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post #1 of 9 Old 10-21-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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I got the widest gullet plate that I can!

And I think it fits her much better with it, but a front riser will help the balance even more.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 03:39 AM
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To be honest, I'd guess it was too wide.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 05:44 AM
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To be honest, I'd guess it was too wide.
I agree, I do not do much with English Saddles, but I do not think the Cantle should be 4-5" higher than the Pommel, looks too far downhill in the front.

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 07:28 AM
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I agree, too wide.
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Too wide. The cantle and the pommel should be level, and the seat should be looking uphill, not downhill.
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 09:39 AM
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I think it looks like it fits her well (maybe sightly wide)... Ideally the cantle should be level but if your horse is built downhill like a lot of QHs are then that's going to be difficult to achieve. Is it comfortable for you? Does it put you in a good position? How does your horse react being ridden in this saddle? Is the saddle sliding forward a lot when you're riding?
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With this gullet and a front riser, the pommel comes up a few good inches and levels everything out.
She rides fine and comfortable in it, and I feel like I'm in a good position. I will take some picks with my riser pad and you guys can have a looksee at that
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A riser lifts by adding more bulk on the front part of the back- widening the horse. They can be good for horses with high withers or hollows behind the saddle. Essentially they help to create a flat saddle fitting surface. However your horse is already flat, the gullet is just too wide. While correction pads are sometimes needed, you should always try to get the best fitting saddle you can, as correction pads can cause problems of their own. A narrower gullet will lift the saddle up as well.
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With this gullet and a front riser, the pommel comes up a few good inches and levels everything out.
She rides fine and comfortable in it, and I feel like I'm in a good position. I will take some picks with my riser pad and you guys can have a looksee at that
If your gullet was just a notch narrower, you most likely wouldn't need the riser pad to begin with. The best way to tell if the fit is correct is to look at the angle of the gullet compared with the angular slope of the shoulder. This is best depicted in your third photo: notice how the line of the outmost hem of the saddle flap has a slope that is not as steep as the slope of her shoulder? Those two slopes ideally should be parallel, but this pic shows that they are not and that the gullet slope is more gradual than her shoulder.

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