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post #1 of 8 Old 04-17-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hi! So I am looking for a bit of extra insight!

I'm a multi-disciplined rider leaning more towards dressage and hunters. In the english disciplines I know saddle fit can be very precise. Some of my friends get their saddles readjusted once or twice a year to keep a good fit as the horse muscles/slow work/more work/ growing ect.

I don't know as much about western saddle fit other then the usual sqhb/fqhb gullet size and all that. I bought a roping saddle recently that is really well made and was used on a roping QH it measures about 7in in the gullet like it should.

Here is the thing. I bought the saddle bc I am going to be a wrangler on a dude ranch this summer hence throwing my saddle up on all different horses.

Is padding up and down a practical solution? How can I test for proper fit for each individual horse? I know I don't want to block the shoulder or come down on the spine or back but I'm never sure if its too tight or not when I push my hand under the saddle through the shoulder. I'm a bit confused when it feels tighter in the shoulder but comes down low on the withers like its too wide. Is that just bc it's laying too low on the shoulder and I need more padding to fill it out and sit it up higher? I'd love to hear what any of you suggest and any tips you may have Thanks
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As you can see, the angles of the bars change on a Full QH Bar Verses a Semi-QH bar. The Sample Horse is the Same size build in both drawings.

To check for proper fit, you want 85% of the Bar to fit flush on the Horse, test by setting saddle on the Horse without a pad and using a flat hand push your fingertips in from the front of the Saddle and see if the Top and Bottom of the Bar are producing equal pressure, if not the bar is wrong for the Horse

Padding up or down does not work.

If you ride Multiple Horses and they have similar builds you are OK.
Many Multipurpose Saddles like Ranch and Wade Saddle have a Reg-QH Bar which has an Angle half way in-between the Full and Semi Bars, thus a better chance of fitting multiple Horse.

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ditto to what S trails said...you wouldn't pad up of down for an English saddle would you? Same goes for western..it doesn't work. You will leave the horses sore.
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I will ride in another saddle if the fit is way off. I am talking about slight fit adjustments. Just like in hunters people use riser pads, def not a good permeant solution but it gets you by for the time being.

I'm just trying to become more knowledgable about fitting the saddle correctly, figuring out what is doable. If a fit is slightly off can I make it comfortable with padding? Knowing where the extra padding is needed and so on.

These horses will be going on trail rides not working in an arena if that makes any difference.

Also, I've been thinking of buying a CSI pad. I tried the pressure test at an expo and it was amazing. They are expensive but I thought maybe it would be a good choice for the ranch. Anyone recommend them?

Thanks Kevin for then visual :)
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I think if we are talking about 1/4 of an inch its doable. But if you have a horse that requires semi and you are putting full bars, instead of regular bars you may have a problem. (semi 6 1/2, regular 6 3/4, full 7 inches) I have tried the CSI test as well and was pretty impressed!
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I will ride in another saddle if the fit is way off. I am talking about slight fit adjustments. Just like in hunters people use riser pads, def not a good permeant solution but it gets you by for the time being.
You have the right idea, IMO.

As far as pads go, having a decent blanket pad and a thicker one will probably get you through the season okay. Since you'll most often be riding one horse for several rides and most likely 7 hours or more, please stay away from gel pads.
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Many Multipurpose Saddles like Ranch and Wade Saddle have a Reg-QH Bar which has an Angle half way in-between the Full and Semi Bars, thus a better chance of fitting multiple Horses.
^^^I agree, with these types of saddles it is easier to adjust fit with pad and blanket combinations.
Since you will be wrangling dudes and most likely riding the same horse for a portion of the day rather than riding 10 in one day like if you were riding for a trainer I would suggest a wade or ranch style saddle. I think you will feel the difference as well. And like boots said, I don't like the gel pads either.
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I worked as a Wrangler at a dude ranch a couple summers ago :)

Most ranches have a plethora of saddles available for both wranglers and dudes (customers). At the ranch I worked at, there was an assigned saddle for each horse (there were 35+) and some odd sized either for very large or very small riders. The Wranglers all rode the same 2 or 3 horses- wrangle horses, so you should only be fitting your saddle to 3 different horses at max.

Hope that helps :)
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