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    07-04-2012, 07:44 AM
please check your saddle fit!!

In the time I've had him (a year and a few months now), my gelding has changed shape COMPLETELY. From straight backed and in a red Wintec gullet plate (which is a wide), to slightly swayed and in a black (medium) gullet plate... my dressage saddle doesn't fit him any more! It was perfect, had it professionally fitted and all, but now it's bridging.

Hopefully my tax return comes through soon so I can get him a new dressage saddle... in the mean time I'll just ride him in my CC, because that still fits. But you know, I only bought that a couple of months ago, and it had a medium plate in it when I got it which was WAY too narrow and the saddle was perched on top of him... switched it out for a wide, and then a medium-wide, and I just checked the fit on him today and it was too wide... stuck the medium gullet in and it was perfect.

Moral of the story, make sure you check the fit regularly... horses change shape very quickly, quite significantly sometimes, and a saddle that was perfect a month ago might not fit now!
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    07-04-2012, 09:35 AM
Absolutely. I had my gelding in a Collegiate event saddle last fall and this spring, and lately I had been conditioning him in my dressage saddle. I put the Collegiate on him after not riding in it for a few months, and he got a small rub mark on his withers. He had gained so much muscle through schooling and conditioning that it didn't fit right anymore. Needless to say, I had to buy a new saddle off of a friend, which fits his new bulk better.
    07-07-2012, 01:10 PM
It's a matter of 3 weeks since I last rode in my CC, and it was fine then... not now! He's picked up a lot of muscle along his back. Some people think that makes them wider (I did, initially) but not in Monty's case!
    07-08-2012, 12:16 AM
Someone online gave me the advice to have a saddle fitter come... and oh my gosh, I am so thankful! In reality the change wasn't humongous, we didn't have to buy a new saddle or have any repairs or adjustments, but it was so well worth it. My saddle fitter gave me a wonderful teaching experience as well as a leg wrap that helps my saddle fit properly. Before, my saddle was actually tilting forward because it was a little too wide, now it's perfect... and I was also improperly tacking up :/ so thankful for the whole saddle fitting experience and I appreciate those people so much!

everyone -- this person is right. if possible, get someone experienced to check out your saddle fit because it makes the world of a difference. yay!
    07-08-2012, 08:32 AM
Yep totally second that! Even if you think you know what you're doing it's still worth checking out the latest knowledge, my mamma's always fitted her own saddle and pretty much if it wasn't lifting at the back, wasn't bridging, and wasn't perched, it was good enough. That was 20+ years ago when she learned. Now, there's so much more to know, and I'm lucky enough to have learned some of it.

I checked the fit of my own saddles, because I do have that knowledge (how to get gullet size right, as well as shape, and balance), and I think it's knowledge that every horse owner needs. Every horse owner needs to know the basics of how to make sure their saddle fits!

Important disclaimer - I HAVE A PRO OUT if the saddle needs any adjustments. Except gullet size, because both my saddles have easy-change gullets. If it needs more padding in the panels in a particular place, or if it's lumpy, I have a professional fix that for me.
    07-08-2012, 09:38 AM
I love my saddle fitter ! I was having so many problems fitting gypsy, no saddle felt right and she was getting cranky over it. And my cranky I mean bucking and kicking out over her head when I was riding =/ and she's not a naughty girl so I knew something was hurting.

The saddle fitter came out and traced her back, she traced for a medium tree. We started trying saddles on her and she was horrible in everything. Because of this, the saddle fitter decided to try a narrow treed saddle on her. As soon as we put it on she went perfectly with no fuss !! 3 months later she came back to re-evaluate the saddle fit, because technically I ride her in an ill fitting saddle. She traced even wider [built up more muscle from being comfortable in her saddle]. She still prefers her narrow tree and refuses to go in a medium or medium/narrow using a half pad. She is the princess and the pea.
    07-08-2012, 09:50 AM
Every horse is different that's for sure! I had a pony that bucked like a demon in anything BUT a very poorly fitting Wintec AP :P my current horse will not work through from behind if his saddle is not exactly right, I've had a horse that didn't care what was on his back... they're all different.

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