Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Correct me if I'm wrong. This pictures are the no-name saddle (it's an A/P, not a CC), not the Passier. Your horse is a Fjord, correct?
The no-name saddle looks like a classic Indian-made jallopy. I can't tell if it's too far forward. The tree points should be about 2" behind the rear edge of the scapula, and I just can't quite see where the scapula on your horse is. It might be a little too far forward. The girth looks to be in about the right position, but it's the tree-point location that really counts. The balance-point in the saddle is off. Look at the picture and find the deepest point in the seat. It's too far back. Either the saddle is too far up on the withers, or it's too narrow. The pommel is too high. Check the location of the tree-points, then check the balance point again. Also check that the angle of the tree-points matches the angle of the horse's back.
I have 3 issues with the pictured saddle:
-1-The balance point is too far back - cause to be determined
-2- The gullet-channel is too narrow - it's putting pressure on the spine
-3- I can't be sure, but there's a very good chance it's an Indian-made saddle, in which case it's poor quality, may not have a straight or symmetrical, or strong tree, and may have sub-par materials and workmanship.
With all three concerns, be aware that Fjords tend to be quite stoic and tolerant, and may not let you know if there's a problem with the saddle. They often suffer in silence.
You haven't pictured the Passier, but I can guarantee you that it's a better saddle. If the flocking is crappy, put a foam pad underneath to help cushion against the hard or lumpy flocking, assuming there's enough room for it. The Passier will not be the most comfortable seat, but it will put you in a much better position that the pictured saddle will, and will likely be more comfortable for your horse.