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post #1 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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show me what a well-fitted saddle looks like

I see a lot of saddle fitting threads on here, mostly with pictures of saddles that do not fit the horse. I have had a difficult time with fitting my own wide, short backed horse. I still have yet to find one that really fits her well so I've resorted to a bareback pad for the time being.

I want to see pictures of saddles that do fit the horse they're on! I'm not entirely sure how a well-fitted saddle is supposed to look with a pad, without a pad, cinched, uncinched. I'd be eternally grateful to those who would be willing to take the time to post those pictures and I'm sure many others on here would benefit from it, too.

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 03:30 PM
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English:
http://www.farmersguardian.com/Pictu...rect_front.jpg
http://www.equiphys.com/gfx/articles...-knowledge.jpg

^^ For these, I believe there is suposed to be a channel of space going down the back.

Western:
http://talli.com/Used-western-saddles.jpg
http://equisearch.com/resources/expe...k_back_200.jpg

If you go here http://www.montanamountainhorse.com/saddlefitting_101/ and scroll all the way down, there are good examples of a good-fitting western saddle :) Plus a long article on it.

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 03:36 PM
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Liberty just posted a great post in another thread:
Saddle fit critique- PICS
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 05:49 PM
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^^ I just took a look at that, and yeah, I would totally mosey on over there and take a look! :)

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Funny you should post that question. Here is a series of picts that I took this morning of Boomer and how his saddle fits. It is adjustable rigging that I have set to 7/8.

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post #6 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Excellent, thanks so much! I've printed all pictures and info. :) The only saddle I have left is an ancient one my grandpa used. I'm going to try it on on Stella tonight and check the fit.

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That is a beautiful saddle, iride. What brand is it?

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Thank you! It's a Mastercraft by American Saddle called The Top Hand and is a heavy bugger. I added the stirrups separately and they have been on a few saddles that I've had. I love the way they feel, especially on a long ride.

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Never heard of it...

Those sturrips DO look very comfy ;)

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The Top Hand

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