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    02-10-2011, 02:18 AM
  #1
Foal
Thoroughbred Saddle Fit

I'm having issues fitting my new OTTB with a saddle. He has a typical thoroughbred shape - very pronounced withers, but also well-muscled shoulders. My current saddle is a Beval BZ Natural with a medium tree. It's not terrible, but I'm really picky about saddle fit and it seems like it's too wide for his withers, but too narrow for his shoulders.

Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you fix it? Ideally, I'd have a custom saddle made for him, but that's not in my budget. I normally don't like fixing saddle fit issues with pads, but it seems like that might be my only option for now.

Any suggestions?
     
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    02-10-2011, 02:39 AM
  #2
Weanling
I have a warmblood with high withers & large shoulders, I also have a hard time finding a saddle that fits. As it stands only my dressage saddle fits, but I still watch out to make sure his shoulders are not being pinched. Close contacts are a disaster - anything with forward cut flaps are a disaster actually. Lol not much advice in this, but I feel your pain! Hopefully we'll both get some useful advice from this thread! =)
     
    02-10-2011, 06:25 AM
  #3
Weanling
I could not get anything to fit my TB either. Her withers are high and she is so narrow! I got a saddle that stays away from her withers but it does not fit exactly perfect on her back. So I am using two risers to hopefully fix that.
     
    02-10-2011, 01:05 PM
  #4
Foal
Quote:
Close contacts are a disaster - anything with forward cut flaps are a disaster actually.
:( That's the kind of saddle I have! Lol I ride hunt seat ... At least I feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one with this problem!

What kind of pad(s) do you use? Right now I just use a standard AP saddle pad and a gel pad. I ordered a Roma sheepskin half pad to replace the gel pad, hoping the fact that it goes around his withers but not over his shoulder might help fill in the gap a little.
     
    02-10-2011, 01:57 PM
  #5
Started
Ignore this post, haha I totally read the OP wrong.

Good luck with your saddle fitting! ;)
     
    02-10-2011, 02:26 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by swmorsync    
:( That's the kind of saddle I have! Lol I ride hunt seat ... At least I feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one with this problem!

What kind of pad(s) do you use? Right now I just use a standard AP saddle pad and a gel pad. I ordered a Roma sheepskin half pad to replace the gel pad, hoping the fact that it goes around his withers but not over his shoulder might help fill in the gap a little.
For my dressage, I use a gel ride saddle pad with a normal dressage pad, although I still have to push the saddle back just a bit to give his shoulders room. I am trying to locate a thin line half pad to see if that helps before purchasing my own. I have only ridden in my close contact a few times in a normal half pad, which *slightly* reduced the pressure on his shoulders, but not enough for me to ride in it continually. I have yet to find a solution to those massive shoulders, which is preventing me from doing any jumping.
     
    03-12-2011, 02:45 AM
  #7
Foal
I Have for sale an older dressage saddle that might be of interest to you.
Its a Thoroughbred saddlery Luhmuhlen model probably 20 or so years old because they do not make them anymore and havnt for some time but it is in fantastic condition all it really could use is a little dye. Has never had nor needs any repairs. Its been used lightly, just has some fading. I would say its a narrow tree, but its not super narrow but more so than a medium tree. Its made specifically just for thoroughbreds. Its a 17.5 inch seat(runs a little small IMO). Im asking 350 for it, there are some on ebay for 500 that have had repairs done on them so I think its a good deal, I just need a saddle that is a little bit wider for my horse cause its just not the best fit. She's QH/TB so she's a little too wide. Its very comfortable, made exceptionally well, soft strong leather, well taken care of and very well balanced. It has wide panels underneath it, cutback pommel and a round gullet and lots of clearance for the spine. If your at all interested it is listed in the tack section and I can email you more pics. I love it but it doesn't fit my horse now and if it can help someone else then I would part with it so I can get one that does.
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    03-12-2011, 03:15 AM
  #8
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Very pretty saddle. Looks a lot like a Passier; narrow twist and straight drop of leg.
     
    03-12-2011, 09:02 PM
  #9
Trained
Exactly the sort of saddle I was about to mention!!!! With high withers, it's a good idea to try and find something with a cut back pommel which gives the wither clearance without sitting on top of it. Also as others have said, a straight drop of leg is ideal to give the shoulders room to move, the saddle (dressage saddles in particular) should sit just behind the shoulder as not to restrict it's movement.
     
    03-21-2011, 03:13 AM
  #10
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by swmorsync    
I'm having issues fitting my new OTTB with a saddle. He has a typical thoroughbred shape - very pronounced withers, but also well-muscled shoulders. My current saddle is a Beval BZ Natural with a medium tree. It's not terrible, but I'm really picky about saddle fit and it seems like it's too wide for his withers, but too narrow for his shoulders.

Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you fix it? Ideally, I'd have a custom saddle made for him, but that's not in my budget. I normally don't like fixing saddle fit issues with pads, but it seems like that might be my only option for now.

Any suggestions?
I have TB same build and had to go with a custom Devoucoux saddle because he has muscled shoulders but slight dip behind them and withered so had to have panels built up for behind the shoulders to keep saddle level and prevent rocking and pressing into shoulders. Saddle is super pricey but fits him like a glove and fixed back issues he was having with previous saddle (pessoa) which had flat pancake panels.
     

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