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  • Proper western saddle position
  • Western saddle fits heavy in the front

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    03-03-2012, 11:33 PM
In the pictures below the saddle IS CINCHED!

While I'm not big at all on saddle pad corrections, do you think a saddle pad built up in the front might help? <-I would just worry about pinching. Or some kind of orthopedic pad? This saddle was $286.27 leaving me plenty of extra money to buy a really nice saddle pad. Because as you can see the one's I have now aren't anything special and probably don't do my horses any favors. Just saying, I want to find a saddle that fits her PERFECTLY though. Or as close as I can get, I don't care if it is $500 (my maxx). Just asking about the pad. This is my 5th saddle so far, so I don't have any problems with taking it back and continuing my search.

Another idea, do you think if the rigging was back it'd be better? It seems if it was back just a little bit further it wouldn't pull the front down.

(I forgot to take a picture of her wither clearance with the saddle cinched! It was getting dark! She still had a lot of clearance though 2 1/2 - 3 fingers. I will take some tomorrow because I have it all weekend!)

The pictures of it sitting on the trunk, the truck is completely level. (excuse my muddy boots) haha

**Note** The picture you see with my 4 fingers under the back of the saddle is when her head is down in grazing position. Would a well fitted saddle do that?
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    03-03-2012, 11:38 PM
Ooh, I just saw I got a couple replies it between posting pictures! I will reply in a little bit! Dinner is ready! :)
    03-03-2012, 11:44 PM
Now I'm jealous! I have to cook dinner as I am fending for myself tonight and I think its going to be left overs or else cereal again!
    03-04-2012, 12:02 AM
Originally Posted by Shananigan    
Hey! I know no one has replied yet, but I found these three videos on youtube.com about saddle fitting!!! Most saddle fitting guides you find are with English saddles (or so I have found). But these three use western saddles!

I like this set of videos because they show you with a western saddle TREE, without all the leather and such. That way you can see exactly how they sit (or at least should).

Saddle Fit University Part 1

-has a few good points in this video with terms and explaining how the tree works. Bare with it, they are advertising their brand of saddle!

Saddle Fit University Part 2

-has A LOT of good information! I love it! Answers a lot of question or things you may not be clear on. I love their rigging too -what a good idea! Adjustable!

****Not associated with the videos above.****
Western Saddle Fit -Great Information!!!

-little more slow paced, has some good information. Mentions a pocket behind the shoulder blade associated with older horses or horses who aren't in shape.

After watching these it says that lifting in the back of the saddle means it's too narrow? But this saddle actually didn't seem narrow for her. I don't feel pinching in the shoulder. I'm thinking it has too much "rock in the tree" as mentioned. That could be why even when the back rocks up it still sits relatively even?
Great videos very helpful thank you for sharing
    03-04-2012, 12:04 AM
Very helpful
    03-04-2012, 12:22 AM
It sits down in the front...

I don't know what your budget is for a saddle, what brands are you looking at?
My budget is $500 max. I haven't been looking at any particular brands. Just been stopping by the local consignment shops and trying out saddles that look like they may fit right.

It seems like all the saddles I have tried on her sit down in the front. From too wide saddles - too narrow. (I think the last saddle had too much rock and was a little narrow after looking at this saddle). This is what is making me think the rigging is too far forward. What do you think?

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.
Thank you! I will try this tomorrow! I will try to work her into a sweat tomorrow, but I can't really go for a huge ride because due to weather my arena is unusable and I haven't taken her on a trail ride yet. (As soon as I find a proper fitting saddle that's what I am going to work on.) I think she'll do great on the trail, I have done tons of ponying with her and she is level headed. But she hasn't been out in a while too ect... I know -no bueno!

Now I'm jealous! I have to cook dinner as I am fending for myself tonight and I think its going to be left overs or else cereal again!
Hehe my dad made dinner tonight so that I could ask your guys opinions!
    03-04-2012, 12:23 AM
You're welcome Country Woman! I'm glad you liked them, I found them helpful as well!! :)

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