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        03-21-2013, 10:54 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    The saddle when I first put it on him, it wasn't sinched yet. I am pretty sure it needs a thicker pad. To me it looks like it sits back a little far, I read that saddlebreds saddles usually fit further down their backs cause they are so long. I've never had a gaited horse, and I know they make gaited saddles, I've seen some but they look so huge and bulky(maybe just the brands I saw).
    Anyhow any corrections I may need to do, please let me know.
    I thought it looked like a good height above his withers..
    It's not my saddle, but I had permission to use it and I wanted to build him up a bit more before I bought one.

    :)
    Thanks!
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        03-21-2013, 11:04 PM
      #12
    Trained
    A thicker pad won't make a saddle fit better.
    You need to be prepared to have saddles refitted very regularly with young horses as they change shape rapidly and dramatically. A saddle fitted at breaking is not going to fit with 2 years of muscle building and maturing of the horse.
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        03-21-2013, 11:05 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    A thicker pad won't make a saddle fit better.
    You need to be prepared to have saddles refitted very regularly with young horses as they change shape rapidly and dramatically. A saddle fitted at breaking is not going to fit with 2 years of muscle building and maturing of the horse.
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    I know. :)

    I just thought this one fit okay, and would be alright while I build his muscle. That's why I posted the other picture. But, if it doesn't look like it fits, I was going to probably just buy one from the tack shop if they had something in the meantime.
         
        03-21-2013, 11:14 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Congrats your horse is so beautiful! I love the colouring :)
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        03-21-2013, 11:39 PM
      #15
    Trained
    If a saddle doesn't fit correctly, a horse cannot build muscle correctly. They will be reluctant to free their back which will mean that very little muscle will be built there.
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        03-22-2013, 12:08 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I don't think you are understanding what my post was,
    Does the saddle look like it fits or not?
    I don't care about buying a saddle, that is not the issue. Someone said it didn't look like it fit in the first picture so I posted a second picture.
    It's also not an issue of me understanding that I need a correct fitting saddle.
    Would I be correct in assuming you do not think the saddle fits properly? If so, what looks wrong?
    The main problem is that he has a very distinct build, and my tack store is not so familiar with saddlebreds, my English saddle fits him fine. It's just western that is trickier. There is a saddlebred breeder somewhere near me, I could try to contact them to see what they think is the right brand to look for.
         
        03-22-2013, 12:13 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Now, I have mainly ridden tb's. To me, I think it's far back, BUT what I read was that saddles lay further back on saddlebreds backs because of the way they carry their necks. :/

    Edit:
    I do still think the saddlepad is not right, the pad itself didn't fit him right.
         
        03-23-2013, 12:08 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Congradulations on your first ride! I hope you find a good saddle for him, that will fit him in the future too... but for the meantime, if the saddle does not hurt him... it will be fine, even if it doesn't fit perfectly!
         

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