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    08-07-2012, 10:57 PM
Talking Willow new saddle, and another short back long saddle question

Another try at saddle fitting with Willow, I'm happier with this, and as a bonus it is a Collegiate, and I have a full set of gullets so I can change as needed, feedback on this one

And the sweat mark after lungeing

And now the Thornhill on Emmy, who is solid enough for it, but she is shorter backed than Willow, so what do you think?

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    08-08-2012, 10:55 AM
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    08-08-2012, 11:03 AM
The Thornhill looks to be the right width, but I'm not crazy about the shape of the rear panel for her. It looks like it might dig in there/bridge in the middle with a rider's weight. I think, though, that you've got it positioned too far forward and it's interfering with her shoulder. When it's back far enough, I suspect it's going to be too long for her back.
    08-08-2012, 11:31 AM
Collegiate looks pretty good although I wonder if it's a little too narrow. Thornhill looks much better on Emmy than on other horses you posted.

GH, not to be a pain in a rear, but do you have fitters in your area? May be when you'll set you want to call one out. Because sometime adding/removing flocking can help with the better fit.
    08-08-2012, 11:47 AM

I live in Sask, which is the far side of the back of beyond, Tack stores are few and far between, those of us who choose to ride English are a strange breed that are grudgingly given a corner, or preferably a back room, away from the *proper* tack.

I will have to get back on the local boards and see if there is someone about, last time I asked there was someone who knew of someone.......the nearest direct hit I got was 4 hours away!
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    08-08-2012, 12:01 PM
Yeah, unless you are very lucky you most probably don't have one around then.
    08-08-2012, 12:30 PM
Keep asking around, and check with other local equine professionals. My equine massage therapist is a terrific saddle fitter, but does not advertise herself as such.
    08-08-2012, 12:31 PM
I once asked a tack store in Tucson if they had any English saddles. The guy looked at me with an expression that indicated I probably engaged in bestiality, then led me to a back room that would have qualified as a saddle museum. I doubt there was a saddle in the room under 50 years, and most had gone at least 40 without being touched by oil. I was afraid to touch anything lest it crumble into dust...

What would I do without the Internet?!
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    08-10-2012, 09:49 PM
I can just see that bsms.

Good news, I have found a fitter who will travel and if I can line up a few of us then she will waive her travel fee!
    08-10-2012, 10:22 PM
The saddle in the first pic isn't sitting right. The second, the Thornhill is much better. You probably won't get any better than that unless you blow $3000 on a saddle.

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