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post #1 of 5 Old 03-30-2011, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle fitting older high withered thoroughbred!

I am currently leasing a 21yr old Thoroughbred, and am looking for a all purpose or jumping saddle. She is being ridden in a 17/17.5" Wintec isabelle saddle with a half sheepskin pad witch some extra padding (compliments to saddleworld) which made it fit her shark fin wither!!

I was wondering if anyone had any reccomendations for saddles that i could look into that could fit her..

Thankyou :)

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-30-2011, 06:06 PM
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I would recommend finding a saddle with a partially cutback pommel, to allow wither room. Then talk to and get them to custom build you a sadle pad. You need their Interpad with some added shims. He's lacking a lot of muscle behind the wither and you will not be able to find a saddle that will fit him to a "T." Just get close, then use a good saddle pad with shims to fill in for the rest. Skito uses high quality open cell foam that keeps the horse comfortable and cool. It compresses enough to comform to horse and saddle, but won't bottom out.

For saddles, you might look at Thorowgood's High Wither line. I have one of the T6 Cob saddles and really like the quality. It's a much nicer synthetic than Wintec's.

Good luck!
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i definitely agree with looking for a saddle with a cutback head. it'll be much easier to fit a saddle to your guy once he's built up some topline as currently it doesn't appear that he has much which makes saddle fitting that much harder. with that being said, you'll also want to make sure he has shoulder room. ime, it's not the easiest thing to find a saddle (close contact or the like in particular) that will fit a horse with high withers and large shoulders.

your best bet is to find a saddler who will come out and help you find the best fit for you and the horse. :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-03-2011, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by crimsonsky View Post
your best bet is to find a saddler who will come out and help you find the best fit for you and the horse. :)
I agree completely. Your best bet would be to hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out and help you out with your process of saddle searching.

A good one should come out to your place, not only with their tools/equipment to measure and assess your horses back, shoulders, etc, etc - but also with a truck/van full of saddles to try on your horse.

The saddler should watch you ride as well, to see how your fit in the saddle, how the saddle works for you, how your horse moves/works with the saddle on and how you work in the saddle.

A good one will cost between $75 - $100+.

I greatly dislike the tree's of wintecs. They are far too strait, especially for TB's backs with high withers. I used to have a Wintec 500 A/P, and my horse would show pain in his back, without my knowledge that the tree was too strait for his arched/shaped back. The strait tree, was bridging - I got rid of it. Thank goodness. But I wouldn't of found that out, without a Saddler helping me.

All the best!

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-09-2011, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thankyou for all the help!

I've had someone come out from saddleworld before who fitted a half sheepshin pad to her with inserts, which raised it from her wither and corrected the balance point (too far back).

MIEventer, have you found a good allpurpose saddle? I'm not a fan of leather saddles (mainly because of price.. but i'd be happy with a older model.. lots of stuben seigfried saddles, and bates caprilli's.. doy uo have a opinion on these? :)
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