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post #11 of 16 Old 08-11-2011, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle "fitters" are usually connected to a saddle company or store. With english saddles they do not have the ability to adjust the wool flocking. About all they can tell you is if the horse needs a medium, wide or narrow tree. A lower end saddle with memory foam instead of wool flocking can't be adjusted. If the fitter belongs to the Society of Master Saddlers, then that person is fully qualified.There are very vew in Canada and the US and they will likely be located in the areas where the concentration of upper lever training is greatest.
My fitter doesn't work for any company (I know she runs leather repair business). She also almost doesn't do the re-sell (unless client wants to sell and she knows who's looking at the moment). Her day is very busy because she's invited to lots of big barns in MD/VA (as well as private owners like me). Funny enough even tack stores out of state (like Trumbull Mt, which is in Vermont) know about her.

But I see what you are saying. When I was looking for the fitter last year most indeed are related to certain brand and VERY pushy that it's the only brand to go with to fit the horse perfectly (the reason I eventually went with mine who was very open and suggested several brands to look at from cheaper to expensive).

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Every 6 months to a year is the protocal for having a Saddle Maker/Fitter come out and assess your horse and your saddle Kitten - it is always wise to make sure your saddle fits properly, because horses change on a regular basis...and you may cause the saddle to sit incorrectly due to crookedness and etc, etc.

It depends on if you get a Saddle Maker or a Saddle Fitter, the Saddle Maker can make adjustments to your saddle, but SaddleBag is incorrect in assuming that Saddle Fitters can only tell you whether a saddle is narrow or large or what you need - because a good one, will tell you that the saddle needs flocking, knows what shape of tree you need, and etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, - there is TONS to do with saddle fitting, that the majority of the educated one's know.

It's a load of whooie that Saddle Fitters can only tell you if you need a wide or narrow.

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It depends on if you get a Saddle Maker or a Saddle Fitter, the Saddle Maker can make adjustments to your saddle, but SaddleBag is incorrect in assuming that Saddle Fitters can only tell you whether a saddle is narrow or large or what you need - because a good one, will tell you that the saddle needs flocking, knows what shape of tree you need, and etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, - there is TONS to do with saddle fitting, that the majority of the educated one's know.
Actually from what I know good saddle fitter can do re-flocking and some adjustment of the tree (they don't mess with foam though). I know the lady I use did re-flocking for bunch of people on my local forum.

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Yep, if they have the means. Saddle Makers definitely have the means, not all saddle fitters do.

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I try for once a year, in the spring or late winter, when we are gearing up for show season and at our training peak. My horse goes 6 days a week year round except for maybe a week off here or there so is always "in shape".
The "best" imo saddle fitter/maker in my area is near my coach (5 hours away) and when I'm there I'm training and need my saddle. So I usually use a saddle fitter in my area to help me along but my next saddle purchase will be through this other guy, and custom if I can afford it lol.
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I try for once a year, in the spring or late winter, when we are gearing up for show season and at our training peak. My horse goes 6 days a week year round except for maybe a week off here or there so is always "in shape".
The "best" imo saddle fitter/maker in my area is near my coach (5 hours away) and when I'm there I'm training and need my saddle. So I usually use a saddle fitter in my area to help me along but my next saddle purchase will be through this other guy, and custom if I can afford it lol.
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Thanks, anebel!

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