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post #1 of 13 Old 07-08-2011, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle fitter needed

Hi everybody. I have a Schleese dressage saddle that I want to buy, but the tree needs to be widened for my horse. The lady who owns this saddle said the local Schleese rep is not too great at saddle fitting and doesn't recommend using her. Does anyone know of a saddle fitter in Michigan who can work on a Schleese dressage saddle? It doesn't need flocking, just the tree widened. I wouldn't think it would be that hard for an experienced saddle fitter.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-08-2011, 08:15 PM
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It is impossible to alter the width of the tree. If it were, saddle fitting would not be quite the nightmare it is :/

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! You're just going to have to get a new saddle.

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Hi everybody. I have a Schleese dressage saddle that I want to buy, but the tree needs to be widened for my horse. The lady who owns this saddle said the local Schleese rep is not too great at saddle fitting and doesn't recommend using her. Does anyone know of a saddle fitter in Michigan who can work on a Schleese dressage saddle? It doesn't need flocking, just the tree widened. I wouldn't think it would be that hard for an experienced saddle fitter.
I just purchased a schleese and I had a difficult time getting a fitter to come to my area. Finally they came last month. If they hadn't come the county rep said that she could adjust it. If it has the hennig tree it is adjustable. I had mine widened a smidge and flocking added in the middle to eliminate the bridging. Does the seller have a recomendation for a local fitter? I did not want to ship mine off as I think fitting in person has to be much more accurate.
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It is impossible to alter the width of the tree. If it were, saddle fitting would not be quite the nightmare it is :/

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! You're just going to have to get a new saddle.
I will bear some good news. Some trees are adjustable and most Schleese are adjustable. After trying and returning saddles I splurged on a schleese for that reason
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-09-2011, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much. I know the Schleese that I want to buy can be adjusted. It's just the local Schleese rep doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to actually fitting the saddles to the horses. It's good to know that a County rep may be able to help me. I don't want to send the saddle anywhere either. My horse is very hard to fit and extremely sensitive. I need the fitter to be right there checking the fit to the horse, not a tracing.
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just curious, which model are you looking at?
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-09-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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It's a JES model.
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I bought 2 actually a CHB because it was a bargain and the JES. The Jes was wider and fit my horse better so I just sold the CHB last week
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I love the JES Schleese. It puts me in a perfect position, has a nice deep seat and it's super comfortable for long trail rides. I just wish I could get it adjusted so it fit my very large horse properly
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-09-2011, 09:57 PM
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What year is it? Some of the older saddles had a narrow channel, the CHB was too narrow for my horse. I need a different flap for my legs as I couldn't get my thigh in the right position and a shorter tree so eventually I will look at a Wave or Link 11
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