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post #1 of 3 Old 05-20-2013, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle for flat back?

So I'm playing with the idea of finding my boy a new dressage saddle... he's changed shape again (got wider around the withers I think) and it's starting to bother him again. Gonna get the fitter out again to see what she can do, but still, the tree is not a great fit for his shape, although it's been ok with her modifications.

Need a dressage saddle designed for a flat back. Some withers, and BIG shoulders. He's not short backed. Will need a wider sort of saddle. (in a wide right now)

Just wanting to see what sort of stuff there is!

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-20-2013, 08:11 AM
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I like the Ideal Jessica. Although the tree shape looks as if it's designed with narrower horses in mind, in the correct width it seems to fit a lot of wider horses well (it was originally brought out for warmblood types). Plus the 10 1/2" seat is comfortable when you're approaching middle-age and not quite as, er...slim as you once were.

I have an IDxDWB who has gone slightly dip-backed as he's aged, and the model is still a good fit on him - when he's not fat The picture below shows the sort of problems I've had managing his weight, though to be fair the LH shot is last summer when he'd been off for ages after a foot abscess.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-20-2013, 09:26 AM
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Take a look at the Thornhill saddles. They're the only ones that fit my no withere'd QH that had shoulders like a bull. They run wide and they're also the only saddle I never had to "break in", just got on and loved the ride from day 1.

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