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post #1 of 13 Old 11-05-2012, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle fit - mutton withers

My "new" saddle came in so I tried it on my QH. What do you guys think about the fit? For some reason, the left side seems a bit wonky, but the right side seems ok.













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My guy wasnt quite mutton withered but it kept me awake at night trying to find a saddle with full QH bars.....eventually I found one, does your saddle have FULL bars or just QH bars? If you cannot easily slide your hand up under the skirt by his shoulders then its too small....
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My guy wasnt quite mutton withered but it kept me awake at night trying to find a saddle with full QH bars.....eventually I found one, does your saddle have FULL bars or just QH bars? If you cannot easily slide your hand up under the skirt by his shoulders then its too small....
It has full bars and the gullet measures close to 8". This boy is seriously built like a tank.

I'm concerned about clearance... I'll have to see what it looks like once I have a pad on him and my hubby is in the saddle. Hubby is only 115 lbs so hopefully it's not a problem...

Just deciding whether this saddle is a good fit or whether I should sell it and try again. I will consider myself terribly lucky if it fits... the first time I bought a saddle for this particular horse it took me 8 tries and I still wasn't a huge fan of how the saddle fit him.
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Ok the clearance LOOKS a little low.

The gullet is a good width at 8 inches, but just looks a little low for clearance. Best thing is to ride the horse in it, see how he responds and feels.....my horses tail just went crazy when I put a saddle too tight in the front on him!!
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Cody is such a dang sweetheart, he doesn't complain until it's unbearable. I didn't realize I was riding him in a too tight saddle (I was young and inexperienced) until one day he just couldn't stand the pain and reared up and went over backwards. I felt horrible.

He's coming out of retirement so we'll be building him up very slowly. Since I'll be on the ground I'll have the opportunity to watch him very closely, though. He won't be doing much more than walking and occasional trotting.
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Ok.....my guy has huge shoulders, therefore a fitting 'issue'! If you can't slide your hand up under that front skirt when the cinch is done up then I'd suggest looking around some more......it's a pain isn't it?!!!!!
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Ok.....my guy has huge shoulders, therefore a fitting 'issue'! If you can't slide your hand up under that front skirt when the cinch is done up then I'd suggest looking around some more......it's a pain isn't it?!!!!!
I'll give it a try when I'm at my parents' next time, thanks!
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If that is a Full-QH, you need a Regular-QH Tree

It is not level and sitting too far down on his withers


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Well, poop. My saddle fitting nightmares begin again!
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Well, poop. My saddle fitting nightmares begin again!
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Sigh I feel your pain....
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