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    06-16-2013, 02:15 AM
Saddle fitting frustrations

So I just purchased a horse and I can't find a saddle that fits. The saddle he came with is not a great saddle (synthetic mix and really beat up) so I have been using different saddles from the barn. I purchased a saddle with a wider tree (its a roping saddle) hoping that would fit. So last week I had a woman who went to saddle fit class come over to help me out. At first she said the saddle I purchased was great. Then she changed her mind telling me that the rivets (there are four that hold in the pieces of leather) are going to poke my horses back. So we tried no less than six other saddles all different brands and she hated all of them. So I asked her If possibly a good pad could alleviate the possible rivet pain and she said no.

I am not new to horses but I have taken a long absence. And it's frustrating because I don't know if she is incredibly anal or if I need to purchase yet another saddle. And if all these other ones didn't fit either do I have to go down the custom saddle route because that us an avenue I'm sure I can't afford. And how when the saddle at first was awesome is all of a sudden terrible because of these rivets. And is it true the pad won't help with that? She said the pad makes it worse and it will be like needles poking into. Any insight would be much appreciated.
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    06-16-2013, 02:37 AM
Huh? What rivets? Where on the saddle (western, right?) are these rivets. ? Have a photo, perhaps?
    06-16-2013, 01:45 PM
I shouldn't say rivets. I don't have a photo. But they are tiny pieces of metal that are set into the sheepskin, they hold in the leather strings on the front and back of the saddle. I'm so sorry I don't know what those pieces of hanging leather are called. There are four of them one on each side front and back. They are not sharp and they are not huge but I've been told that when I get on they will poke the horse and make it uncomfortable. So I'm confused why that would make such a huge difference and why I couldn't cover it with sheepskin or something to make it better.
    06-16-2013, 01:49 PM
Saddle strings! The small pieces of metal that hold the saddle strings on.
    06-16-2013, 01:52 PM

I think I know what you are describing, a western Saddle needs at least a 3/4" thick Saddle Pad between the saddle and the Horse, generally a 1" thickness is best.

Using a proper pad, the small protrusion should not cause a problem.

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    06-17-2013, 12:05 AM
Thank you. That's what I was thinking but I was told that the pad would make it worse. Which makes no sense at all. I'm so glad because its a beautiful saddle and the idea of having to buy yet another one was not ideal.
    06-17-2013, 09:30 PM

    06-17-2013, 09:32 PM

    06-17-2013, 09:32 PM

If you put the saddle on the Horse with no pad, there might be a problem.

With a pad, do not worry...........

    06-17-2013, 09:34 PM
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