English Saddle For The High Withered Horse
My OTSB has VERY high withers and the only place I could find that carries saddles that are made just for horses like that was dover with their thorowgood saddles. Is there any other saddles (preferably dressage, but AP is ok too) out there that are built like that?
Look for a saddle with a cutback pommel. Some brands with models that will fit the bill include Passier, Kieffer, some Stubbens, some Crosbys, some Collegiates, etc.
If that's you and your horse in your avatar, you need to move your saddle 2-3" farther back. The front points of the tree (just under the front d-rings) should be 2-3" behind the back edge of the horse's shoulder blade.
Fit the saddle to your horse's shoulder. The high wither fit comes from a cutback pommel.
I agree with luvs. I got Collegiate dignitary saddle and it's very high on withers (fit my higher withered paint pretty good).
Sorry, it's kinda off to the side, but this is the only pic I have of him.
You can kinda see his withers. :?
Wow. That's pretty high... Can you borrow any saddles around or in tack shops to try? She's not typical build, so personally I'd be really careful to buy anything on Internet (at least if you can't return it back). I still think diginary probably will give clearance on her withers. I know places like Dover and I believe Valley Vet and Jeffers Equiene can give you "trial" on saddle.
I know aren't they!
I'm really kinda paranoid about picking a saddle b/c i want one that'll really fit him well.
I really wanted to buy the thorowgood dressage saddle, but I was wondering if there were any others out there that would fit too.
But yea, if I decided to order one I'll probably have to try it out.
Friend of mine have thorowood(spell? :) ) for her wide draft and frankly it looks very low on withers. In fact I was thinking about looking into one for my other horse (low withers, wide back). She has A/P though, so dressage may be different...
maybe they're not so great after all :?
^ do you think that would be alright?
I'm really not so great at this.
Others that would work, if you could find them used for a better price:
ANY Passier or Keiffer. You'd want a medium or medium-wide Passier, same for Keiffer. But with Keiffer, the tree can be adjusted to fit your horse by a saddle repair person.
Front shot of the Passier Relevant, notice how cut back the pommel is and how much room there is for the withers. Most all Passiers have this kind of pommel.
Duett Largo. It has a nice cutback pommel. You'd likely need the 32 or 34 cm tree.
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Most any Albion, though they're hard to find used for less than $2,000.
Rembrandt Dressage. They're not in production any longer, but they are out there used. They are very nice saddles!
Most Schleese saddles. These can get quite pricey, but they're very nice!
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