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  • What would happen if you didn't use a metal gullet in a wintec saddle

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    11-24-2013, 09:25 PM
Saddle fitting?

So I'm very curios about something .. You know those saddles that you can change the gullet on ? What would happen if you just didn't have a gullet in it ? I was thinking about it earlier and now im very curious lol !

Also , I have just rescued a mare and vet said she is an anglo arabian but might have a little qh in her lol . How would I fit her for a saddle ?

Another thing , vet said he thinks she's 4 months pregnant and told me I SHOULD be riding her while she's pregnant . But I don't know how i'm supposed to get a saddle on her ! Lol , can I just ride her around the arena lightly at a walk ? I know once she's had the baby im supposed to be riding her around the arena and have the baby follow along the mom :) That is , once the foal is at least 2-3 weeks old .
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    11-25-2013, 12:14 AM
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The gullet is a very important part. I'd imagine the saddle would widen out and "collapse" near the front if you attempted to ride without it. It could seriously damage your saddle.

Fitting the saddle to her would just be like any other horse. If you don't know how to do it, then it's likely best to get out a saddle fitter who can try on a range of saddles for you.

A good way to narrow down your saddle choices is to do a wither tracing (google it for directions) and then make a cardboard version that you can try under saddles at the saddlery. It won't be perfect, but if you can take one out of trial, or with a few day return policy you can get an idea of which saddle suits you both.

I don't know anything about riding a pregnant horse.
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    11-25-2013, 02:45 PM
You can download western saddle gullet templates free from (d/l the patterns, but YOU make the actual templates out of cardboard, plywood, or plastic.) They are SQHB, regular QHB, and FQHB. (Google that b/c I am not explaining.) But SQHB is about like medium gullet for English. Regular QHB might be a wide, and the FQHB is probably going to be XW in most English saddles.

The Wintec gullet gauge is another possibility. But it measures too narrow, say a lot of people. So if it tells you blue MW, then you might actually need a red Wide. Better to go too wide and pad up the saddle a bit than have it be too narrow. If the horse is really wide and table-backed, you might need to go the Wintec Wide series or perhaps the Thorowgood line to get something wide enough.

You can't use a changeable gullet saddle without the metal gullet plate at all, because the metal plate is part of the structure that supports the tree. There are treeless saddles. I don't know anything about them.
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    11-25-2013, 05:23 PM
Originally Posted by alorabuote    
.. You know those saddles that you can change the gullet on ? What would happen if you just didn't have a gullet in it ? .
The front arch would flex with every movement, the panel would collapse and you'd end up with a horse with a very sore back. And probably a rider with the same plus a large hole in the pocket.

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