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  • Saddle sits off the back
  • Too narrow saddle behaviour problems

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    07-22-2009, 05:04 PM
The back is raised up to high in the back! Perhaps get a narrower tree and it will sit down a little better!
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    07-22-2009, 05:15 PM
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Some of the pics were too close to see a good view of the Gullet area and the Horses body, but the Tree in that Saddle is too narrow, the whole saddle sits off the Horses back way too much, I think they accidentally put a narrower tree in that saddle.

    07-22-2009, 05:25 PM
The saddle needs to be pulled forward, towards the withers. This won't make the front tilt down and a back cinch will keep the back from rising. Other than that, I think the saddle looks pretty good. Its very gorgeous.
    07-22-2009, 05:26 PM
The way the saddle looks without the pads will not really tell you how it fits...
    07-22-2009, 06:34 PM
It doesn't look like it fits to me. It seems like it is popped up off the back too much. You need pics of the saddle in relation to the horse's shoulder, so we can see if the angle of the saddle matches the angle of the horse's shoulder. Make sense? Can't tell from your pics.

You do need to try it without pad first, and then with. But a pad will never make a too narrow saddle fit better. He possibly went better in it bc the other saddle fit worse.

Can you slide a hand between the front of the saddle and his shoulder and feel even contact the whole way down? I am betting there is more pressure towards the top. It looks either too narrow or the angle of the bars are not right for him.
    07-22-2009, 07:00 PM
SouthernTrails is a saddler - I would go by his recommendation and I agree - as I posted before, the bars of the saddle are wrong for your horse - just too narrow. A tight saddle can eventually begin to cause behavioral problems.
    07-22-2009, 07:05 PM
Originally Posted by RacePony007    
The back is raised up to high in the back! Perhaps get a narrower tree and it will sit down a little better!
I'm afraid that is the opposite of what she needs. A more narrow tree will sit higher - she needs a wider tree.
    07-23-2009, 12:41 AM
Her tree is already Q-H size. Does it really need to be bigger? I just know it needs to be moved up. That might help alot.
    07-23-2009, 01:03 AM
It definitely pops up in the back, and even if you pulled it forward a bit (which it does need to be moved forward), that won't solve the problem. The pictures you have with the saddle cinched up make the back look like it pops up even more than without being cinched. The true used of a back cinch is for working cattle. To put a back cinch on this saddle will do nothing more than just mask a problem, not actually serve a purpose. Its a nice looking saddle, but its too small for your horse. Cute horse btw. Like his coloring.
    07-23-2009, 08:13 AM
Thanks for everyone's help. Its so sad becuase 6 years ago when I bought this saddle it fit her perfectly but she is so much bigger now then what she was then :( I know she still has weight to loose will that affect the saddle any after she looses more weight?

Am I goign to have to buy a draft saddle LOL..j/k this is a FQB saddle by Rocking R with 7"gullet geesh my big ol girl..figures she would be hard to fit a saddle with

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