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post #1 of 15 Old 05-26-2020, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle fit

Hi, I have a 15hh standardbred and am looking at getting another saddle for her. She came with an abetta saddle but I am looking to get another one. When she came to me she was underweight and now that she has filled out I can’t tell if the gullet fits her. I would get her fitted but there are no saddle fitters in the area so I’m out of luck.. the saddle she has now has full qtr horse bars. I’ve attached some pictures below with the saddle on and one of her back.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-26-2020, 04:45 PM
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To me the saddle is a tad forward of where I would like to see it...otherwise...
Its not a bad fit.
Wither clearance seen.
Not seeing a "pinch" of to tight with it just sitting there.
I would not be using a thick saddle pad myself but a thinner pad or doubled blanket if that.
To much padding will make the saddle pitch and pinch.
Wish you had shown a rear forward facing picture so we could see how and where the gullet lies on the spine better...
It is not only how the front of a saddle sits that makes a fit or not...
It is how the entire saddle sits and fits the horses shoulder, back, spine and sides that tell the story.
No saddle fit standards exist today so brand to brand sizing can change and does.
It can be trial and error finding a fit that works well, but your mare is not a strange shape or exhibit things that would make fit difficult..

If you can go to a saddle shop, sit in a few saddles that fit you then ask that store if they can bring them to your barn for a horse fit... a serious potential sale can make a lot of good happen.
Or, ask if you can trailer the horse to the store and have a safe location/place to unload for trying saddles and you would like to sit on them and ride a bit cause it feels different sitting on a wooden horse versus the real thing moving under you.
Major saddle companies have saddle reps who are decent at fitting saddles, just recognize they are going to push their products..
You can find that with fitters too if they are affiliated with any companies and get a kickback or perk from selling a particular something or other.
Stores know when and what days those reps will be at their store or they can arrange a time and date if seriously looking/buying will result in a sale.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-26-2020, 05:00 PM
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I agree; the saddle is fine. Though she filled out, her back shape is still the same. She's a gorgeous, healthy looking horse, btw.
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-26-2020, 05:39 PM
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As the saddle is too far forward (the weight bearing part of it should be behind the scapula), you really can't tell how it fits.
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-26-2020, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you! I’m going to get more pictures to post when I get home. The closest saddle shop in my area is over an hour away and just sells English tack so I’ve been researching the best that I could online. I found a used Dakota saddle online that I really like and is full Qh bars but I’ve heard mixed reviews. I’ve also been looking at Circle Y saddles with flex trees.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-29-2020, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, my friend let me borrow her Dakota to see how it fit my horse. I took pictures of it on her back not cinched up, pictures of no pad and it cinched up, and a pad and all. I also walked her around and it didn’t move forward or backwards. I think it fits her but I would like a second opinion.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-29-2020, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Just the saddle
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-29-2020, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle with cinch
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-29-2020, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle with pad and cinch
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-30-2020, 02:48 AM
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Again, saddle needs to be back far enough to be clear of the scapula.

1st pic is an eg of approx scapula placement & where saddle tree should sit in relation(disregard arrows) & second pic shows how far back the top of it can move when the leg is in extension.
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