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post #1 of 7 Old 05-19-2011, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Flat Backed Pony English Saddle.. Any Good Makes?

Hi there,

i've just found myself a beautiful little loan pony (5 year old 13.3hh fjord mare) but the down side is, She really flat backed and has barely any wither!
she came with tack but the GP saddle she came with clearly doesn't fit (balance not right and slips)
i've tried her her in a few saddles we had down the yard but all the "normal" types of saddles didn't fit... i tired friends saddle which is designed for flat backed ponies, which fitted like a glove... but sadly i can't borrow it because she uses it on her own pony.

so i was wondering if anyone knew any good brands of flat backed fatty pony saddles...? : )
I don't really want to spend a lot of money on a saddle for a loan pony as i will only have her for a year but understand how important it is to have a correct fitting saddle for her and me!
her being so young i'd prefer not to mess up her back... i'm also open to other suggestions (saddle pads, treeless.. ect.)

I'm looking for a brand so i can buy a second hand one because with two ponies there is never much money spare! so if you know of any flat back second hand pony saddles for sale in the uk (Essex area) i'm looking for something between 0-200....

Thanks!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-20-2011, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hi thanks for the reply!
i'm not sure if it's the right saddle for me because, or though i'm currently only schooling her on the flat i would like to progress on to jumping and things like that? and in your review you mention that they can slip alot? because freia doesn't have much in the way on withers her back is pretty much a barrel... what type of non slip pads do they do? : )
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Hi there,

My morgan has almost no withers and the saddle doesn't slip on him. Treeless saddles CAN tend to slip, but if you use the right pads, that helps a great deal. I personally have a sheepskin bottomed pad made by a company called Christ (yeah, I know!), but there are others. I haven't tried using a "sticky" pad under the regular pad, but some people do. I'm sure there is a Freeform distributor in the UK -- you could see about doing a trial...they offer that here.

I really wouldn't recommend serious jumping in a treeless, however, as I mentioned in my blog post. When I was still jumping Gryphon (he was very round at the time...a little overweight!), the best saddle I found for him was a County. Fit him great, though for me, the balance wasn't as good as my Pessoa. That's very individual, though, so it might work great for you. Very nicely made saddles and they come really wide.

Keep me posted on how you do in your search!

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so i was wondering if anyone knew any good brands of flat backed fatty pony saddles...? : )
Dunno about brands, but I think if you try something that's described as "close contact", they fit better on a flatter backed horse/pony as they have flatter panels.

Not 100% sure on that, just remembering a fjord pony from many years ago!

Other things (if the saddle isn't causing a problem to the pony's back, but is just slipping) would be breast plate (stops the saddle sliding back) or a crupper (stops the saddle sliding forward)

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Lobelia,

Close contact just refers to a jumping saddle in general. There are many, many close contact saddles that are narrow and would not fit a wide-backed horse. And, the problem with the wide horses tends to be that the saddle rolls from side to side. Breast collars don't help much with this problem.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-22-2011, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm! so much to think about... i thought about close contact saddles but i've never seen/ridden in one so i don't really know much about the fit and things like that

my saddle slips from side to side rather than back to front.

i've spoken to the owner and she said that she had a breast plate and a crupper on her but it didn't help much.

the saddle that fit her well and I rode in was a Exselle pony Mrk I XW...
but the website is currently down so i don't know how much they are ect.

my friend also said about maybe getting a anti slip numnah..?

i'm a little lost to be honest... it's all a little confusing! i've always had fairly easy horse's to saddle!
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Try looking into Thorowgood saddles.. they make a 'cob' saddle specifically designed for the wider ponies, and I believe they're reasonably common in the UK (US here, so don't quote me on that..). You can also try looking for saddles marketed for drafts, as they're frequently wider and flatter than the average horse.
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