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    10-11-2012, 10:25 PM
Saddle fit question with link to pictures

Hello, I am new to this forum and im not exactly sure if my saddle fits or does not fit my mare. I have a bunch of pictures on this link below with my western saddle on my mare's back with and without a saddle pad. Please let me know what you think :)
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    10-12-2012, 06:37 AM
Welcome to the forum! To be sure your question gets a proper answer, I'm going to move it to a new thread.

Based on the first pics of the saddle without the pad, I'm going to say that it is too wide. The swell looks awfully close to the withers.

What bars does the saddle have?
    10-12-2012, 07:27 AM
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I agree with Bill, it seems a touch too wide, while the angle of the bars looks good, I think going down one size would be good and maybe use a pad that has a wither cutout would help.

If that saddle is a Full-QH , go to a Regular-QH Tree
If it is a Regular-QH, go to a Semi-QH

    10-12-2012, 10:05 AM
Hello, thank you for replying to my message and to move it to a different location even though it took me a couple of minutes to find it :P I wasn't sure where to post it as this was my first time on the forum yesterday :)

Ok so the saddle is a western rawhide (adobe walnut), it has a 6 1/2'' wide gullet and a 7'' high gullet. I am aware that when there is no pad that the gullet swell is close to the withers but whenever I put a pad it doesn't touch the withers at all.
You see im confused with the fit because my horse's last owner thinks she would be better with a 7'' wide gullet because she says she has large shoulders. And so I was beginning to think that maybe she does need a wider gullet but when I pass my hand between the shoulders and the saddle it's snug. I don't know how snug it should be but it kinda is. Like in one of the pictures, you see my hand between the saddle and the shoulders well you can see my hand has wrinkles on it (sort of). Maybe the fit around the shoulders is perfect too im not exactly sure. But if I were to get a semi-QH bar wouldn't be even more tighter on the shoulders? This type of saddle is made kind of narrow. I really love my saddle and it doesn't seem to be bothering her.
See I live in the north of Ontario, Canada and there are no specialized saddle fitter around the area at all. So I have to use my own judgement and the help of people around, and on internet to help me with my saddle fitting.

And last but not least, some people have asked me to check for a sweat pattern but my mare is the kind of horse where she needs a hard workout to sweat...Some horses will sweat in like 10 minutes but she gets a bit sweaty between the chest at that is a little

Let me know please :) Your replies and help is much needed, thank you so so much !
    10-12-2012, 10:10 AM
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If that Saddle has a 6.5" Gullet which is usually SemiQH Bars , going wider would make the problem much worse.

The best solution would be to use a pad with a wither cut-out and at least a 1" thick.

The Angle of the Bars is the most important and that looked pretty good

    10-12-2012, 10:35 AM
I tho't I recognized the saddle as one of West. Rawhide's. You need a saddle with what is called a barrel front which allows more room in the withers. By the time you ride for 20 min or so the pad will have compressed and the gullet will be down on the withers. Those are qh bars. Semi has a different angle than qh not just a matter of narrower and wider, like the pitch on a roof.
    10-12-2012, 01:41 PM
All my saddle pads are thick, I use a cashel saddle pad, a sierra barrel contoured wither pad (the one shown on the picture) and I also have a mustang wool pad about 3/4 thick and I put my navajo blanket 30''x60'' on top to make it even more thicker :) I will keep an eye and check on the saddle if the gullet puts pressure on the withers after a while riding with my saddle pads.

Can anyone tell me how snug it should be between the shoulders and the bar angles though? With or without saddle pad...please..
    10-14-2012, 06:43 AM
Originally Posted by joseeandjade11    
Hello, thank you for replying to my message and to move it to a different location even though it took me a couple of minutes to find it :P
If you go to the menu bar on top, there is a drop down called "Quick Links". Scroll down to "Subscribed Threads", click on it and that will show you all the threads that you posted to as well as those that have new responses after yours"

I hope you enjoy it here - there is a lot of good advise from very knowledgeable members.
    10-14-2012, 11:14 AM
Also, the saddle position looks to be too far forward on the back.
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    10-14-2012, 08:32 PM
Ohhh thank you so much iridehorses, I found the link and it goes wayy faster like that than always searching for my thread everytime! This advice was very helpful and I really like this forum, so many good advices here for sure

Gone riding, I pushed my saddle so it could 'find the resting spot' before taking the pictures.. unless I did it wrong but?

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