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post #1 of 14 Old 10-17-2010, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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New Saddle - Awkward fit?

I've just purchased a cheap, thorowgood griffin online. It was really *intelligent* of me seeing as my previous saddle I brought online didn't fit my horse. Well, this one doesn't seem to fit either. What I really should have done was wait, untill I had enough money for a fitter and a new saddle THEN got a new saddle - instead of buying one impulsively off the net. Waaah. Its 17" and a wide gullet. What do you think?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-17-2010, 12:41 AM
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I don't know about the fit but I just had to comment on that bridle, it it soo cute the colour really suits her as well haha
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-17-2010, 12:42 AM
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I can only see the second picture (from my phone) and the panels definitely don't fit.

And, yes, if you can, it's better to save some money to have a fitter assess your horse. If you have a budget, you can find great used saddles.
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Oh I saw the bridle and I couldn't resist, I love it too :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-17-2010, 01:47 AM
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She's a cute pony and the bridle and halter look cute on her.
I gotta agree that it sure doesn't look like it fits her, I thought I heard somewhere or read some where that the thorowgoods run small.

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post #7 of 14 Old 10-17-2010, 05:10 PM
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They say you should be able to fit fingers inbetween the horses shoulders and the saddle. It looks the shoulder area has no room at all for you to fit anything through there and thus would pinch her skin and constrict her movement. I am no expert but from what I have watched on saddle fitting videos, that is what I see.

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-18-2010, 02:58 AM
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There are not enough shots from square on the side . It is hard to see because of the shadows. It's not all that bad. What I see is that the gullet width is maybe a bit narrow. This puts the weight bearing part of the saddle a bit close to the spine itself.
As for being able to put your finger under the saddle along the front edge, this pertains to Western saddles only because they actually sit "over" the shoulder blade a bit (just the skirt part).
The saddle is just a bit narrow at the top part of the bar angle, from what I can see.
The rear part is also pretty narrow for her.
Cute horse.
Look into a used, good quality saddle, like a Passier AP.
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-18-2010, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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The saddle is hopeless, I'm really upset - it slides around while I'm riding and after doing a few jumps today I was practically sitting on her poor neck! The saddle had moved forward so much it was ridiculous. I agree - the gullet channel is too narrow, there is not room for her shoulder blades. Not to mention the girth that came with it is ridiculous, it goes from thick to narrow to thick again. I have never heard of a Passier, I will have to look it up :) Thanks guys :)
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-18-2010, 08:26 AM
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Now to me it looks okay (not great) in the front, the back is a bit awkward looking, however its hard to really tell because of the shadows. Some shots from the side would be nice to see if it is sitting even on her. It does look like its sitting a bit higher in the front would could indicate that its too narrow.

If you get some shots of your horses back shape we could try and recommend some saddles for you. Have you tried a wintec? They come in a wide tree and have super wide gullets available. They are also pretty cheap, usually run around 250-350 for the older models used.

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