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    08-12-2009, 12:15 PM
What about something like this?
Abetta Serenity Endurance Saddle (formally Trinity Endurance Saddle)

I ride in one when trail riding with my friend and find it so comfy and because it doesn't have a horn I can also jump in it maybe the shape of this might fit his back a little better and it is synthetic.

Are there any tack shops nearby you can take him to to try some different things out?
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    08-12-2009, 03:16 PM
Green Broke
I would prefer to get an english saddle in the off chance that I do ever get to go to an english show and enter over fence classes.
    08-12-2009, 06:11 PM
Green Broke
Dover is the only US retailer for Thorowgoods right now. You could always demo the T4 for fit and rider comfort, then order the T6 if you like everything but the appearance.
    08-12-2009, 06:33 PM
I would go with a saddle that has a bit more arch to the body's shape than going with another strait saddle - like what we both have with our Wintec 500's.

I'm getting a Wintec CC, I had a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter bring one out for me, and one of thoes Flex Riders - and they both work better for Nelson's shaped back, than the Wintec 500.

If you have a Saddle Maker/Fitter in your area, contact them and make an appointment to have them bring out a few saddles that have more of an arch shape to the tree/panels -

I'm not a Professiona Saddle Maker/Fitter at all, but I've always believed and been told that no pad will correct a poorly fitted saddle. I've tried, honestly. I bought a Mate's 1/2 pad with shims to fill in the pockets, but bridging ended up occuring in other places. I've tried a wither relief pad, I even tried the Rambo Air Pad - pads just create more issues.

If your saddle doesn't fit properly while on the back bare *meaning no pads* then it doesn't fit.

Get your hands on a Wintec CC and a Flex Rider - I was happy with the results.
    08-12-2009, 06:45 PM
Green Broke
Do you know anything about the flex rider MIE? I saw one at jackson's western, that's the first time I had ever seen one, then I saw a couple on dover's clerance. They seem to come with basically the same options as the wintec.
    08-13-2009, 08:23 PM
I don't know a whole lot, I personally don't like how they look in comareson to the Wintec, but looks do not mean everything.

I would have a saddle fitter bring one out for you, or if you have a tackstore near you, get one on trial.
    08-13-2009, 08:25 PM
Green Broke
Does the thorowgood t6 have more of an arch to it than the wintec 500 or other thorowgood saddles? The high wither would be nice for Rocket.
    08-13-2009, 08:26 PM
Green Broke
I think I would much rather get a wintec then the flex rider, they feel more like fake leather than the wintec and I think they look cheaper too.
    08-19-2009, 09:28 PM
Green Broke
I think I am going to go to a local tack shop that does offer a saddle fitter now that I am thinking I might just get a leather saddle and use a friends synthetic western for trails since neither of my saddles fit. The only problem is that the saddle fitter's tack shop is a lil pricey and she will only fit saddles from that tack shop.
I read that maybe a hoop tree type saddle would be good, anybody know anything about those types of trees and what brands have them? Suggestions for saddles that have a more curved than straight fit and a cut back pommel would be nice too.

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