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post #1 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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saddle fit help

I have a mare (half Friesian) that is proving to be quite hard to fit for a saddle. I can't find one with the right curve and im beginning to wonder if I ever will! I've tried numerous saddles since im shopping for new ones and none seem to work quite right for her. I currently have one on trial I got last night. Only rode in it about 5 minutes since it was dark but I was able to actually sit up in it so I feel like that's saying its a better fit than all the others which throw me forward. Its still not right though. I was told that Id probably be better off getting one that fits along her back but using a riser pad in the back since they still seem to be pommel high. Thoughts? She needs to gain some muscle on her top line that's she's lost since this summer but thatll only be a little bit, not enough to make the saddle cantle as high as needed to be proper.

Heres a photo of the mare and then the current saddle. Its an x-wide so plenty wide but still pommel high. It actually seems a little wide when doing the finger test above the withers. Its only allowing 2 1/2 fingers when girthed up, didnt check what it was when I was sitting in it. It makes nice contact all the way across her back.



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post #2 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 04:37 PM
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Have you ever tried a wintec. My trainer likes to have one on hand that he can change the gullets out to show the owners how they fit. You can take each one out and try it out and see how it fits. As they came with all sizes.
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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I have a wintec actually, but the shape of the saddle itself doesnt work for her. Theyre made for flat backed horses, which she clearly isnt lol. I bought one without knowing that because I thought it would be a great thing to have for her. I need a saddle more shaped like a banana not a board. And that is proving hard to find!....well, unless I want to spend several thousand which just isnt an option!

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 04:49 PM
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She does have an odd shape to her back. If you have the money I would invest in an adjustable saddle like a schleese and have it fitted by an expert. Most Friesians are more round and her back looks to dip a bit low. They could fill that area in with flocking.
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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this saddle fits the whole way down her back, no bridging or areas of less or no contact. That's what is driving me nuts! It has great contact the whole length of the panel, but is pommel high! That's why I was hoping a back riser pad would work. The flaps and everything make wonderful contact with her back and sides. Its driving me nuts lol. Im buying a dressage and jump saddle so my budget is limited. If I was just getting one or the other I could afford a schleese but can't with two. I have a rembrandt coming for dressage that should fit well. A fitter has it coming to me that she thinks should naturally fit with no adjustment needing to be made. Hopefully ill get it in the mail soon and see. If I can get at least one saddle to work for now thatd be great but Im really coming up at a loss as far as jump saddles go!

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 05:21 PM
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then can't it be flock to see raise the back and have it set level
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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this saddle is foam, not wool. Im hoping to go the more durable method of foam if possible. My mare is making that difficult though :)

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If you have a Wintec CC that'll fit just as badly - the GP would suit her back shape far better but it'd still need a flock adjust in front to get over the fat-behind-shoulder issue.

Foam panels never fit shapely horses very well - manufacturers use them because they're cheaper to produce. From the pics I wonder if your saddle's bridging in the middle with no girth pressure, but you won't be able to see it. If so it'll be tight on the shoulder girthed up - draughts can often be awkward in that area.

I'd look for an Event cut saddle rather than a CC because they often have more suitable tree shapes than flat jumping saddles. And avoid foam - once it starts to degrade the saddle's scrap.

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post #9 of 17 Old 01-03-2013, 06:07 PM
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Try a Thorowgood, they have *TOO* much flocking in the seat, and have one that's made for broad backed horses.

I currently have a Thorowgood GPD dressage, I have had my saddle fitter remove wool from the seat 3 times and *hopefully* it will fit right when I pick it up tomorrow lol. Here's thier website:

Thorowgood synthetic saddles made in England

I bought mine brand new for $750 CAD, you can get a used one for 300-400$. It's VERY comfortable, and you stick to your seat...lol...

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Why do you think it is pommel high? It looks level to me, which is how it should be. I am concerned that once you have sat in the saddle for 20 min or so it will come down on the withers. Have you tried a saddle with a cut back pommel which is designed for horses with high withers.
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