Is there a way to make this saddle work? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 02-08-2014, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a way to make this saddle work?

A wonderfully kind family member "donated" this saddle to me. Could someone with more saddle savvy tell me if there is a way I can make this saddle work if I'm creative with padding. We just do trail now, mostly walk-trot-canter stuff, hop over a few streams and logs. Nothing terribly strenuous. Our longest trail rides are usually five miles--well were. We're going to have to work up to that again.

I won't get into it on here, but I have had some horrible financial struggles. All my horse money went to vet bills when Diamond was ill this year, and his last saddle died probably 1 1/2 years ago. I rode bareback for a few months, then he was too ill to ride and now he is 100% better health wise and it's just work getting him fat and toned. He lost all muscle definition on his back and neck and we're working to building it back up--so these photos show him with a very weak back.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-08-2014, 06:30 PM
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from what i can see that saddle is fitting him pretty well. you have wither clearance without it being too narrow or pinchy in the gullet, and the panels down the front flaps of the saddle seem to be conforming to his side nicely from the portion i can see. nice clearance down his back along the channel too. when he is back in condition and his topline is filled out it may not fit though, so be prepared for that.

IMO i would pull the pad up into the space under the gullet of the saddle when riding (not sure if you put the pad like that just for saddle photos or not), as it will create better air flow and be more comfortable for your horse.
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-08-2014, 08:12 PM
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it does not look like a bad fit. What kind of saddle is it? in some phottos, it looks like it might be a bit crooked, like the view from the cantle. and it's uber stuffed, in the panels, no?

in any case, i'd just ride in it for a bit and see if your horse becomes sore . I know that sounds a bit lame, but since you have no real other option, what more can you do? it does not look like it needs shimming.

the only thing I can't see if is the clearance for the wither bone, on top of the wither bone, is good all they way along. it looks ok on the sides of the wither bone, but cannot tell about the upper part. can you put your fingers in there and make sure you have enough vertical clearance that wehn you put your weight in the saddle, it won't push down on top of his wither nbone?
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