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post #11 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Congratulations on the new saddle. I keep reminding my family my birthday is coming up in a couple months hehe. I can't go two years without a saddle I want to do some serious riding so I really need one that fits. But I know it's not to bad as the one I used twice she would start bucking but she doesn't anymore. Wish I could just win the lottery and I could have someone come make a custom one.
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post #12 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 09:04 PM
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It's my dream to lose enough weight that I can fit in a normal sized saddle. (And not worry that I'm too heavy for my horse.) Then maybe I can get a really good saddle and make sure it fits her properly!

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post #13 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 09:07 PM
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saddle fitting

Poppy, Glad you posted this question. I rescued my mare from the Impound I volunteer at in April. She was extremely emaciated. She is slowly recovering & soon maybe another 3 weeks I'll need to find her a saddle. I haven't even decided if I'm going western or english. I've been told by just about by everyone that you have to do all sorts of measuring of your horse & the saddle must fit the horse not so much the rider. Have you found a saddle yet?
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Dee- thats always a good goal and then you can save up to maybe even get a custom one, that's what I would love.

Tb lover- read the stickys in the tack section they are very helpful. But you do need a saddle that fits you too. Otherwise you won't be in the right position or you won't feel secure. This is why it's so frustrating what fits you might not fit the horse and vice versa. It can get complicated and frustrating.
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post #15 of 19 Old 05-18-2012, 01:44 AM
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Maybe I just got stupid lucky. I bought my dressage saddle, a 35 year old Passier with a medium wide gullet and 17 inch seat, and it fits just about every horse I bother putting it on (even though every one tells me Passier runs very narrow). It fits me too, and I am superbly happy with how it fits my legs (flap is long enough for my leg). All I pad with is a thin line and a western saddle blanket or dressage pad. I ride some fat Walkers and QH's lol. Stupid lucky that I have had no fitting problems yet. And I got it off ebay with a piss poor description of its "aesthetic imperfections" meaning the broken stirrup bar wasn't named, but the tree is still good and the leather in great shape despite the smell of cheap lotion sticking to it. I had to deal with outrageous shipping charges too. Plus the seller waited until the last darn minute to ship it to me. Very aggrivating.

So you have to give and take and hope you get lucky. I passed up a 300.00 Stubben close contact dressage for a slightly cheaper Passier, and I'm happy I did.

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post #16 of 19 Old 05-18-2012, 01:56 AM
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I got reaaaally lucky. Both saddle and horse were given to me by the same person but within a few years of one another.. and the saddle fit the horse perfectly. She was shocked!! I was shocked!!

It was fate

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post #17 of 19 Old 05-18-2012, 11:47 AM
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I feel your pain. I felt like buying a saddle was as bad as buying a car or a house, so stressful. Not sure I even have the right one for us yet, but it will get me by pretty well for a while now. You're not alone, I wish it didn't have to be so hard.
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post #18 of 19 Old 05-18-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Now I'm stuck between getting the saddle I really want or settling for something that might work for 200$ less. I haven't seen pictures yet but it is a wide and was used on a morab but don't know brand but then I have 48 hours to decide if I want to take the offer on the saddle I've been hunting for but it's about 200 more and doesn't come with anything. Money is a huge factor right now as I had to spend a lot on fly gear for my horse as fly spray doesn't cut it with her sensitive skin and I have to go to barn twice a day to put it on and take it off so more gas money.

So now I'm really not sure what I want. If I can borrow the money from my bf I will prolly get the saddle I really want but I feel I could get a better price elsewhere. So now I'm stressed even more. Ugh.
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-21-2012, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Yay so excited. Won the saddle I've been wanting on eBay for half the price as the tack shop. Now here's to hoping it works out cant wait until next week when it arrives.
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