It was me that thought the saddle was too wide. That's because it looked like it had no room under the pommel, and I think even you said it didn't, when your trainer was in the saddle. A saddle too narrow would sit really high off the withers, and a saddle too wide slides down the side of the withers (behind the shoulder) that it actually sits on top of the wither bones (the spinious process is the name of the bones, I think)
The video dos't tell much except that he lunged pretty well and moves just fine. I think he will be areally nice riding horse in the future.
Take some pics with him wearing the saddle w/o apad and from front, side, rear and front 45 degrees
I didn't think the video would be very helpful, especially because of the low quality, but since I only had that one picture of him with the saddle on I figured maybe it could help lol...it's really windy and cold today so I may not be able to get the pics today, but if the wind dies down a bit I will
Originally Posted by StormvaleQHStud View Post
oh and you can buy a gullet measure that actually tells you what size gullet they are. Mind you you have to do it right but it tells you how on it. Think mine costed around $30 bucks.Bates Wintec do it so you may have to check online not too sure if they sell stuff like that in stores (havent travelled to Pennsylvania lol)
I do have the gullet measuring system, it came with my wintec pro dressage saddle that I got for Bella, my OTTB, I did use it on him and I might have done it wrong because it said he would need the white/wide plate, but that really doesn't help for a western saddle(or at least it doesn't help me lol) because i'm not sure how wide translates to Semi-QH and Full-QH ect. My dressage saddle also came with all the gullet plates
You have it placed in the right spot, which is great. But I agree, it's sitting too low. It's either too wide for him or just doesn't give enought wither clearance. I have an Appy at my barn with similar withers/shoulders. I use a pad with extra foam on each side and a clear spine chanel. I use a Skito Interpad with him over a doubel folded blanket. This helps the saddle clear his withers and adds good shock absorbtion. Tom at Skito can look at pictures of your horse with and without his saddle, and can give you the best recommendation based on his conformation, saddle fit, your riding habits, and your weight. Skito has two different foams for the pads and lots of different options. "Skito Custom Saddle Pads"
I am also a heavy rider and your saddle fit for you and the horse is very important. That saddle looks too small for you, which puts you against the pommel and cantel, which concentrates the pressure on your horse. I ride in a 17" western saddle. I can fit in one of my clients 15" saddles (it's flatter with a lower cantle) and my daughter's 16" saddle, but my horses are much more comfortable when I ride in my 17" saddle that fits me better. I use a round skirt Abetta synthetic to make sure the saddle's not too long for the horse's back and to help lighten things up for the horse
. Abettas are built in the USA on good quality trees. They're affordable too and used saddles often come up on craigslist.org, eBay, and tacktrader.com.
Thanks for that website, Although that is not me in the picture, so that is why the saddle doesn't fit her, but it does fit me, that saddle is a 15" I'm about 5'4-5'5 and 130lbs, I'm always behind the camera lol When I go and take pictures of him, i'll also take pics of just the saddle, I also have another saddle that a friend of mine is letting me use, she always rides bareback(i wish I had her balance lol) I'll look into the abetta saddles, Legacy is actually my moms horse and she is wanted to get a sythentic saddle because she has tendinitis in her shoulder...Actually I have a pic of my mom on him, which may give you a better idea since my mom is closer to my build, anyway I'm working with Legacy to get him trail ride ready for her, he's a little much for her on the trail yet lol....here is the pic of her on him ...well it's not the greatest pic because she's on the other side of the round pen and it's from the side so you can't see whither clearance, but maybe it will help someone more knowledgeable