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post #1 of 18 Old 04-18-2019, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle fit

What are your thoughts?
She has lumps from previous poor saddle fit on her shoulders.
14" Smith Saddlery with ​full QH bars.
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-18-2019, 10:24 PM
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this is a mustang? or a morgan cross? She is very mutton withered, so can be a real challenge to fit.

I'm not great with saddle fit, especially western saddles. It seems really tight around the shoulders, and her back is so short that it looks like the back edge of the saddle will interfere with her hip.



I'm not sure exactly why, but it' doesn't look all that good to me.

Well done on your photos, though.

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Second picture makes me want to remove the saddle immediately...
It doesn't align correctly...
It is not straight and balanced...
Something appears crooked and seriously...
I'm not even looking at fit in regard to the horses spine...just look carefully at that saddle.
If you ran a string from center of horn to center of cantle...it isn't straight and balanced.


I'm sorry but it makes me very nervous when I see "painted" tack...
I get fluctuations of colors, scarring...but blue paint makes me want to run and hide.
Dyeing of leather is one thing, painting is something totally different to me.

I would not ride her or any horse in this saddle.
I see a sore back on the horse and a very unbalanced rider with a rider sore in many places trying to compensate for unbalanced, not aligned a posture...a twisted tree possibly is great.

No, just no..

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post #4 of 18 Old 04-18-2019, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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She's got scar tissue from poor saddle fit, it blocks view. =/
Hard to get proper pics of it, too.
Starting to see some white hairs as she sheds out.

Nevada mustang.
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Second and third look....
Your horse stands like her hips and pelvis are not aligned correctly.
She is hip high and back uneven and unlevel..


Look at all of your pictures presented closely...
Look at her shadows thrown...they all depict uneven hip/pelvis...

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Second picture makes me want to remove the saddle immediately...
It doesn't align correctly...
It is not straight and balanced...
Something appears crooked and seriously...
I'm not even looking at fit in regard to the horses spine...just look carefully at that saddle.
If you ran a string from center of horn to center of cantle...it isn't straight and balanced.


I'm sorry but it makes me very nervous when I see "painted" tack...
I get fluctuations of colors, scarring...but blue paint makes me want to run and hide.
Dyeing of leather is one thing, painting is something totally different to me.

I would not ride her or any horse in this saddle.
I see a sore back on the horse and a very unbalanced rider with a rider sore in many places trying to compensate for unbalanced, not aligned a posture...a twisted tree possibly is great.

No, just no..

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jmo...
Hmm, I don't see it.
I'm not directly behind her & she's not standing nicely. But I'll look at the saddle itself tomorrow.

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Second and third look....
Your horse stands like her hips and pelvis are not aligned correctly.
She is hip high and back uneven and unlevel..


Look at all of your pictures presented closely...
Look at her shadows thrown...they all depict uneven hip/pelvis...

...
Cocked leg, maybe?
Didn't have help to get her to stand and stay square for me.

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Cocked leg, maybe?
Didn't have help to get her to stand and stay square for me.

Sorry, I don't think so.
No matter the picture it is there if you look closely.
From with saddle to naked, I see it...


The question is what is it cause bet that has something to do with why that saddle is appearing to have a twist if you truly think it is aligned and straight...
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post #9 of 18 Old 04-18-2019, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I don't think so.
No matter the picture it is there if you look closely.
From with saddle to naked, I see it...


The question is what is it cause bet that has something to do with why that saddle is appearing to have a twist if you truly think it is aligned and straight...
...
jmo...
Hmm, okay. I'll go try and see it tomorrow when there's a break in the rain.

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Rain held out just long enough to get another set of pictures.
I don't have a long pad. Tried to move saddle back a little.
Lump and white hairs coming in.
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