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Golden Horse 08-07-2012 10:57 PM

Willow new saddle, and another short back long saddle question
 
Another try at saddle fitting with Willow, I'm happier with this, and as a bonus it is a Collegiate, and I have a full set of gullets so I can change as needed, feedback on this one

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...w/aug7th11.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...ow/aug7th4.jpg

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and the sweat mark after lungeing

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...low/aug7th.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...w/aug7th10.jpg

And now the Thornhill on Emmy, who is solid enough for it, but she is shorter backed than Willow, so what do you think?

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...re/Aug7th9.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...re/Aug7th8.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...re/Aug7th4.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...re/Aug7th7.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...re/Aug7th6.jpg

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Golden Horse 08-08-2012 10:55 AM

Don't be shy:wink:

DraftXDressage 08-08-2012 11:03 AM

The Thornhill looks to be the right width, but I'm not crazy about the shape of the rear panel for her. It looks like it might dig in there/bridge in the middle with a rider's weight. I think, though, that you've got it positioned too far forward and it's interfering with her shoulder. When it's back far enough, I suspect it's going to be too long for her back.

kitten_Val 08-08-2012 11:31 AM

Collegiate looks pretty good although I wonder if it's a little too narrow. Thornhill looks much better on Emmy than on other horses you posted.

GH, not to be a pain in a rear, but do you have fitters in your area? May be when you'll set you want to call one out. Because sometime adding/removing flocking can help with the better fit.

Golden Horse 08-08-2012 11:47 AM

*SIGH*

I live in Sask, which is the far side of the back of beyond, Tack stores are few and far between, those of us who choose to ride English are a strange breed that are grudgingly given a corner, or preferably a back room, away from the *proper* tack.

I will have to get back on the local boards and see if there is someone about, last time I asked there was someone who knew of someone.......the nearest direct hit I got was 4 hours away!

kitten_Val 08-08-2012 12:01 PM

Yeah, unless you are very lucky you most probably don't have one around then.

DraftXDressage 08-08-2012 12:30 PM

Keep asking around, and check with other local equine professionals. My equine massage therapist is a terrific saddle fitter, but does not advertise herself as such.

bsms 08-08-2012 12:31 PM

I once asked a tack store in Tucson if they had any English saddles. The guy looked at me with an expression that indicated I probably engaged in bestiality, then led me to a back room that would have qualified as a saddle museum. I doubt there was a saddle in the room under 50 years, and most had gone at least 40 without being touched by oil. I was afraid to touch anything lest it crumble into dust...

What would I do without the Internet?!

Golden Horse 08-10-2012 09:49 PM

:lol::lol: I can just see that bsms.

Good news, I have found a fitter who will travel and if I can line up a few of us then she will waive her travel fee!

Saddlebag 08-10-2012 10:22 PM

The saddle in the first pic isn't sitting right. The second, the Thornhill is much better. You probably won't get any better than that unless you blow $3000 on a saddle.


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