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SonnyWimps 04-03-2008 08:32 AM

What is your opinion on this?
I was reading last night an article from "Hollistic Horse". The article was called "Saddle Fitting: Two Points of View".

Mainly I was reading it because of the saddle fitting I'm sure most of you know I'm currently looking to buy a saddle and curious to find exactly what size saddle will fit Sonny.

I am making this post mainly because of some of the stuff in the kinda bothered me on the stuff...mainly because I don't know if it's true or not.

Here are some quotes...PLEASEEEEEE tell me your opinion on them (will include the lady's name who wrote's a Q&A article)

"From my experience Western saddles don't fit because of their structural design. The pressures from the front of the saddle, under the rider's seat or at the back of the skirt all cause the horse's movement to be restricted. To date, I have not found a Western saddle that fits the horse, even if it was "customed" to the horse"
-Prudence Heaney

I guess that one above was the only one that kinda confused me. What are your opinions on this? I don't want something that is going to hurt or bother Sonny in any way...but I do love the feel of a western saddle. I don't have enough money to get a professional saddle fitter come and look the saddle on him. It doesn't say anything about English saddles, so I'm assuming that they think English saddles make better fits....could be wrong.

Anyways I guess I'll stick with an English saddle until I hear more on this issue.

For those who get the Hollistic Horse magazine and would like to read the whole article it is Issue 53 - Feb/Mar '08

SonnyWimps 04-04-2008 10:25 AM


upnover 04-04-2008 10:46 AM

I don't know if I'm quite qualified to answer seeing how I know absolutely nothing western saddles! but I do have to say I find it a little hard to believe. Improper fitting saddles (which happens with English saddles as well) make unhappy horses with sore backs. I've seen a lot of happy western horses that move well. I think with horses you are going to get a million different opinions that are all 'correct'. What a trainer once told me was that you should always be reading and learning but filter everything through your "BS meter". Some things will work, others won't, keep it all in mind for future reference.

Chicalove 04-04-2008 01:47 PM

If that were true every horse that goes Western would be have a sore, wimpy back. There are ill fitting English saddles as well as Western, but there are also plenty of Western saddles that fit. Sonny will do fine in a western saddle.

Like upnover said, be skeptical and use your BS filter. Just because it's in a magazine doesn't mean it's true.

Dumas'_Grrrl 04-04-2008 02:27 PM

When I see articles like the one you mentioned I always try to take them with a grain of salt. My grandfather certinally did not have any of his saddles CUSTOM fitted, we just used different pads to adjust, Think old school. Tried diff saddles. etc. I think that an all encompassing quote like that is rather short sighted. I've only rode western and seems to me like the horses have always moved just fine. Remember that opinions are like....elbows...everybodys got 'em!!! :roll:

SonnyWimps 04-04-2008 02:35 PM

I didn't really think it was something to worry about but I thought I'd mainly ask. Sonny is my life...if anything ever happens to him I'd likely that's why I want the best for him.

I know that if a saddle was bothering him he'd definately let me know and I've gone through walk, trot, and canter with a western on with no problems...infact he actually listened better with the western than an english

Chicalove 04-04-2008 02:41 PM


Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
infact he actually listened better with the western than an english

That's not the style of the saddle that's the fit of those particular saddles.

Again, If you put a well fitting western saddle on him, you are doing nothing bad to him. He'll be fine and stay healthy and happy.

Dave 04-04-2008 02:54 PM

saddle fitting
Old school As for most saddle fitting is the right way to go has a history of years in the proveing if not the old school way , Then go to. THE CORRECTOR.NET It works quite well on pronblem fitting horses

PoptartShop 04-04-2008 03:23 PM

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Yeah, I used to ride Lexi western before I switched to jumping. Her saddle fit fine; I don't think it really matters if it's western or english, it depends on the individual saddle itself, if it's fitting or not. ;)
I'm sure Sonny will be fine in a Western; just make sure it fits that's all. :)

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