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        11-28-2008, 01:14 AM
      #11
    Zab
    Yearling
    Off topic... but I'm so happy I have a good treeless saddle.. xD
    They have to fit too but it's way easier to check and find one that does. X)
    (except those treeless that just looks like aweird pillow on the orses back and you need special pads under them..I don't like them they're not safe..>_>)
    Ok..end of offf topicness x)
         
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        11-28-2008, 12:35 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Lol, I agree, the is a private owner at the stable that has one. I like it, can't aford it though
         
        11-28-2008, 01:02 PM
      #13
    Zab
    Yearling
    I had a cheap, pillow like first.. >_> supposed to fit all horses..riight. It shattered my wrist and then I stopped trusting treeless..
    I had to re-think when my (then new) instructor insisted on riding him with her treelees, after making sure it fit him. It looked like a real saddle at least :P I was hesitant in the start when I tried it, nervous it would slide around like the other one.. but it didn't and it was so comfy..
    So when she sold it I bought it, and now I'm waiting for a new one (model) that's having its first prototype done right now :)

    *spams with photo of my treeless ''spanish'' school saddle* It's a bit too far on the withers in that pic tho..
         
        11-29-2008, 04:30 PM
      #14
    Foal
    One more thing to check, look at the width of the gullet, the space between the padded underpanels, at the rear of the saddle. On some saddles you can only fit 2 fingers between the panels, and you may find this is too narrow for your horse - it depends how he is built. This area can pinch the spine when you make a turn or circle. I prefer a saddle to have 3 or 4 fingers width between the panels back there, now. My old saddle was very narrow and my mare was uncomfortable.
         
        11-30-2008, 05:59 AM
      #15
    Zab
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fox Hollow Deb    
    one more thing to check, look at the width of the gullet, the space between the padded underpanels, at the rear of the saddle. On some saddles you can only fit 2 fingers between the panels, and you may find this is too narrow for your horse - it depends how he is built. This area can pinch the spine when you make a turn or circle. I prefer a saddle to have 3 or 4 fingers width between the panels back there, now. My old saddle was very narrow and my mare was uncomfortable.
    (I think I did say that :P But it's important so it can be said again x)
         
        12-01-2008, 03:44 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Another good way of seeing if the saddle is a good fit is to ride in the saddle using a saddle blanket/pad underneath. When you take the saddle off, look at the saddle pad. There will be an imprint of the saddle from the horse's sweat on the pad. The damp patch should be uniform; if there is an area that is damper than elsewhere, or drier than elsewhere, the saddle does not fit. Also, consider a saddle with short rather than long girth points. Long girth points can add extra stress/strain to the horse's back, ribs and girth area, and you will find that horses that are ridden in saddles with long girth points tend to suffer more girth problems than horses ridden in saddles with short girth points. This is an observation though, not a hard and fast rule.

    Lovely that your trainer has done a seminar/demonstration on saddle fitting, but then so have I, and I certainly wouldn't call myself an expert. The only true saddle fitting experts are the guys who make the saddles. Would you trust your car's mechanics to someone who has 'attended a seminar', or someone who has served his/her apprenticeship and is fully qualified?
         

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