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post #1 of 24 Old 09-22-2011, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle shopping (again)

So my saddle was taken by saddle fitter, and she suggested to get something cheaper for trail riding and situations like this one (when I don't have a saddle anymore). Went to consignment store and Dover today - nothing. I checked local craigslist, horseclicks, and tacktrader already. Are there any other sites or shops with consignment one can suggest, please?

P.S. I'm so upset... When I got a saddle a year back it was a great fit for my paint, and good fit for my qh. Lately it didn't feel right, so called the fitter yesterday... Yeah, not so good fit for my qh and quite bad fit for the paint... So changed flocking and she's changing the billets (hopefully by weekend)... I wonder HOW people get those $$$ custom saddles when horses keep changing so much!

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post #2 of 24 Old 09-23-2011, 09:36 AM
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The same thing just happened to me! My horse out grew her saddle :/
I'm reading a book on saddle fit right now and am going to have to start browsing the consignment stores soon.

Have you looked at Ebay? I think EquineNow.com has a saddle and tack section. You might check the feed store bulletin board too, although ours usually just has free puppy fliers.

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I feel your pain. I tried everything to find a saddle that would fit Dancer's high withers and broad back. No luck. Even got a treeless saddle. It fit her okay, but I could't keep the stupid thing from slipping sidewise. Turned out, the saddle I bought for my hubby fit her okay-ish, if I used a wither builder pad. However, when I rode her (yes! I finally rode her!) she was still a tad under weight...now I fear that saddle won't fit her since she's gained a little more weight.

Local saddle fitter (sort of - she's as close as we can get around here) said to try a saddle with Arabian bars...which means the saddle I've had my eye on for the last two years (Abetta Brushpopper) won't work because it doesn't come in that size...

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Kitten-I know it is a hike, but you tried the consignment place in Middleburg? They usually have LOTS of saddles. Grey Pony? Not sure how many they have.....

If your horses are changing that much, perhaps a Wintec would be a good "cheap" alternative. I love my Bates with the adjustable billets......not something you would want to change every day, but also not something you have to send out and wait weeks for! Just one idea.
Actually, is it your horses that are changing or is the actual saddle changing somehow? Seems strange both of your critters would change so much.

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The same thing just happened to me! My horse out grew her saddle :/
I'm reading a book on saddle fit right now and am going to have to start browsing the consignment stores soon.

Have you looked at Ebay? I think EquineNow.com has a saddle and tack section. You might check the feed store bulletin board too, although ours usually just has free puppy fliers.

Good luck!
Thanks, Pixie! Well, I can't say they "outgrown it". The problem is with all this riding I do the shape changed a lot (no surprise). But in weird way: one became more round, other one lowered her bum and went much higher in withers.

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Kitten-I know it is a hike, but you tried the consignment place in Middleburg? They usually have LOTS of saddles. Grey Pony? Not sure how many they have.....
Middleburg doesn't have anything at the moment (the problem is I need 18" + MW, and there are not so many with such configuration around). I'll stop by Grey Pony tomorrow on my way to friend's (although they usually don't have a lot there).

Wintec is a bad fit tree shape-wise. They are both hard to fit (especially my qh that is asymmetrical on shoulders). So custom definitely is not a way to go with all those changes (I use no-bow wraps to get a better fit per my fitter suggestion). The fitter moved the billets more forward (because girth groove is also way too upfront for both). So just a headache you know...

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I feel your pain. For an English saddle, I was using a Bates with a wide gullet on my gelding last Jan. Didn't ride him again in an English saddle until last week...the saddle was resting on his withers. Took a close look, installed a medium gullet, and now it fits great - but I would never have guessed that riding a horse 4 times/week would change his shape to a narrower gullet.

With the western saddle, I just add an extra Navajo blanket and he's fine.

Something I don't understand...

Why doesn't someone make an English saddle with external padding, instead of internal. It could use an external foam pad like the Wintec foam pads, along with a custom shaped wool blanket. By changing the foam pad, you could account for small changes, and an interchangeable gullet would handle the majority of the rest. You could even have the foam panel come gusseted and regular.

Oh well. There is probably a good reason.

Also - off-topic, but just saw a good summary of saddle fitting here:

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I feel your pain. For an English saddle, I was using a Bates with a wide gullet on my gelding last Jan. Didn't ride him again in an English saddle until last week...the saddle was resting on his withers. Took a close look, installed a medium gullet, and now it fits great - but I would never have guessed that riding a horse 4 times/week would change his shape to a narrower gullet.
Yep, that's EXACTLY what happened to my qh. Fitter should add more flocking on front. But then I don't want to go with more narrow, because it may change again after winter break. It's just so very strange! She's nothing but muscles, but withers went up (butt went down though, so she's not as badly downhill anymore, which is very nice).

I wonder if dressage saddles also come with interchangeable gullets. I know CC comes. Have to check it out...

Thanks for the link - I'll check it out!

Edit: I was thinking about one of those shimmable pads, but I really want to look at one first "in person".

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After my horse outgrew my saddle again, I went and bought a Toulouse Annice with the adjustable tree. It's been a life saver.

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I wonder if dressage saddles also come with interchangeable gullets. I know CC comes. Have to check it out...
My wintec pro dressage has the changeable gullet, I'm not sure about other brands tho.
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