New saddle I bought yesterday
So I've been having saddle issues with my rocky mountain horse over the past few years. Started out in an Imus saddle. It didn't fit him well. Switched to a Henry Miller saddle, caused white hairs on his withers. Switched to a Crestridge saddle, thought it fit him at first but didn't, very comfortable for me (sigh).
So, yesterday we went to Illinois Horse Fair and sat through a saddle fitting seminar by Julie Cyra of West 20 Saddle Company. I ended up showing her the Crestridge and pics of Jazz. She helped us pick out a Big Horn Endurance model #808 with the Steele equi-fit tree and gil-cush skirt liner. The saddle is a little on the heavy side, 30 lbs., but at this point I would heave a #50 lb saddle on him as long as it fit him well and didn't hurt my bum. It's a really snazzy looking saddle and seemed comfortable for me when I sat in it at the fair. I also sat in a Crates saddle she had for sale, nice looking, also on the Steele tree, but was $300 more and not as comfortable for me compared to the Big Horn.
Today we will be taking the new saddle out to the barn and starting the saddle try-outs again. I'm not wanting to get my hopes up this will finally be the one but hoping for his sake it is. Have alot of trail rides and trips planned over the coming months, need to find a fit. I'll post an update soon.
Anybody looking for an almost new Crestridge Ovation Lite (weighs 18 lbs) in a 16" seat, black, upgraded Cheyenne roll, endurance style pommel and stirrups, with custom conchos?
With a new saddle, wrap the stirrups in plastic wrap or rags at least on the foot bed. Be sure you are wearing nothing that may scratch the leather. Put a sheet between your pad and the saddle. Otherwise if it doesn't fit you may not be able to return it.
Thanks, we did all of that. We are getting pretty good at it actually, but would really like to find a saddle that fits so I don't have to keep paying shipping on ones that don't. It's getting pretty expensive and frustrating.
Of course every horse and rider and saddle tree are different, BUT, I just want to put in a good word for the Steele equi-fit saddle trees!
I had a hell-of-a-time finding a saddle to fit my Mustang. I must have gone through 10 saddles. Some would seem to fit until I started getting white hairs months later. One saddle shop owner even told me I would not get a saddle to fit my horse off-the-shelf and I would need special padding.
Well, I lucked onto Steele trees and haven't looked back! My first one was made by Rider's Choice in a FQHB. I've been riding my Mustang in it for about 3 years with heavy trail riding in the summers and no white hairs! That's quite a feat too as I weigh over 200 lbs.
Now I own 3 saddles with Steele trees (my other two are Saddle King Ol' Timers with a quarter horse bar and they fit my Missouri Fox Trotter and her QH cross colt fantastic.
Anyway, I just wanted to say Steele equi-fit saddle trees are AWESOME!!!! Comfy for me too. A saddle that fits the horse AND rider, what a dream! I hope you have as good a luck with them as I have. :-)
Thanks for the info on the Steele Equi-fit. Sadly, the Big Horn saddle didn't fit either. I really liked the comfort for me, looks and quality build of it but there's no way it was going to work on him. The back of the saddle was too tight on him and digging in. We did learn a wealth of information from the saddle fitter Julie Cyra. I think I need to have a fitter come to me and measure him in person. Pics just aren't working out and costing me money and frustration.
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