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post #11 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 12:46 PM
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Buy locally and from a store that will take returns if the tack does not fit!!!!!
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 01:36 PM
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Exactly Dustbunny! Find a local consignment store (the used tack tends to be cheaper than brand new) and make sure they have a "try before you buy" program.
No kidding, most of us have been through at least 5 saddles before finding that one that fits both your horse and you. Some people are still looking!
Also, as your horse matures, gains weight / muscle mass you may find that your perfect saddle no longer fits. It's an ongoing thing but so very important. I'm sure you've noticed on many of the forum posts, the first thing other people ask is "is your horse in pain, does your saddle fit right?" when trying to assess a behavior or training problem.
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post #13 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 02:43 PM
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If i end up getting online how do i know what size i need. When i get a horse...
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You'd have to have a general idea of your horse's size already. In my case I already had gone through saddle shopping and fitting for my primary (dressage) saddle so I knew my horse was a MW in most brands. As far as whether the panels fit the shape if the horse it's impossible to tell without trying it on. But I was aware if this and was willing to resell it if it didn't work. Not something I'd do if I weren't fairly certain I could sell it at the same price or higher.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Dustbunny View Post
Buy locally and from a store that will take returns if the tack does not fit!!!!!
I wish that everyone had this luxury... it's often easier said than done. There's only one English tack shop remotely near my area, and it's over an hour away. They only have a very limited number of very high end saddles anyway The only place in the city with consignment saddles is a feed store that is strictly western.

If you're in a similar situation then I would ask around you and see who has saddles that you can borrow to try on the horse as well as yourself (If you don't know what you want). Take note of the brand/model as well as the tree size when you get an idea of how it fits. Find someone around you that is knowledgeable about saddle fit to help you determine what works and what doesn't. Armed with this knowledge you will have a much easier time buying something that will fit. Much less likely to have to resell or return!!
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 04:01 PM
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^^ This.

And if you end up buying online, only buy one that offers a trial period. Or ask if you can have a trial period to check for fit. You'd still be stuck with shipping both ways.

Also be aware that when shopping online, many sellers don't know the tree or seat size at all, and many list the wrong tree and seat size. Once you know what you need, you'll need to be asking question to verify that they've measure the seat correctly and that they've either gotten the tree size from the information stamped onto the saddle or by measuring the angle between tree points or that they can give you a picture of the tracing of the tree angle.
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 04:13 PM
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Altho no pics I can tell you that the metal that bridges the withers, Pommel had a major crack not quite all the way from front to back top dead center. The metal in both points had cracks and the metal had three or four air bubbles. The wood seat had cracked where it joined the wood. The small hardware, nails mainly was of the poorest quality which meant rusted. Everything about the high end was quality. It too had broken where the metal joined the wood but after 50 years of hard work it didn't owe anyone. Now I will give the Asian saddle credit for decent leather which would be a major selling point to the unknowing.
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