When to get a saddle fit?

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    06-22-2012, 01:13 PM
When to get a saddle fit?

I bought my first horse, Garzo, just about three months ago now. I've been using an old Wintec Pro Dressage with him, which doesn't belong to me. It's been on a "permanent loan" to me for a few years now, and I've been pretty happy using it on the horses that I've leased, but have always planned on getting a nicer saddle once I actually bought a horse.

Garzo was a little underweight and undermuscled when I got him. I've noticed lots of change in his topline since I got him, and the Wintec fits him better now than it did when I first put it on him (in fact I was just recently able to stop using the fleece pad that I originally needed to fill in the hollows by his withers) Overall, it's an OK fit for both us of, but not great.

A few other people at the barn are arranging to have a saddle fitter come out sometime in the next few weeks, and I'm wondering if it's still too early to get him fit for a saddle. I was originally thinking I would get him fit ~6 months after I got him to allow for the re-muscling, but I there's no particular reason I chose that time frame.

The saddle fitter is offering to drop the barn call fee (nearly $50) since there are several of us.

What do you guys think? Should I hold off a few more months? I think that what I want might take a while to find anyway (dressage saddle with narrow twist, knee blocks and short flaps), so maybe I should get started looking now even if he still might change a little?

Here's a "then and now" picture comparison so you can see the degree of the change so far.
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    06-23-2012, 12:55 AM
Well if the saddle fitter is coming out anyway you could always have them take a look, explain that you want him to muscle up a little bit more, and see what they recommend.

Another thing is to ask about the changeable gullet systems a lot of brands have now. I know Wintec has one, and while it isn't as efficient as some I have heard good things about it. That way all you have to worry about is tree size, which shouldn't change much even if he puts on some more muscle.
    06-23-2012, 12:58 AM
Well when my horse gained weight from being a 2.. his saddle fit him much better so it's good to have them out to check the saddle fit when they change condition as you have there.

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