Rigging: Would a different rigging help this saddle?

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    03-04-2012, 12:40 PM
Question Rigging: Would a different rigging help this saddle?

Hello :)

I am trying to find a saddle that fits my 4 year old filly. The pictures below are of the saddle I am trying now (my fifth one). So far, I think it's fit the best out of all the saddles I've tried. It seems to me to have good gullet width, even pressure, and a good wither clearance. The only problem, which I have found with every saddle I've tried, is they all seem to slide down in the front (whether the saddle is too wide or too narrow). I am going to try it on her again today a little bit better -Work her and see if there are any roughed up hair marks or dry spots.

I'm just wondering though, do you think this saddles would fit better if the rigging was a little farther behind? All the saddles I've tried have had this forward rigging. It seems like it pulls it down and makes it uneven. If the rigging was further behind, I don't think it would do this. What's your opinion? Could it be because she's going through another growing spurt right now and is built down-hill? Her front end needs to catch up again.

I have another thread going about fitting her saddle with LOTS of pictures.
Western Saddle Critique! Help? Can't find a saddle for her!*pic heavy*

I just wanted to post a specialized thread on rigging. Thank you!

Oh and here is an article on western saddle rigging! Western Saddle Rigging
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    03-04-2012, 12:58 PM
Green Broke
That saddles isnt close to fitting, its too wide. Is she a gaited horse ?
    03-04-2012, 01:16 PM
that saddles isnt close to fitting, its too wide. Is she a gaited horse ?
Really? Too wide? She has good wither clearance and gullet width. I'm just trying to learn :) And no, she's a Quarab. Her dad (I use to own him) was a grade QH and her mom is a purebred registered Arabian (dandy -I still have her :] she's my avatar pic ). Did you look at my other thread as well? It has more pictures of this saddle's fit.
    03-04-2012, 01:28 PM

In this video she mentions rigging and how it will move a saddle back or forward. This horse is built downhill like my girl is right now!

    03-04-2012, 01:31 PM
Effecting your saddle's fit with a CSI Saddlepad, Part 2 - YouTube

In this video, the saddle lifts up a little bit as well when the horse's head is down. She says when you sit in it -it's okay when it goes back down. Is that true?
    03-05-2012, 07:23 AM
Green Broke
Pads are for padding, not fixing an incorrect saddle. Of course what may be incorrect for one person could be fine for another.
Someone that putzes around the barn or goes on slow easy under 10 mile trail rides once in a while can get by with a poorly fit saddle.
An endurance rider doing 50-100 mile runs better have a perfect fit.
That saddle just looks like an odd design, If it wasnt too wide up front it wouldnt be lifting up in the back. Look how much higher the cantle is than the top of the pommel, unless you have a real high backed sadddle those two areas should be fairly level. Maybe it isnt all the width but I'd say that saddle just isnt the right shape at all. Look at the back. It isnt even touching the horse.
Maybe it isnt so much the width but the angle of the bars.
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    03-05-2012, 07:41 AM
I think the problem is that you're trying cheap POS saddles. Find a good quality U.S. Made saddle and get someone with some experience to help you. DON'T ask anyone that is trying to sell you a saddle without getting a second opinion.

Cheaply made saddles like the one in the OP are made to be asily built by unskilled workers with no regard for quality or actually fitting a horse. If you were to ride 20 miles per week in that saddle it would probably fall apart before you sored your horse.
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    03-05-2012, 10:35 AM

I have seen that brand of saddle before, while American Made, the quality of the leather is not the best.

The Leather is very dry and stiff, it will need many weeks or months of oiling to be pliable and then the skirts may fit better in the back.

The fit of the bars is of course the key, it is hard to tell by those pics, but seems to fit in the front.

Have you run your fingers between your horses back and the bars of the saddle from front to back to see how the contact of the actual tree is?

If the bars are not making good contact at any point with your horse, then you have a bad fit. Like I mentioned lots of oiling will make the skirts softer and contour to the horse better.

    03-05-2012, 10:53 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I think the problem is that you're trying cheap POS saddles.
My thought exactly.
    03-05-2012, 11:03 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mls    
My thought exactly.
yeh me too but I am trying to be nicer in my old age

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