I have recently purchased a GFS saddle for my pony mare. It is older, I cannot find any similar current model, but has the screws GFS, little visible mark on the leather,... The leather was a bit dry, so I put almost half liter of oil into it, but seems quite nice right now. Liza seems quite OK with it, it is a bit small for me, but she cannost have longer seat, it would be too long for her back.
Does anyone of you have experience with these saddles?
^^How do I get the dirt off the iron??? :D
And a question about fitting.... The mare is downhill. Quite a lot. I was told by one trainer thet I should put the whither part higher-with the whither pad (thicker in the front), and I was told by another that I should not do that, since she is downhill, that the saddle should be a bit lower in front, and if I put the front higher, she will have sore back... I tried riding with both options and Liza seemed fine with both...
I'm not seeing a downhill horse. Downhill refers to the hind quarters causing the saddle to try to climb the shoulder blades. A crupper is needed to hold a saddle in place. Your saddle looks fine where it is. Keep in mind it will compress a bit when you are in the saddle. If the cantle is too high you will feel like it is pushing you forward.
And a very very old photo, with saddle with too loose crupper...
Well it is usually better when she works more, but she always gets faaaat on winter :(
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