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post #11 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 06:25 PM
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I have to find a saddle to fit my ample backside and my extremely wide Haflinger mare, all on a tight budget, as ever. Nothing I have here goes close to fitting her, and I can't start her saddle work unless I can find something.

Long term I was considering a Duett, but I want to get her going now, I have seen a Thorowgood Cob XXW advertised, and it's an 18" seat. It is described as 'as new' and looks like it if plenty wide enough for her, although as ever it's not until you get it on her back you really know about fit.

While I recognize the name Thorowgood, I really don't know anything about them, good bad indifferent? Do they run large, small or true in seat size??

I'm also struggling to find many advertised for sale to see if this saddle is at the right price or not.

Any information or experiences gratefully listened to.
Do not get a thorowgood!!! They are synthetic and feel like you are sittin on a brick! You don't move well with your horse andthey do notbreak in.
I sold mine after justbuying it. I bought a demo model duett rondo and fits like a glove and well made real leather.
If you fit 16.5 seat or less then get a crosby house walsall riding academy cobpony saddle it is real leather and is short with wide panels.
Don't get synthetic it is so uncomfortabe for youandyour horsesback.
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Do not get a thorowgood!!! They are synthetic and feel like you are sittin on a brick! You don't move well with your horse andthey do notbreak in.
I sold mine after justbuying it. I bought a demo model duett rondo and fits like a glove and well made real leather.
If you fit 16.5 seat or less then get a crosby house walsall riding academy cobpony saddle it is real leather and is short with wide panels.
Don't get synthetic it is so uncomfortabe for youandyour horsesback.
I actually find mine very comfy. I like that I don't have to worry about getting stuck in the rain since it's not leather, and it's very light weight which is good for the horse on long trail rides.

OP they seem to run large. I ordered a 17.5 and could have easily gone with a 16.5. I've got flap to spare.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 06:45 PM
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No to bareback though, madam has a buck in her
Oh, c'mon! THAT will add some fan to riding, won't it?

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post #14 of 19 Old 07-05-2011, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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if you fit 16.5 seat or less then get a crosby house walsall riding academy cobpony saddle it is real leather and is short with wide panels.
Don't get synthetic it is so uncomfortabe for youandyour horsesback.
Err no not 16.5" or less, I wish!! I haven't had much experience with English synthetics, but I ended up loving my Abetta western saddle, after hating it at first. There are advantages to synthetic, especially for starting youngsters.

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Oh, c'mon! THAT will add some fan to riding, won't it?
Tell you what you come and have fun, I'll have the video camera ready
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dont get synthetic it is so uncomfortabe for youandyour horsesback.
What is so wrong with synthetic? Plenty of people ride (and even show) in synthetic saddles (Wintec comes to my mind immediately besides the Thorowgood). They are easy in maintenance plus not everyone can afford a nice leather saddle.

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Tell you what you come and have fun, I'll have the video camera ready
Well... IF you wouldn't be in Canada....

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What is so wrong with synthetic? Plenty of people ride (and even show) in synthetic saddles (Wintec comes to my mind immediately besides the Thorowgood). They are easy in maintenance plus not everyone can afford a nice leather saddle.
On balance I think that one of the better synthetics are a better bet than a cheapy leather. Finding something that fits your horse, and you is the most important.

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Well... IF you wouldn't be in Canada....
Well if the USA would let me I would move south in a heartbeat, I would love to live somewhere that isn't frozen for 8 months of the year, and full of bugs for the other 4
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I would love to live somewhere that isn't frozen for 8 months of the year, and full of bugs for the other 4
I spent number of years actually in such place... Was very happy when moved to MD (although I have to say when we have 90+ F + 100% humidity I'm missing cold summer)...

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AGHHH

I'm now watching a load on ebay, they are readily available in the UK it seems. Why is it that your second best choice is always the one that is finishing first
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