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post #1 of 3 Old 09-21-2011, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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saddle Fitting again

It took me two years to find a saddle that fit Mooney's back and now I am back to square one. The two saddles I had don't fit Spice's back because the western is a semi quarter (90 degrees) and it pinches her just below the withers, but it only has two fingers clearance, and it lifts in the back. The English, well it was a cheap saddle any how.

I am looking for an english saddle for later (I am not riding her now she still needs weight), but I've never looked for a saddle for a horse that has a curvier back (in compare to my old mare). I would prefer to get a thorowgood or wintec, just because I am not up for the care of more leather at the moment and it molds in the humidity. Both seem like they may be to flat for the slope of her withers, and I am not even close to a fitter (3 hours and they don't travel), There is pictures in my albums (my computer won't let me post), she looks the same but has gained a little weight over her ribs.

Another question though, I don't know what to do about the muscle wastage by her withers? Do I get a wider saddle and pad it out so she has room to develop? Most horses either had the saddle to fit the hollow or they made "do", not really what I want. This is another reason if I can get adjustable I can make room for new muscles. I am looking for a/p or dressage saddle if I makes a difference, I am not one to like to leave the ground, not on a ladder not while riding a horse. Second hand saddles are not common, people get a saddle and hold onto it for dear life.

Oh and I am on a tight budget at the moment until spring, and I don't order out of country (Canada), because of massive shipping cost and double the taxes/duty. Thanks for reading my rant there. Any suggestions would be great.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-21-2011, 10:21 PM
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Cruiser, if you wish to purchase in the US it will come Priority but you can have it shipped Parcel Post which takes longer but is cheaper. Do not buy from someone who ships only by courier, like UPS. If it comes by mail, you will likely pay fed and prov taxes and the post office gets $5 to collect it and do the paperwork. It has become a buyer's market so with careful shopping you can get a good deal even if you pay an additional $80+ to get it in your door. eg. a saddle I was interested in for a friend was in ON for $700 plus shipping. I found the same saddle in California for $165. The shipping was over $100 but for a grand total of about $300, she's getting a good saddle at a great price.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-23-2011, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks it is I don't know about buying a second hand saddle without seeing.

But I thought I would update any how. I through the western saddle of mine up on her again without a pad this time. width isn't wide enough for her shoulders so a full quarter bars it is. The angle of the bars seem awful to, it pinchs at the top and isn't even in contact with her a little ways down. But through all of this, it lifts off her back by the cantle by a few inches, slides back, and it sits low on her withers. I feel awful for even cinching it up on her now. I think I found a used only a few month, wintec for less than half price new so might try that if I can sell my western one.
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