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  • Will a medium gullet saddle fit a morgan
  • 14.3 morgan saddle to fit

 
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    08-09-2009, 01:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Exclamation Saddle Dilemma. Help!

I am having major saddle issues.
I have a 14.3 Morgan, and I purchased my Collegiate Senior Event saddle, that has changeable gullets. Thinking that I could fit it to him, and every other horse I ride. I LOVE these saddles.

Well, I tried the Medium-Narrow gullet and it seemed to fit him well in the shoulders, but he is very high-withered, and built up-hill. Which is fantastic, yes, but not for saddle fitting. Since it fit around his shoulders and just pressed lightly, the pommel of the saddle would sit on the top of his withers then.

So I changed the gullet to a Narrow gullet, and it stays above his withers now, but seems to get quite snug on his shoulders & the sides of his withers.

Something is obviously bothering him in the saddle, because he's reacting when I ride. The channel is about a regular sized channel, and I'm wondering if it could have something to do with that. Would I need a saddle with a smaller channel? Could it be too wide across his spine?

Or another option I'm contemplating exploring is putting the Medium-Narrow gullet back in since it sat better on his shoulders & sides of his withers, and getting a wither relief half pad. It would help to keep the front of the saddle off his withers & sit better on his back. It would also keep the cantle of the saddle, the flocking on either side of the channel, from sitting or putting too much pressure in just one spot on his back.
Would this help? I'm hoping it would, because I hate to sell the saddle. I just don't know where to go from here...
     
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    08-09-2009, 06:04 PM
  #2
Foal
Anyone?
     
    08-14-2009, 10:50 AM
  #3
Weanling
I was looking through your pics you had posted of him and I think it is a horse that a friend of mine sold a while back. Is his name Chet (or was his name Chet)? If you would like I can find out what she rode him in when she had him.
     
    08-14-2009, 11:24 AM
  #4
Foal
I still have the saddle I rode and showed in on this horse. If you want I'm willing to sell it. It fit him perfectly. Just message me and I'll give you all the details on it.
     
    08-14-2009, 11:53 AM
  #5
Yearling
Get A Qualified Saddler Out 2 Fit It If Its Obviosly Annoying The Horse.
You Said
"Or another option I'm contemplating exploring is putting the Medium-Narrow gullet back in since it sat better on his shoulders & sides of his withers, and getting a wither relief half pad"
My Saddler Told Me Youu Should Never Need Anything Xtra Other Than A Saddle. No Numnahs No Rider Pads No Thick Numnahs R Sheepskin 1s Or Anything Coz If The Saddle Fits Properly It Doesnt Need Anything.
By Getting A Wither Relief Pad Youu Would Be Covering Up The Problem Rather Than Solving It So I Think Youu Should Get A Qualified Saddler Up And Get It Fitted Properly!
     
    08-17-2009, 04:00 PM
  #6
Foal
I can't imagine a medium/narrow gullet fitting a Morgan. I thoroughly agree with Lauren about getting out a saddle fitter. With an ill-fitting saddle you are either going to abuse your horse if he stoically endures the discomfort or you are going to wind up with "behavior problems" because of the pain it is causing.

Wither clearance is not the only thing you need to be concerned about. Google "saddle fitting" and read all the many web pages devoted to saddle fitting to educate yourself about the intricacies of saddle fitting. There is a LOT to consider, far more than any one of us can impart in one post here. Then after you have learned a bunch, you will be much better equipped to fit your saddle if you can't afford to get a saddle fitter out to help.
     
    08-17-2009, 04:47 PM
  #7
Foal
you need a qualified saddler for starters
and as for the channel, which I've checked is the same part that us english call the gullet - the wider the better, you should be able to fit 3 to 4 fingers in between the two rear panels so that there is no pressure on the horses spine
and you should also be able to fit 3 to 4 fingers in between the horses withers and the underside of the pommel (if I remember correctly)
(a saddler came into my college for a day and tought us all how to check if our horses saddles fit correctly etc...)

hope this helps
     
    08-17-2009, 04:51 PM
  #8
Foal
What about padding-up or saddle pads?
Good saddle pads can cause the saddle to fit better. There is much technology in the pad industry to help a saddle fit better and you should take advantage of that technology. Padding-up to help eliminate sores from a poor fitting saddle is not a good choice. For example, if a saddle is too narrow, padding up to buffer the preasure will make the horse wider which will cause more pressure.
     
    08-17-2009, 05:59 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maynme    
What about padding-up or saddle pads?
Good saddle pads can cause the saddle to fit better. There is much technology in the pad industry to help a saddle fit better and you should take advantage of that technology. Padding-up to help eliminate sores from a poor fitting saddle is not a good choice. For example, if a saddle is too narrow, padding up to buffer the preasure will make the horse wider which will cause more pressure.
I was only going to 'Pad-up' if I made the gullet wider. But thank you. :)
I do agree that good pads can help a saddle to fit better also.

To everyone else, thank you for your input. I have solved the issue and have found a saddle that fits him very well.
     

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