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    07-25-2013, 05:16 AM
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Yearling
Saddle Fitting Issues

I have tried so many types of saddles on my mare and it just seems she is impossible to fit. We started out riding in a Tex Tan barrel saddle, but that fit her horribly. I then started using a Circle Y barrel saddle about 9 months ago and it seemed to fit her nicely; no dry spots and no soreness. But recently she has started getting small round dry spots right behind her withers. She doesn't seem to be sore at all but I'm just wondering if this is something I should be concerned about..? Is there a reason her saddle would fit for quite a while and then suddenly not?
     
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    07-25-2013, 07:10 AM
  #2
Yearling
Has she lost/gained weight/condition? That'd be the first thing I'd look for.

It might be as easy as buying a riser pad to fix it, but you'd need to work out exactly why those spots are there first. Is the saddle sitting too far back/forward? Too wide, too narrow? Saddle fitting can be so very annoying.
     
    07-25-2013, 08:51 AM
  #3
Showing
You have been looking at brands rather than the fit of the tree. Most saddle manufacturers use Ralide trees and the three most common are semi, qh and full qh or wide. A good rawhide wrapped tree usually offers a better fit than the Ralide. And yes, as a horse's fitness level changes one often has to change saddles with a different tree.
     
    07-25-2013, 11:49 AM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
You have been looking at brands rather than the fit of the tree. Most saddle manufacturers use Ralide trees and the three most common are semi, qh and full qh or wide. A good rawhide wrapped tree usually offers a better fit than the Ralide. And yes, as a horse's fitness level changes one often has to change saddles with a different tree.
I don't know why the ralide trees can't fit as good as a rawhide trees, because ralide is just a material and you should be able to make a good fitting tree out of it, but my observations have been the same as Saddlebag's.

Since I switched to wooden trees made by Steele (and they are not even top-of-the-line rawhide wrapped trees, but fiberglass wrapped) I am getting much better saddle fit with my horses. It's like a miracle to buy a saddle and actually have it FIT your horse!

I swear I don't think I have ever had a ralide tree fit one of my horses right. They must fit someone's horses right, but just not mine! They seem to be durable, I have never had one fail, but no matter what style of saddle or width of tree, I have just never had one fit well.
     



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