shops like the ones I mentioned, they can be very helpful finding a saddle to fit your horse. Take a wither tracing about 2" behind the rear edge of the scapula, using a flexicurve or coathanger. Take another one from the withers down the length of the back, about 2" to the side of the spine (take it where the panel will sit). Trace them to paper or cardboard. Take pictures, and e-mail or fax it to the online shops. That can help them rule out saddles that definitely won't fit and get you pretty close. Most people on eBay or Craigslist tend to be too clueless to be of much help with tracings and fit. They'll just tell you "oh, it's fit every horse I've had it on". Yeah, right.

Maryland Consignment Saddlery - Crofton and Galloping Grape are worth a try as well.
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Like I said..There are no tack shops or saddle fitters around here. I only have the option of online. And I need to get something they will allow me to try on trial first. I'm trying to figure out what brands usually work for high withered thoroughbreds so I have a place to start when ordering trial saddles.
I've used the collegiate brand on quite a few high withered horses including a "sharkfin" withered thoroughbred and Warmblood. Good luck!
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I forgot to mention that with reputable online shops like the ones I mentioned, they can be very helpful finding a saddle to fit your horse. Take a wither tracing about 2" behind the rear edge of the scapula, using a flexicurve or coathanger. Take another one from the withers down the length of the back, about 2" to the side of the spine (take it where the panel will sit). Trace them to paper or cardboard. Take pictures, and e-mail or fax it to the online shops. That can help them rule out saddles that definitely won't fit and get you pretty close. Most people on eBay or Craigslist tend to be too clueless to be of much help with tracings and fit. They'll just tell you "oh, it's fit every horse I've had it on". Yeah, right.

Maryland Consignment Saddlery - Crofton and Galloping Grape are worth a try as well.
Thanks I will have to try that. I called Dover today and talked to a lady for a while and then I emailed her pictures of my horse and have not heard from her again....hopefully she will get back to me soon.
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Hastilow Competition Saddles, USA

This place sells Thorowgood saddles in PA.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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