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    01-30-2014, 08:18 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
14.3hh isn't really all that small. My horse is a hair under 15hh on a good day with a fairly compact build. I ride in a 17.5" medium-wide dressage saddle and it's no where near too long for his back, nor do the flaps swallow him up:



You may be overthinking the saddle a bit See what your local tack store has in a medium tree, sit in them and see what is most comfortable for you, then take 2-3 of them home (if your tack store allows this; most in my area seem to) and see which one(s) fit your horse as well. If you can't get a saddle fitter, try and get a trainer, vet, or experienced friend to help judge the fit.

Off topic, but from this photo, that saddle looks too narrow in front. The pommel is too high.
     
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    01-31-2014, 12:31 PM
  #12
Yearling
Ok. I'm headed to the tack store today to borrow some saddles and will report back. My vision might be slightly skewed coming from the world of big Warmbloods; they make any horse under 16 hands look like pocket ponies.
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    01-31-2014, 12:33 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
14.3hh isn't really all that small. My horse is a hair under 15hh on a good day with a fairly compact build. I ride in a 17.5" medium-wide dressage saddle and it's no where near too long for his back, nor do the flaps swallow him up:



You may be overthinking the saddle a bit See what your local tack store has in a medium tree, sit in them and see what is most comfortable for you, then take 2-3 of them home (if your tack store allows this; most in my area seem to) and see which one(s) fit your horse as well. If you can't get a saddle fitter, try and get a trainer, vet, or experienced friend to help judge the fit.
Ahh, thanks for the visual reference. That does help.
     
    01-31-2014, 12:36 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Viranh    
Can you go to a tack store and sit in some different saddles so you get a better idea of what seat and flap size you need? How tall are you and how heavy if you don't mind my asking? I know you were asking about short flap saddles, so if you're shorter you may be able to get away with something pretty small, but if not, you may find a small saddle puts you in a bad position, and the reverse if you're really short and buy something with a regular flap. What kind of budget are you working with?

I like youth saddles for small horses if you can fit and don't have the budget for a high end saddle, but I think you could get away with up to a 17" or maybe 17.5" depending on your horse's back length. I rode my 14.2 h QH in a 17" forward flap saddle, and can actually ride my 14 h pony in it, but I think she looks silly since the forward flap looks like it swallows her whole. Also keep in mind that if she's missing muscle, if you get her fitted now, the saddle may be too narrow in 6 months, so I'd either look at adjustable trees the right shape or consider going a hair wide and shimming, or possibly borrowing something for a few months. My TB came without topline and has gone up at least half a tree size since October, so it's lucky my saddles started too big.
I'm pretty small with short legs and can fit into a 16.5 saddle. She has a short back - typical Morgan thing but she could get wider as I put some muscle on her.

I am borrowing a saddle for the time being but will also get some trial saddles from the tack store.
     
    01-31-2014, 01:26 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
off topic, but from this photo, that saddle looks too narrow in front. The pommel is too high.
It's possible... when I last had the fit checked in August the pommel was sitting too low and the fitter recommended the sheepskin half pad rather than trying to put more flocking in as it was already fairly fully flocked and she worried about it getting too hard if she put more in. Perhaps he's developed more along the topline now and no longer needs the sheepskin pad. I'll take a critical look at it with and without the half pad
     
    01-31-2014, 02:26 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Let us know how it goes ^^

Verona--I have just one thing to say... CUUUUUTE
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    01-31-2014, 05:16 PM
  #17
Yearling
Saddle Fit

I picked up two trial saddles today:

Albion which didn't fit at all so I didn't even bother taking any pictures and the Thornhill Pro (pictures attached).

I think it fits her ok except that the billet straps hang down so far that I have the girth on the last hole on both sides. So I don't know if I just need to get a shorter girth or a saddle with shorter flaps/billet straps.

Let me know what you think.
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    01-31-2014, 05:33 PM
  #18
Showing
Honestly I think the flaps are too long. The girth ends should be above the horse's elbow. Getting a shorter girth would have it below her elbow and it may interfere/rub.
     
    01-31-2014, 08:54 PM
  #19
Yearling
My Morgan is very well fitted in a 16.5 county dressage saddle. I could realistically probably use a 17 in for my bum, but it works well enough and I know it fits her well. I've been nothing but happy with the county brand.
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    01-31-2014, 09:11 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Honestly I think the flaps are too long. The girth ends should be above the horse's elbow. Getting a shorter girth would have it below her elbow and it may interfere/rub.
Sigh...yes I was afraid of that.
     

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