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post #1 of 16 Old 07-02-2014, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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New English Saddle for Friesian Draft X; Fit or no?

I just got my new-used, extra wide Barnsby saddle for Dante, my friesian cross. Its an AP, 17-17.5 inch seat. I put it on him to see how it looked.

What I liked.
Good wither clearance,
Looks like it fit his huge shoulder nice.
Length of the saddle for his back.

Not so sure about:
Looks like it comes up in the back a bit?
Narrower through the channel than what id like.

What do you all think? Is it ok just to putz around on the trails with? I have no plans of doing any intensive arena work or showing. Just like to pleasure ride on the trails.

*sorry the pics may not be the best. My phone is old and finicky about certain lighting...
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DH got home from work to help me talk pictures. I still couldnt get a channel picture as my phone would not use its flash and just ended up with black pictures... Hope these are better. Also the last pic shows my concern of it tipping up in the back.
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Here is the underside pic of the saddle.
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looks like it might be too wide in front, on top of having a rather curved shape to begin with. You say it has good wither clearance?
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That looks like it is going to rock horribly. It is built for a very curvy backed horse, and he is not. Better lighting would be needed to check width, but the amount is rocks would cross it off the list for me.
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To my uneducated eye....let the tack gurus help with their learned eye {please}....

Looking at your last photo of the underside panels...
To me, they are not evenly stuffed panels.
From your picture there is a noticeable difference in shape of stuffed panels, seat padding and "wrinkling" that I don't think you should be seeing either.

There is also something not right at the cantle of the saddle...it is unbalanced when you look at the picture....look closely.


It is a very nice saddle...does it have under-side panels that can be re-stuffed or flocked I think it is called by a saddle fitter???
Maybe a slight tweaking would make a huge difference in fit and comfort, yours and your horses.
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It looks like a pimple on an elephant!

I agree that the 'rock' looks wrong, I don't think it will be comfortable as it is. You need it checked out be a fitter and see if it can be adjusted for the handsome man.
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looks like it might be too wide in front, on top of having a rather curved shape to begin with. You say it has good wither clearance?
Is there a way to tell its too wide other than it popping up in the back? It is definitely got a lot more rock in it than I thought was going to have. And my boy does have a flatter back. It does have good wither clearance on him. 2 to 3 fingers worth.
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It looks like a pimple on an elephant!

I agree that the 'rock' looks wrong, I don't think it will be comfortable as it is. You need it checked out be a fitter and see if it can be adjusted for the handsome man.
He is a BIG guy! Lol I havent been able to ride him because none of my saddles fit him, and riding bareback... well so long as I stay at a walk he's fine but trotting is horrible as his trot is huge and difficult to sit to... Thanks to his friesian daddy. Lol

As for a fitter that can do reflocking... that's if I can find one here in wisconsin, seems like they are a rare species around here... and find one that wont necessarily break the bank lol.

Is it possible to reflock a saddle to correct the rock in the saddle or would I just be better off selling it and trying to find one with less rock?

How disappointing tho, this was an early b-day present. Have been going bonkers not being able to ride him... looks like I wont be able to go on that long trail ride I was hoping for this weekend.
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Unfortunately I have no idea how one would go about reflocking it. It would have to be unstitched as the panels are sewn into the flap. Also there really isnt much room for the saddle fitter to pull out the wool to even it out enough. The saddle tree must just be made for those curvy horses. Plus the only certified saddle fitter that does reflocking I found so far in wisconsin is going to cost me about as much as I paid for the saddle ($350). And with that I could afford a NEW-er saddle.

I think I am just going to sell it. Possibly trade it to the tack shop where I have a western saddle on layaway for Dante and put it towards that. That's why its so hard to buy on ebay without seeing it in person first and trying it out on the horse.
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