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        08-07-2013, 09:40 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Had enough

    Ok, I've had enough, I'm extremely frustrated!
    I've been waiting a month now to get a more secure saddle for my quarter horse mare to ride in since sometimes she pigroots and spooks. My English saddle just doesn't cut it anymore because of my back I've decided more security for me is defiantly the way to go.
    But the people that do saddlefitting in my town for one of the stores haven't been at work for a month or so due to personal hospital reasons. The store is still open but there is no one qualified to fit saddles to horses...So I've been waiting and no news of them coming back anytime soon.
    So I went to the other tack shop...And walked out furious. Not only were they extremely stuck up, putting their nose up at me! I asked about if they would fit the saddle I was looking at (700 dollar saddle) and lets just say the pretty much wrote it off like I should just buy the saddle because the lady said 'it should fit' so I should spend 700 dollars, not including girth or stirrups, on a saddle that 'should fit' my mare.
    So I have had enough. Im not confident enough to ride her in the English saddle anymore so I've been riding her in the round yard or lunging her for the past month but I want to ride my horse and enjoy it, she's sick of the round yard too but I can't bring myself to go out when she can spin/spook in such a tight spin that I just slip outta the saddle.
    So why have I had to wait a month, I've got the money saved, and I'm waiting. So I'm frustrated I've had enough of waiting I'm considering buying online, but the probably with that is I don't know my seat size or what saddle would fit her.
    My English saddle is 16 inch wintec, my stock saddle is 15 inch status and my mare didn't fit a full bar western. Just so stressed out with waiting...What do I do?!
         
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        08-07-2013, 09:52 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tayz    
    Ok, I've had enough, I'm extremely frustrated!
    I've been waiting a month now to get a more secure saddle for my quarter horse mare to ride in since sometimes she pigroots and spooks. My English saddle just doesn't cut it anymore because of my back I've decided more security for me is defiantly the way to go.
    But the people that do saddlefitting in my town for one of the stores haven't been at work for a month or so due to personal hospital reasons. The store is still open but there is no one qualified to fit saddles to horses...So I've been waiting and no news of them coming back anytime soon.
    So I went to the other tack shop...And walked out furious. Not only were they extremely stuck up, putting their nose up at me! I asked about if they would fit the saddle I was looking at (700 dollar saddle) and lets just say the pretty much wrote it off like I should just buy the saddle because the lady said 'it should fit' so I should spend 700 dollars, not including girth or stirrups, on a saddle that 'should fit' my mare.
    So I have had enough. Im not confident enough to ride her in the English saddle anymore so I've been riding her in the round yard or lunging her for the past month but I want to ride my horse and enjoy it, she's sick of the round yard too but I can't bring myself to go out when she can spin/spook in such a tight spin that I just slip outta the saddle.
    So why have I had to wait a month, I've got the money saved, and I'm waiting. So I'm frustrated I've had enough of waiting I'm considering buying online, but the probably with that is I don't know my seat size or what saddle would fit her.
    My English saddle is 16 inch wintec, my stock saddle is 15 inch status and my mare didn't fit a full bar western. Just so stressed out with waiting...What do I do?!
    Have patience and wait. Or, make a wither tracing and take it in to the shop and see what looks like it will fit and try that as long as they have a trial period on the saddle.
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        08-07-2013, 09:54 PM
      #3
    Showing
    See if you can demo some saddles in your area before purchase. Take photos and post on here. At least you can get some sort of feedback.
         
        08-07-2013, 09:56 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    You might also try an online search for a saddlefitter..there may be one that is certified but works on their own/independently. The two tack shops can't be the only two places where a saddle fitter is available. If there are boarding barns near you, maybe stop in and ask if they have someone they can recommend.
         
        08-07-2013, 09:57 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Unless you can take the saddle back if it doesn't fit, I certainly wouldn't buy one, either online or a a shop. My mare has very nice 'normal" conformation for a Quarter horse, and I went through DOZENS of saddles before finding one that would fit both of us. I had 14' western saddles fit me well, and in the SAME brand, a 15" was too small. I finally wound up with a 16" that fits me like a glove, when according to the saddle shop, I should have taken a 15". Same with my mare. I looked at semi QH bars and full quarter horse bars, and they all fit differently. My husband almost shot me before I found that 'magic" combination that fit both if us. I KNOW how frustrating it can be - especially since you feel you can't ride until you get one, but try to be patient or you might end up with a very expensive ornament!! If you have to buy one without trying it, try to get one cheaply enough that you can at least sell it for what you have into it. Good luck!!!!!
         
        08-07-2013, 10:00 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Take your horse, and someone with some knowledge to the tack shop. Trailer your horse there and try a few on.
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        08-07-2013, 10:02 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    Thanks guys, I guess its not the fact of trying tonnes, I don't mind trying lots of saddles to find the right one, I think its the fact I've already spent a month waiting and it doesn't seem like anythings going to happen anytime soon for me to actually get to try fitting any saddles. It's like ill be waiting another 6 months before I will even get to try a saddle on her. :/
         
        08-07-2013, 10:03 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mochachino    
    Take your horse, and someone with some knowledge to the tack shop. Trailer your horse there and try a few on.

    In the middle of a very busy town and street and my mare is spooky so would not go well. I don't have anyone knowledgable :/
         
        08-07-2013, 10:12 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Definitely been there, done that. After looking for over two months in tack shops and online, I recently purchased "The ONE". It was a frustrating process that ended up with me sitting on just about every saddle in the tack shop until I found one that fit me, then took it to fit the horse.

    It was the only one I found that fit both me and the horse like a glove. I too, went in looking to spend $600-$700 and ended up spending ummmm.... more on a Saddlesmith Luke Jones Roper.

    I'm definitely thinking it's going to be worth it in the long run. I just have to make sure that any future horses are only purchased if they fit the saddle!

    Good luck with your purchase! (It definitely helps to have a super experienced horse person with you if a saddle fitter is not available.)
         
        08-07-2013, 10:22 PM
      #10
    Trained
    T4 Standard Saddle with Changeable Gullet | Dover Saddlery

    Ah the joys of saddle fitting. Some fit the horse, some fit the rider. Very few fit both. If you're looking for a deep seated, synthetic english saddle that's almost impossible to fall out of, get this one. It will likely fit both of you, it's dirt cheap by wool flocked saddles and lasts forever.
         

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