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post #11 of 13 Old 10-05-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Okay here are the updated pictures of the me they look completely different - the one titled 'thorowgood wither tracing' is from the trace of the saddle, the other one is my tracing of my horse's wither (I did it 3 times just to be sure I had the right angle). The sales rep reminded me that there is 3-4 inch wither clearance on the saddle. Can you let me know what you think of the tracings and how they compare? This is the older broadback model so it only comes with the fish inserts and the saddle is already wide. To me it looks like it would need to be wider to fit, but maybe it's just the angles we took the tracing.
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-05-2013, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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My other picture was in portrait so for a better comparison here it is in landscape :

Please let me know what you think.... I am new to picking saddles for horses.
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Okay – first I’ll have to make some assumptions (1) that your template(s) were taken two inches back from the rear of the horse’s shoulder blade and (2) that she’s muscled in this area with little fat. There’s usually some fat, and if so you have to press the wire or flexicurve you’re using in sharply on both sides to get a truer shape.

Given that, from your three-template page she’s at least an extra-wide, and probably wider (XW + ) so I think you’d really need an XXW and some flocking to get a correct fit. However, if she carries fat over the muscle your templates could be giving a slightly untrue reading, in which case an XW might do it, especially if she drops weight seasonally. I realise that’s a bit vague but I think it helps to know what sort of things can affect fit. And unfortunately there’s a lot of them L

As far as the saddle ‘template’ is concerned, it’s not much use. It needs to follow the angles of the tree points to be any help, which it doesn’t - it looks like it follows the arch and the panels.

And the ‘3” wither clearance’ is a very general Thorowgood guide because of the way their panels are made. Because they’re quite deep and the flocking quite puffy (though not very dense) they tend to sit pommel-high when first put on and settle quickly over a few hours riding. I tend to mostly ignore it, but then I flock the saddles to fit anyway, so it doesn’t really affect me.

So to summarise, I’m afraid a Wide saddle won’t fit your horse – you need at least an XW. I hope you can follow the explanation, but if anything’s not clear let me know.

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