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    11-03-2010, 04:20 PM
  #1
Foal
Saddle Fitting

I know there's been a recent thread about checking your saddle for fit, but without even watching the videos, I am pretty sure my saddle is not the perfect fit for my horse. The rubs/sweat marks after use are inconsistent over her coat and I am pretty sure after many years of use (I bought it over 6 years ago from my aunt, who bought it used years before that) it has become somewhat hard and uncomfortable, and that's not just for her but me as well!

That being said, it is not terrible, please don't think I am using an unbelievably horrible saddle on my horse! My problem is, I have had this saddle for 6 or more years (I don't remember) yet I only bought my horse this past August. I've known her/helped train her on all my college breaks for two years and the owner was nice enough to give her to me since she wasn't working out well for her. My trainer said the saddle was OK when I was riding her now and then and I've always used a gel pad with it as well, but I'm worried it might cause soreness now that I am riding her in it 4-5 times a week. I know the saddle is not the perfect fit, but it's all I have to use, and since I am a college student, my savings are obviously quite low and I am paying for most of my board myself and working my tail off to do it. I have some savings and with the holidays coming up, I was considering doing something about this saddle.

I am wondering how much it would cost to have a saddle fitter come and fit my horse. That being said, would the saddle fitter be able to fix my saddle by 'reflocking' (I've heard the term, any chance someone could explain exactly what it means??) or by suggesting corrective padding? Or would I have to buy an entirely new or used saddle? Would the saddle fitter have saddles I could purchase or suggest sizes/brands so I wouldn't have to call him/her again to check a new one? I've never seen a saddle fitting or know much about it, and although I have been around horses whether it be working around a barn or riding, saddle fitting has always been a major luxury in the barns I have been in.

My biggest concern is the cost, I don't want to use all my savings since I want something in case of an accident or other problem. This is also my very first horse and I don't want her to get sore because I was too cheap to make her comfortable, I know her back health is very important for her own general health and for riding. Thank you for any help you can give!
     
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    11-03-2010, 04:55 PM
  #2
Showing
You really want to explore who is in your area and get recommendations before you call him/her out.

The price range on saddle fitters in my area was $50 - 200 this passed summer (just to come out to evaluate the fit). Yes, in many cases you can re-flock as long as the tree size is correct. That's what the lady I used said: "If the tree size is right I can do re-flocking to bring up or down the front. But if the tree size is wrong, well, I can't do much". She also fixed the "uneveness" of my horse by adding the cheap wrap (Dover Saddlery | Dover's No-Bows Wraps.) under the saddle, folded as a square on one side (yeah, instead of $$ correction pad recommended to me by other person).

If you'd take some pics and post here I'm sure number of people would give you suggestions on fit and what can be done.
     
    11-03-2010, 05:02 PM
  #3
Foal
The more I think about it, the more I think I might just ask one of the trainers or the barn owner to help me with the fit. I'm not sure I could afford any new equipment and a saddle fitting appointment. I've also done some research and can't find many reliable fitters in the area.

I can take some pictures of just the saddle on her back when I next see her on Friday or Saturday and post them and I would love any feedback. Although for cost purposes, keeping this saddle with only some extra padding would be nice, the saddle is also extremely uncomfortable for me. I recently bought a sheepskin pad because it's so rock hard through the seat and the saddle had a tendency to get extremely cold in the wintertime and was uncomfortable to sit in. Also the lack of knee rolls cause knee discomfort for me now and then.

If you or anyone has any suggestions for a saddle brand to purchase that would also be helpful. I am keeping my eye on ebay and once I've figured out the size and shape she might be, I might try and get a new one if it's not too expensive.
     
    11-03-2010, 09:10 PM
  #4
Trained
If the rub/sweat marks are inconsistent, it probably just needs to be reflocked. If it really didn't fit, over the span of 6 years, I'd think you'd already have white hair marks or a soar back to show for it. You're probably okay.
     
    11-03-2010, 09:37 PM
  #5
Foal
Well like I said, I've had the saddle 6 years but not the horse. I've only used it on her on my school breaks (maybe 2-3months total out of the year and all spread out by weekends and holidays) for the past two years. I have only been using it consistently for two months now. She wouldn't be showing signs of soreness yet I don't think, so I am hoping to prevent it before it happens.
     
    11-03-2010, 09:46 PM
  #6
Trained
Ah, only half read it. I'm working and surfing simultaneously. Still could be a simply reflocking issue. I'm a pretty good saddle pad reader if you want to post a pic of the saddle pad after riding in it.
     
    11-03-2010, 09:55 PM
  #7
Foal
I will definitely post some pictures on Friday or Saturday... sadly midterms have kept me from riding most of this week, although I'm sure my horse doesn't mind!
     
    11-04-2010, 08:42 AM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by BrindalBelle    
The more I think about it, the more I think I might just ask one of the trainers or the barn owner to help me with the fit. I'm not sure I could afford any new equipment and a saddle fitting appointment. I've also done some research and can't find many reliable fitters in the area.
That sounds rather funny, but personally I found the trainers (I talked to 3, all in horse business for while) to be as "educated" in saddle fit as I am.

BTW, you can also take pics and contact the saddle fitter by email. I did it too - I contacted Trumbull Mountain Tack Shop - The Saddle Specialists with the pics of my horses/saddle and pics of tracing and asked for recommendations. Their recommendations were very appropriate.
     
    11-04-2010, 09:16 AM
  #9
Trained
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That sounds rather funny, but personally I found the trainers (I talked to 3, all in horse business for while) to be as "educated" in saddle fit as I am.
lol, me too Kitten. You spoke to 3, I spoke to 1 - and she seemed educated.....she's the one that told me my wintec was a great fit, lol. Low and behold.....it wasn't. SURPRISE! :P

To the OP, I hope you find help! I do! I know how frustrating it is when you have a saddle that doesn't properly fit - I've delt with this for just over 2 years, this is our 3rd year together and I just found a saddle that actually works well.

Give yourself a big pat on the back for even noticing that your saddle doesn't fit properly, that' a big feat! Many don't even know, or recognize - so be proud of yourself! I didn't even know, until I started to notice back pain on my boy, I was really lack there of in the education department of saddle fit.

I like Kitten Val's approach - that that Tack Shop she posted, maybe they can help guide you in the right direction!
     
    11-04-2010, 12:34 PM
  #10
Showing
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
lol, me too Kitten. You spoke to 3, I spoke to 1 - and she seemed educated.....she's the one that told me my wintec was a great fit, lol. Low and behold.....it wasn't. SURPRISE! :P
Tell me about it! I got Pessoa, paid $$$, trainer said "great, perfect" while still on trial... Had to sell it later on (in loss of course, because I sold it through consignment with commissions). Lesson learned hard.

Educate yourself, get someone who actually knows what he/she is doing (I must say couple people on this forum were very helpful helping me out with the fit (luvs was one of them, did the evaluation and gave her recommendations very much appreciated!) ).
     

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