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    08-18-2010, 04:51 PM
Saddle fit critique, please! 3 days trial

Will appreciate any comments. 3 saddles (1 dressage, 2 jumping). I didn't have time to take pics of my paint (because it's been raining since yesterday night). If I'll be lucky I'll add them tonight or tomorrow.

So 1st one is dressage saddle.
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    08-18-2010, 04:53 PM
Jumping (I believe Marcel Toulose(?)). She broke the square stand on last slide (butt pic).
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    08-18-2010, 04:55 PM
Duett. Actually I had 2 more, but they obviously sit too bad (obviously even for me) - gaps everywhere....
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    08-18-2010, 05:23 PM
Of course its hard to tell without being there in person to feel things, but I liked the looks of the dressage saddle fit the best.
    08-18-2010, 06:00 PM
I'm far from an expert, but I also liked the dressage saddle best. The MT jumping saddle seems like the panels curve more than your horse's back, and don't sit against it in the rear, and the Duett seem like it doesn't sit level, and when you ride you would end up too far back. That is only my opinion, which is far from the most educated on saddle fit. . . Hopefully someone can offer more input. . .
    08-18-2010, 10:58 PM
The 3rd one is either placed too far forward or just doesn't sit right. I like how the 2nd one sits the best. It has the most gullet clearance of the three. The dressage also looks like it fits well, but ultimately you need to sit in each one. Put a white or light colored pad under the saddles, tighten up the girth and sit in each one. Check for appropriate gullet clearance, feel for side to side movement while riding and make sure you feel balanced. After you dismount, look at the underside of the pad. What you want to see is even symmetrical dirt spots and a clean area over the back area. Your horse looks like he's easy to fit, so it's probably just a matter of making sure you feel balanced. I tried a toulouse awhile back. I found the balance in that saddle to be very nice. It didn't fit my high withered horse, or else I'd own it.
    08-18-2010, 11:35 PM
Thank you, folks! The dressage saddle is the same one (but more narrow) I tried other day with the saddle fitter (I did ride in it too with her checking how we move and all). It fits qh nicely along the spine (as well as my paint and my own butt). However the one I tried was too wide on front (especially for the paint), so the saddle fitter asked me to borrow this one (more narrow), so she could compare them on the paint's tracing. I REALLY hope it'll fit her tracings too, so I'll just keep it.

As for other 2 saddles since I sold my jumping saddle I was thinking about may be getting one instead. I'll take them to compare against the tracing as well, but I see what you are saying. I'll be curious to see what saddle fitter will say. I also have 2 Excelle saddles (very pricey I must add), and the fit is just horrid, I'm not even taking them with me.
    08-19-2010, 12:18 AM
Green Broke
Dressage looks okay, first jumping looks okay but I'd like to see a full side shot, Duett is too narrow (you need to go up a tree size).
    08-19-2010, 02:48 PM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Dressage looks okay, first jumping looks okay but I'd like to see a full side shot, Duett is too narrow (you need to go up a tree size).
Thank you, luvs!
    08-20-2010, 03:52 PM
Green Broke
I agree...dressage

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