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  • Easy change riser system review
  • What size gullet for new style down hill horses

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    08-02-2012, 08:47 AM
  #21
Trained
With that much padding, every saddle I own would slip somewhere. You need some padding in the front until you change the gullet...but that is about an 8-10 inch wide pad to fill in the difference between your saddle and the horse's shoulders. The riser pad NeuroticMare suggested has maybe an extra 0.5" of padding in the front. It doesn't take much.

If it takes more than that, you need a different saddle.

You can also try a different material for the saddle blanket you started with. Some of the English-style blankets are slick as snot on a doorknob.
     
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    08-02-2012, 11:44 AM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by bsms    
With that much padding, every saddle I own would slip somewhere. You need some padding in the front until you change the gullet...but that is about an 8-10 inch wide pad to fill in the difference between your saddle and the horse's shoulders. The riser pad NeuroticMare suggested has maybe an extra 0.5" of padding in the front. It doesn't take much.

If it takes more than that, you need a different saddle.

You can also try a different material for the saddle blanket you started with. Some of the English-style blankets are slick as snot on a doorknob.
Well its not that much padding, I think I had to put the sheepskin underneath, since the gullet is too wide...
Maybe I can put an old foam material only under the front part of the saddle?
I don't really like riding with these in-between-pads, I don't feel the horse under me. When it goes, I ride only with classic thin cotton pad (the full pad of violet on her-it may seem thick, but it is like 1cm thick... The sheep will go away as soon as she gets the right gullet.

I also read about the wintec riser system-putting some risers into the saddle-But unfortunately I cannot find the risers in any shop in czech rep....
     
    08-09-2012, 07:17 AM
  #23
Foal
This is after jumping some small umps :)
     
    08-09-2012, 05:11 PM
  #24
Weanling
I would still say the front of the saddle needs some lift - the pommel still looks low compared to the cantle. But looking much better, so moving in the right direction! (:
     
    08-09-2012, 05:42 PM
  #25
Foal
Yeah, on tuesday I will finally get the right gullet size and a woman from a saddle store will come over to check it out- and give me tips which correction pad to use. I don't like using them, but unfortunately I cannot find a Easy change Riser system anywhere in Czech, so I have no choice...

It really needs more filling into the front part-it puts me too forward and my legs too backwards...
     
    08-09-2012, 06:04 PM
  #26
Trained
Not sure if you can get them in Czech, but cair is designed to have foam inserts placed in the panels to alter the fit, like reflocking a flocked saddle. They are bright yellow and called lifts. You can get them shaped for just the front of the saddle, and they will give you the lift you need without extra padding.
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    08-09-2012, 06:07 PM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Not sure if you can get them in Czech, but cair is designed to have foam inserts placed in the panels to alter the fit, like reflocking a flocked saddle. They are bright yellow and called lifts. You can get them shaped for just the front of the saddle, and they will give you the lift you need without extra padding.
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That's what I said - Easy Change Riser System. I know about it, but I can't get it here in Czech. I wrote to a few shops selling wintec saddles if hey could get me any when shopping the saddles again, but no reply so far :( Maybe I could get some harder foam and cut the shape of it myself...
     
    08-09-2012, 07:19 PM
  #28
Trained
Sorry, the name only recently changed to easy change riser system, before that they were just lifts! It is certainly possible I make them, our saddle fitter has made some of certain size out of foam for customers. If you could model them off a picture of a front lift that would be pretty close.
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    08-10-2012, 08:29 AM
  #29
Green Broke
Why not just order them online? You don't have to buy them in a shop.
     
    08-10-2012, 11:05 AM
  #30
Foal
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Why not just order them online? You don't have to buy them in a shop.
Because I would pay &90 for pads and additional 30$ for shipping...

I was talking to a saddler from our capital that he might be able to get them done from a special foam whicch is used to mmake correction pads.
     

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