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    05-24-2011, 10:50 PM
  #1
Yearling
Question on English saddles

I bought a $50 English saddle (mainly for the girth...doesn't work with my Aussie ) and stuck it up on Red, who is narrow, fat, and high withered. I have NO experience with English saddles and stuck it up on him, it seemed far to low on the withers.

Now, would a riser pad work well in this kind of situation? It's wide enough, no pinching or the like. It just sits on TOP of his withers. The saddle itself is very sturdy and the padding is fine. But Sir Crater Withers is a bit difficult to fit properly.
He's a fat, healthy boy it's just that he's so dang narrow that putting and keeping fat and muscle on the top is especially difficult. This makes his withers sort of high and deep (he's so weirdly put together).
He was JUST broke not a month ago so no time to build up any. Western saddle went kaput second time riding, Aussie cinch I ordered is too long for him, not much luck it seems


And how are English saddles supposed to really sit? Western rider for seven years here, I know that English saddles are amazingly balanced, comfortable, and close....buuut that's about it
     
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    05-24-2011, 10:55 PM
  #2
Showing
Photos would be very helpful. I discourage riser/lifter pads as they generally don't help very much other than making an ill-fitting saddle appear to fit slightly better, and adjusting the points of contact.
     
    05-24-2011, 10:57 PM
  #3
Foal
OMG I BOUGHT A 50$ ENGLISH SADDLE!!!!!!1 HEHEHEH what does yours look like! Lol heres mine!
angie 038.jpg
     
    05-24-2011, 11:05 PM
  #4
Showing
I have yet to meet a $50 saddle I like or think is a halfway decent saddle. Looking at older, used saddles might be a good idea as well- you might spend a little more off the bat, but save just as much or more on vet/chiro when your horse needs treatments for a sore back.
     
    05-24-2011, 11:17 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
I have yet to meet a $50 saddle I like or think is a halfway decent saddle. Looking at older, used saddles might be a good idea as well- you might spend a little more off the bat, but save just as much or more on vet/chiro when your horse needs treatments for a sore back.
i second this!
     
    05-24-2011, 11:27 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
I have yet to meet a $50 saddle I like or think is a halfway decent saddle. Looking at older, used saddles might be a good idea as well- you might spend a little more off the bat, but save just as much or more on vet/chiro when your horse needs treatments for a sore back.
I got it really for the cinch, hoping it would fit my Aussie (no luck, buckles are too small for the wider strap). I figured since I got it, I might as well stick it up and strap it on, see how it looks and fits (not all that well, apparently!). Cinch fits him though, so now I know what to look for in terms of finding one to fit the Aussie

I'll be taking it with me next time and I'll try to remember to bring my camera. IF it's not merrily storming tomorrow then pictures shall be taken. Like I said, absolutely no clue on English saddles. I've heard of riser pads and considered the possibility of Red really needing one if I ever want to ride him English, due to his funky withers.
Aussie fits him fine, more heavily padded I suppose. Wither clearance is great and it snuggles on nicely. Haven't rode him in it yet, but I shall!


I figure for $50, I can use it as a desensitizing tool. A saddle to wave around, toss on, pull off, etc. to get the greenies used to the 'spooky jingling thing'.

Red gave me a look when I showed up with it. He's seen the Western and the Aussie, but never an actual English saddle!

Divo's my next victim. He's never, ever, had a saddle so much as touch his back. This little thing is light weight enough to easily take on and off, compared to my lightweight, but bulky, Western that can more easily be caught on things.

The removable stirrups are just genius. I wish Western saddles had the same thing.
     
    05-24-2011, 11:28 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Barrel Baby    
OMG I BOUGHT A 50$ ENGLISH SADDLE!!!!!!1 HEHEHEH what does yours look like! Lol heres mine!
Attachment 64843
Is yours synthetic? Mines all leather and terribly beat up, but sturdy and still in usable condition (I wouldn't show in it, but the stuffing isn't coming out and it's solid)
     
    05-25-2011, 09:26 AM
  #8
Foal
Lol just a sec
     
    05-25-2011, 09:33 AM
  #9
Foal
LOL hmmm idk....i just bought it to learn english in...idk if its synthetic though...idt its real leather though..im all western but I would love to learn english! I just can't find the right kind of girth
     
    05-25-2011, 09:39 AM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
I have yet to meet a $50 saddle I like or think is a halfway decent saddle. Looking at older, used saddles might be a good idea as well- you might spend a little more off the bat, but save just as much or more on vet/chiro when your horse needs treatments for a sore back.
lol I don't usually ride english....im looking to learn and alll..... I still have to find a girth...i usauully ride western though..this was when it was dirty...its inside my room now all clean and away from mildew :)
     

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