Saddle fit/saddle pad fit for western TB (with pics)

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    07-18-2013, 02:57 AM
Green Broke
Saddle fit/saddle pad fit for western TB (with pics)

Hi! So I recently asked a question about fitting a western saddle to a TB. She's narrow and four, so until she bulks up a bit I'm going to have to use a bit of "padding". I borrowed two saddle blankets (one with removable shims) from my friend, and tried them on and took pictures but I just don't know. Can I get some advice? Please don't advise me to get a saddle fitter, western is very uncommon in my area and there are no saddle fitters. (I'm an english person not a western... so I don't really have a clue what I am on about). Anyway have a look at my many pictures please!

Here is the saddle straight on her back (obviously too low on withers)

Here is the saddle pad with no shims - but in general I just didn't feel this pad was as "stable" if that makes sense:

Here is the same saddle pad with 1/4 inch shims:

1/2 inch shims

And this is just another saddle pad, its like wool lined and pretty thick. To be honest, this one doesn't have as much wither clearance but to me it seems to fit better, feels more stable.

What do you think of these, or do you have any other better suggestions? It just seems when you build up part of it up then the rest of it just isn't as stable or solid. I don't think I'll find a western saddle that fits better, western isn't really common, and it's already a reasonably narrow saddle. And I don't want to ride in my english saddle until she's a bit less green.
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    07-18-2013, 07:58 AM

I think the problem is the Angle of the Bars in the Tree is wrong, see pic on left, you have a Horse That is narrower (what we call it is saddle fit terms) than the Saddle you have.

Notice how your Saddle pinches at the top and has space near the bottom?

See the pic on the left, this is what the Saddle looks like on your Horse, padding up does nothing to change the Angle of the Bars, therefore that saddle will never fit properly.

The sample Horse in my drawing would take a Reg. QH Bar Saddle Tree

I have seen some shims that were wedge shape, but no idea where the person got them from, wedges ma be a quick fix, but I would not even recommend them for the long term

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    07-18-2013, 09:28 AM
Green Broke
Ok, so what do I need to look for?
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    07-18-2013, 03:30 PM

I would guess that Saddle as it is older has the regular QH Bars with a 90% bar angle, so maybe a Saddle with Semi-QH Bars as they generally have a steeper 86 degree angle.

That being said, that saddle could have a Full QH bar with a 94 degree angle, so in that case a reg. QH bar would work.

Every Tree Maker has a slightly different opinion, so you need to look for a Saddle that fits as good at the top of the Bar as it does at the bottom of the Bar.

Something like this

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    07-18-2013, 07:09 PM
Green Broke
I'm pretty sure the saddle I am using has semi-QH bars, but I could be wrong. My friend has a near new semi-QH bar saddle, it's too long in the back for her but I might try it on and see if the angle is better. So even if it is too wide, if the angle of the bars corresponds to the angle of the horse, then I can just use a little extra padding to lift it up?
    07-18-2013, 07:14 PM
Originally Posted by Saskia    
if the angle of the bars corresponds to the angle of the horse, then I can just use a little extra padding to lift it up?

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