Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Thanks for all the help so far everybody. I did find that the Collegiate(first one) did indeed fit him better, as to the A/P, but the A/P was the only one that I could get wide enough to fit him so far(with that being said, it's only the second saddle I've tried so far).
But anyways, I am DEFINITELY taking the A/P back on Friday. I didn't like how it fit him at all, but I wanted to know what others thought of the fit, because maybe I was going crazy? I'm really new to the whole saddle fit thing(although, I really shouldn't be. I've been owning for over 9 years now... But I've only ever had one horse before him, and all my tack fit her from day one, so I never had a problem). Also, I did not like at all how the back pannels didn't even rest on his back. He is proving to be harder to fit then I originally thought he would be...
With that being said, no, I haven't ever really tried a wintec before, so I couldn't really say so or not. There was one(an A/P) at the tack shop, that I'm thinking about bringing home to give a trial on that one now.
Now brand wise, I bought a Collegiate for him first of all because when he was in training, that was the saddle my trainer used on him(My saddle was lost in their barn fire, so I just used hers). It was a Collegiate RD A/P or something, and at that time, he WAS fitting in a Medium tree. So when I found this older Collegiate, I thought "Oh, why not? Same brand and tree size, it HAS to fit". But heck, after going to another new trainer, he comes home and is twice the size as when I first sent him. Go figure?!
What about a Bates Caprilli CC? I found one in my price range, but have never put one on my gelding before. I rode in one when I first started riding(when I was like...9-10?) so it has been awhile... Or forget about treed saddles, should I maybe just go treeless instead? Haha, oh my...I don't even know what to do anymore.
Oh, and with the half pad, the only reason why I was using one on him was because that's what my first trainer used when she was riding/training, so I just figured that is what he needed, you know?(p.s. The only reason I changed trainers was because the training started to get expensive due to my hours at work being cut. Nothing to do with the trainer not being very good)
Again, I'd like to say thanks to everyones input so far. I'm thinking that I should probably start reading up/learning about saddle fitting now. Probably good knowledge to know as a horse owner :P
Haha, anyways, if anyone has any ideas of which brands may work for him, or if anyone else has any critique for me, let me know! I'm open to everything! It's all a good learning process for me, and my horse(teaching him major patience now, LOL)