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post #11 of 16 Old 07-03-2014, 12:21 AM
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he doesn't look like he has an extremely unusual back shape . I bet my Klimke would pop on him like a mold! It has the gussseted panels that I have come to love.

Ask some of the other saddle gurus if this fit can be made usuable with some kind of pads or shimming.

A saddle made for a warmblood might be the better fit for him.
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-03-2014, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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I will get some pictures of just his back and shoulders tomorrow in the afternoon when the lighting is better so you guys can see what he looks like without a saddle on and then a few with the saddle again.

TinyLiny- Could you post a pic of your saddle? Just curious about the gusseted panels.(I'm still kinda a noob about english saddles/fitting lol) Also how exactly can you tell a saddle is made for a warmblood? Certain sizing, brands, or builds of the saddle?

A pad with shims sounds like a good idea in theory but, the way it rocks most of my weight will still be centered in the middle-front of the saddle instead of even pressure throughout. Not sure enough padding will "fix" it. :/

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Ok I know they are not perfect confo shots, some of the angles are not dead straight and neither is the horse in all of them... Tho we tried lol Dante was trying his best to be good and hold still but there was stuff to look at and green grass just under his nose... So what do you all think? Any recommendations on saddle sizes? What to look for in panels/rock?

The saddle shown was I believe 6 inches rivet to rivet and then 9 inches from d-ring to d-ring.
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Saddle fitters flock, reflect and even flocking all the time. Slits are often made in the leather, and they use a long hook to work it around. It is not easy work, which is why they deserve to be paid. I have found duett's and thornhill's to work well on the very wide and straight back. A wintec or thorowgood synthetic wide saddle probably could do too. I know a friesian and a few of my fat Arabs with a very similar back.
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The flocking may settle once you've ridden in it for a while. A well made saddle should be ridden without a cloth so the sweat will help the flocking contour to the horse. Usually the first 20 rides.
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[QUOTE=LadyChevalier;5725114]I will get some pictures of just his back and shoulders tomorrow in the afternoon when the lighting is better so you guys can see what he looks like without a saddle on and then a few with the saddle again.

TinyLiny- Could you post a pic of your saddle? Just curious about the gusseted panels.(I'm still kinda a noob about english saddles/fitting lol) Also how exactly can you tell a saddle is made for a warmblood? Certain sizing, brands, or builds of the saddle?

A pad with shims sounds like a good idea in theory but, the way it rocks most of my weight will still be centered in the middle-front of the saddle instead of even pressure throughout. Not sure enough padding will "fix" it.

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