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    04-02-2008, 11:35 AM
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Western saddle fit **Pictures**

I took some photos of Sonny with the saddle on (no saddle pad) and got different views. My trainer said it fit, but just thought I might as well get a section opinion.

NOTE: This is NOT the saddle I'm going to be buying...it's one of the barn owners saddles that has the same size tree as the one I want to get.






^^Could fit 4 fingers when the cinch wasn't tighted...and 2 when it was (the two was with a saddle pad though)











     
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    04-06-2008, 08:21 PM
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No one? I'd really like to know due to I'm actually thinking of buying that saddle instead of the new one
     
    04-07-2008, 09:30 AM
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Is that an Abetta? What are you planning on doing in this saddle?
I think it looks fine as far as fit. Maybe a little on the big side but not by much. Can you use it for awhile to check the sweat marks?
     
    04-07-2008, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Is that an Abetta? What are you planning on doing in this saddle?
I think it looks fine as far as fit. Maybe a little on the big side but not by much. Can you use it for awhile to check the sweat marks?
I am not sure of the brand, I believe it is...but can't say 100% if it is.
I am planning on doing mostly pleasure riding and trails with it.

It is synthetic so it looks like the back raises off his back...but the material is more just bent a bit and stuck that way.

How do I check sweat marks? Yes I can use it for a while for I'm going to be buying it off my barn owner.

It seems to fit and Sonny responds great to it. Only thing I have problems doing with it is leg yielding...but we haven't worked on that in a while either though haha
     
    04-07-2008, 08:38 PM
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After you have ridden for awhile, take the saddle off and check for dry spots. There should be a dry line down the center of his back. If not the saddle is sitting on his spine. Be sure you are lifting the saddle pad up into the gullet when tacking up. I occasionally get dry spots with my saddle just behind the shoulder but I've never gotten white hairs so I don't worry too much about them. I would worry if it was sitting on her spine though.
If he seems ok with it I wouldn't worry too much. The reason I commented on the Abetta is I have found the get very uncomfortable on a long trail ride. I have 2 of them and they're ok for a short ride but anything over a few hours can be hard on the ol butt I think if you put a cashel pad on it that might improve the comfort level.
     
    04-07-2008, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
After you have ridden for awhile, take the saddle off and check for dry spots. There should be a dry line down the center of his back. If not the saddle is sitting on his spine. Be sure you are lifting the saddle pad up into the gullet when tacking up. I occasionally get dry spots with my saddle just behind the shoulder but I've never gotten white hairs so I don't worry too much about them. I would worry if it was sitting on her spine though.
If he seems ok with it I wouldn't worry too much. The reason I commented on the Abetta is I have found the get very uncomfortable on a long trail ride. I have 2 of them and they're ok for a short ride but anything over a few hours can be hard on the ol butt I think if you put a cashel pad on it that might improve the comfort level.
he doesn't sweat at all on his back...never has even with all the saddles I've tried. Even if I get him into a good sweat he'll be warm to the touch, but not sweating on his back.

I have ridden in that saddle for a while and have done a good 2 hour trail ride with it. It can get uncomfortable a little bit, but nothing that bad. I rode in it for a good 3 hours today and I'm fine. I will get a pad mainly to protect the swayed leather on the seat.

He actually listens better in that western saddle than he does with the English saddle I used to use. I'm sure if it bothered he'd let me know cause he's a big baby
     
    04-07-2008, 09:04 PM
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Must be my old butt
     
    04-07-2008, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Must be my old butt
the seat itself isn't uncomfortable...it's the side of the seat (i'm sure there's a real term for it). It can dig into your leg after a while, but it's not too bad. With a pad it will be better
     
    04-08-2008, 05:34 PM
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It looks like a good fit.

You can also measure your horses back with a bendable sturdy wire that holds a shape well. I use a coat hanger. Or you can use soldering wire. (Make sure your horse knows it won't "bite" :) )

Measure at the withers (bend the wire to form an A/arc over the areas) where the front of the saddle would normally sit and down until you get to where a saddle should stop. Each time you measure place the newly shaped wire into the underside of the saddle at the exact points the saddle will rest on your horses back.

If the wire has to be much narrower or wider, the saddle might not be a good fit.
     

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