Does this saddle fit ok? Too large saddle blanket?
This is Arthur, my 14hh paso fino gelding. I recently acquired all new tack for him except for the bit, which I've used on him forever and love. Does this saddle seem to fit? It's a Wintec Western All-Rounder, 15". I bought it from J-Bam's tack shop and an employee told me it had a wide gullet, which would be good for most horses. What do you think about the overall saddle fit?
Here's a link to an informational/review page about the saddle
The other thing is; my new saddle blanket is, as you can tell from the picture, large....will it cause discomfort to the horse if I fold it under? If I fold it in half it's too small
It would be nice to have a closer pic of the saddle for checking fit, very few Paso's need a Wide Tree and it looks a like that Saddle is too wide, but again, really need a closer pic, you want about 2" of clearance between the top of the withers and the underside of the saddle, I do not think in the pic it looks like that.
Check out some of the saddle fit threads to get a better idea of the kinds of photos that would be most helpful in judging fit - having photos from different angles than this one will be more advantageous in judging the fit.
Do you have any other pad besides the blanket on him? You may need to look into a better pad if thats the case. Also if thats you riding him, your small enough that as long as the saddle isn't riding on his spine and he has enough shoulder clearance it should be OK.
Personally I like a gaited horse tree for a gaited horse. They are made with more of a rocker on the front bars to make room for the shoulder motion of a gaited horse.
On any western saddle pad, there should be more sticking out in the front than in the back. With the blanket you are using there is no way you can get that.
Notice on this photo of Shiloh that the pad is showing more in front. If it extends out and over the hip its going to rub.
FYI thats a Reinsman Tacky Too pad and a gaited horse saddle
I think it looks good, but you need more pad. The blanket should be scooted up, so it's equal in front and back, and you need a liner pad to go underneath. Western saddles with synthetic fleece are NOT made to be used without some kind of good pad underneath. Blankets are fine, and fun ;-), but you should have at least a 1/2" felt pad under your blanket, to give your horse some cushion.
I would move the saddle back about 2", to free up his shoulders. He seems a bit tense in his neck, and you can see the saddle is up over his shoulder blades while he's standing still. That will make him uncomfortable at faster gaits, when his shoulder move back and hit the tree.
Personally I think the blanket is too big. When we use a blanket I fold it in half as long as it is evenly folded. Your saddle could possibly be to wide of a tree but you would have to have a straight on picture with the head down or just a better pic of the tree itself on the shoulders. The saddle is nice though. :) I can never find a synthetic one that has ever fit my horse correctly without the backend popping up. lol.
From what I can see, your saddle is sitting down a little too far, but i think that can be corrected with a thicker pad. Although the pad looks too long for my tastes, it's more of an astetic think than a problem.
HOWEVER what concerns me is the bit. Two things strike me if the pictures are accurate. The first is that the bit is too large for his mouth and the second is that it appears to be hanging way too low.
Good catch on the bit iride! I didn't notice that the first time I looked. I agree, the bit is way too low in the mouth and not really a good choice anyway (tom thumb).
Today's Horse - The Trouble with Tom Thumb
You should also be holding the reins so they're coming from the bottom of your hand to his mouth with your pinky finger between the reins, or from the top of your hand with your first finger between the reins.
How to hold western reins image by forelockless on Photobucket
Thanks L2R. I don't think it's a TT bit. The shanks are swept back somewhat but it does look like it might be a gag bit. I agree that her hands are totally incorrect and the web site you gave posted should give her some advise.
Equiniphile, I'm glad to see you in a helmet! Sorry if this is turning out to be somewhat of a critique but please take it as advise not criticism.
Thanks for the advice on the saddle and blanket. As for the bit, it's an Imus Bit and seems to work well on him....too big, you said? and I was just letting Arthur graze so thats why I'm not holding the reins right lol:)
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