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post #11 of 23 Old 01-07-2012, 04:50 PM
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I would strongly advise against buying a saddle online, period.
Every saddle needs to be professionally fitted to the horse.

Try craigslist.org, equine.com, horseclicks.com, equinenow.com, dreamhorse.com ... you can choose your area and look at saddles online but actually go try them and see them before you buy them.

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post #12 of 23 Old 01-07-2012, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not anywhere near any "horsey" areas, and there is practically nothing around me, much less English. I've looked around online for a saddle that I can try on trial, but the saddles I've found available for trial have been out of my price range.
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Can you post some pic of the horse's back, a side shot with him standing squarely and one by the shoulder to show the angle sloping down from behind his withers where the saddle would sit. Try to have his head in a fairly neutral positon.
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I would strongly advise against buying a saddle online, period.
There is no problem buying one if return is allowed.

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This may sound like a dumb question, but how hard is it to switch out the gullets in a wintec?
I never tried, but it's not terribly difficult from what people say. The problem though changeable gullets unfortunately not an answer to all. You have to look at how the saddle sits on shoulders and along the back. Wintec was a bad fit for both of my horses, and changing gullets didn't help (although yes, you have some flexibility :) ).

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Thanks. My horse is very narrow and hard to find one that fits him well enough. I've just been using extra padding to help keep it off his withers as much as possible.
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Leather saddle for $300-400 is most likely a junk. Just keep it in mind. They look nice and new, but the leather is a bad quality (usually very stiff) and not a good fit.

The Stubben looks nice (although again price looks quite low) BUT how narrow 27 cm tree is?? From what I know 31 is medium or may be even narrow-medium (my horses go in 32 that is medium-wide kinda). So 27 should be very narrow then...? I'd do some research for sure.

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What about this place? Consignment Saddles

They have Crosby for $400, new(!) MTs on clearance for $600+, etc. Plus you can do tracing and send there for recommendations. I bet they allow trials too. :)

This is another place with jumping saddles in $500+ range. Used Jump Saddles for Sale - Seat Size 17 inches I worked with them before: they give recommendations based on tracings sent and have a great trial policy (and just pleasant to work with over-all).

BTW, with consignment stores you can always ask for lower price to see if the owner of the saddle would agree.

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The only one that'd work for me on that first link is on trial.. So I'll check back. On the second link it says they don't currently sell through their online shopping cart.. Though I do like that wintec at the bottom. I really appreciate you trying to help me find a saddle, thanks!
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