Originally Posted by Goosey
So get a saddle custom made? My mare is only young so is going to change shape a lot more and fill out more. It does suck, but you can always re sell the saddle
I've found my mare needs a wider style saddle so that's why I was thinking of the Bates saddle
No, that's not what I meant :) I meant get the saddle fitter to find a saddle that is comfy for you and your mare. Why spend all that money if it doesn't work for one of you?
Some people find Wintec jump saddles super comfy and they fit their horses well, some like bates elevations, but they won't fit the horse, a southern stars saddle may fit the horse amazingly but the rider my find it is super uncomfy.
Personally, I like the bates momentum, but it won't fit my horse properly, so when I buy a new saddle I am going to get an elevation. It fits both me (seat wise, good for my lower leg, comfy-etc) and my horse.
We have an amazing fitter out here that doesn't actually sell saddles, she just fits them. She has a range of different makes, sizes and models that she can bring to your place and let's you try them out. She will tell you if a saddle you are thinking of getting will work for your horse or not too. Worth her weight in gold that one!!
If your mare is young though, I would be leaning towards anything with a gullet system so it can be easily altered to accommodate her when she changes shape... And I love bates saddles :) Posted via Mobile Device