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    03-01-2012, 09:09 PM
  #11
Foal
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I agree with jumanji, however she does appear to be a little flat backed which would explain the saddle pictured having too much rock in the tree....IMO :)
What do you think about the new pictures? :) And may I ask, I see this used all the time and I can't figure it out. What exactly does "IMO" stand for?
     
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    03-01-2012, 09:21 PM
  #12
Foal
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I keep hoping someone that knows better than me would jump in here..lol

Her back has changed from the first set of pic posted, and she looks a little higher in the ass than the front, I would guess that your saddle would have tendency to slide forward up onto her shoulders or look down hill...again just my opinion
Haha it's okay, I appreciate your help!

Yes, I noticed this too when looking at them! I believe she is going through another growth spurt. Her butt gets higher, then her front end catches up. She's not quite as tall as her parents yet, so I'm sure she'll even up. So with that being said should I even be finding her a saddle yet? Cause one that fits her now might now fit her this summer when she gets even again.
     
    03-01-2012, 09:33 PM
  #13
Green Broke
IMO..in my opinion :)

LOl. You are getting in uncharted territory for me, I would think if she is not done quite growing yet than her back is going to change more. And in my experience backs change with riding and work as well. I really don't know what to tell you, maybe find a saddle that will work for now and if it comes time that it doesn't fit maybe you can sell it and find one that works as you go. But I think the best would be to get with a good saddle maker in your area and her evaluated. He could be a better judge maybe find something that could work now or later with changing of pads?(I hate saying that)
     
    03-01-2012, 09:38 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I hit post before I was ready

I am used to having a few saddles to choose from and then find the best one that works maybe a tweak with a different pad and/or blanket combo. I realize if you have to pad to compensate it isn't ideal but I would rather do that than not at all. And I haven't sored anything yet with the good saddles I have. I have quite the assortment of good and pads and blankets...so take my advice for what its worth..free lol
     
    03-01-2012, 09:41 PM
  #15
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I agree with jumanji, however she does appear to be a little flat backed which would explain the saddle pictured having too much rock in the tree....IMO :)

I agree . She has a flat back and many , if not most , saddles will have a rocker effect. An arab tree might be best, I think they are more often flat backed, but correct me if I am wrong. They are certainly short, which is somethng you wanted.
     
    03-01-2012, 10:42 PM
  #16
Foal
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IMO..in my opinion :)

LOl. You are getting in uncharted territory for me, I would think if she is not done quite growing yet than her back is going to change more. And in my experience backs change with riding and work as well. I really don't know what to tell you, maybe find a saddle that will work for now and if it comes time that it doesn't fit maybe you can sell it and find one that works as you go. But I think the best would be to get with a good saddle maker in your area and her evaluated. He could be a better judge maybe find something that could work now or later with changing of pads?(I hate saying that)


I am used to having a few saddles to choose from and then find the best one that works maybe a tweak with a different pad and/or blanket combo. I realize if you have to pad to compensate it isn't ideal but I would rather do that than not at all. And I haven't sored anything yet with the good saddles I have. I have quite the assortment of good and pads and blankets...so take my advice for what its worth..free lol
Haha thank you for clearing that up about "IMO"! I do know of a saddle maker in a close town, I may even have an inside hook up through a friend. Kind of a friend of a friend deal. Not 100% though. It's okay, I really appreciate your advice! Whatever (if any) money I have left over I think the next thing I'll be getting is a quality saddle pad!

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I agree . She has a flat back and many , if not most , saddles will have a rocker effect. An arab tree might be best, I think they are more often flat backed, but correct me if I am wrong. They are certainly short, which is somethng you wanted.
Well, her mom is a 100% pure bred arabian. Sooo, this may explain things. I see what you are saying though, with such a flat back most saddles out there are going to be geared for something with more of a sway. Which really I'm not sure I can fix with pads. Oh boy! This is going to be much harder than I originally thought! I am grateful to the HF though, because without you guys I probably would still be very naive to a proper saddle fit!!! I'm sure Sasha thanks you too!
     
    03-01-2012, 11:00 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Good luck! Keep us posted!
     
    03-03-2012, 11:10 PM
  #18
Foal
Alright!! I got another one!! Lol I took the first saddle back today, and on my way home I stopped by another saddle shop! I found the saddle pictured below!

I really like it! It seems to sit down on her back better! It doesn't feel like it pinches her shoulder -even when cinched down. She has good wither clearance! I feel comfortable sitting in it :) My only problem in, when I cinch it down the front seems to sit lower again. I don't know if it's because right now she is going through a growth spurt and is built "down hill" again? (look above for pictures of her back). What do you think? It's not too long right? Shouldn't interfere with her hind end movement?

**Note** In the pictures below, the saddle is NOT CINCHED!
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    03-03-2012, 11:18 PM
  #19
Green Broke
It sits down in the front...

I don't know what your budget is for a saddle, what brands are you looking at?
     
    03-03-2012, 11:31 PM
  #20
Foal
I think the second saddle fits her better but does look like it may have been laid on the ground for a bit judging by the skirts. It not a huge deal they will shape down as you use it that's for sure. I agree whith cowchick that it appears to be set down a bit in the front but it could just be an optical illusion in the picture. One way you can check the fit of a saddle is to throw it on your horse with no pad and then push down on the horn and cantle to see if it has any rocking from front to back. If it rocks a bunch then you know it probably has to much rocker in the bars and most of the pressure is applied on a small area. If you have no rock to the saddle make sure that it isn't just ridding on the front and back points of the bars. Ideally you should have a very slight rock(maybe 3/8").
I would say cinch it down and take it out on a good ride and look at the sweat marks after to see if there are any large dry spots.

If this saddle doesn't work I would try and go to a store that has a bunch of saddles and try a bunch on to see what style fits best.

Good luck.
     

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