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post #1 of 8 Old 07-25-2008, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle Fit.......help!

I bought this saddle last fall, and now I'm realizing that it doesn't fit. I'm wondering how far off it is from fitting, and if there is any way to fix it with a pad? I really hate to get rid of this saddle because I love it. It is a good well made saddle and very comfortable! I think the main problem is that there is not enough clearance above the withers and the top of the saddle, gullet area......I'm wondering would using a built-up cut-back saddle pad fix this. Because if it was built up it would lift the saddle up some and if it was cut away it would seem like it might give you some clearance. But even if I did get it up off the withers a little could there still be a problem back somewhere else along the spine? I'm pretty sure I never get dry spots when riding in this saddle.

Here are some pics even though I know it's probably hard to tell much.
Would appreciate any info.




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post #2 of 8 Old 07-25-2008, 11:07 AM
 
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I'm afraid that if the saddle really doesn't fit the only option is to buy a new one...
Fixing it with a pad is only a quick fix and won't do any good the long line. It's important that a saddle fits properly and you can prevent a lot of problems by having a good fit.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-25-2008, 11:40 AM
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First off welcome to the forum and Nice horse! I love the greys!

I also really like that saddle, its sharp!

What made you realize that it didn't fit? Does your horse have any discomfort or is it just the clearance?
Before I went and sold my fav. saddle I'd go ahead and try the pads you suggested. RIde him out and check the sweat marks and perhaps get a saddle fitter out to help. The build up/cut out pads shouldn't affect how the bars distribute the weight over the spine but of course double check that too.
Saddle fit is not an easy task. I wish you good luck!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-25-2008, 01:08 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

There is no question that your saddle does not fit your horse. I'm going through the same problem with a saddle that I love but doesn't fit my new gelding. What I've done is to use a build up pad for his withers. This gets the saddle in the right place off his withers and shoulders. It should be fine. The saddle looks like a Tex Tan (Herford) and they have a tendency to run large.

It may be just the pictures but your horse could use some mussel. His weight looks OK just needs some work in the back end. That may help a little but the saddle will still be too wide.

If your saddle has a 7" gullet and FQH bars, that may be the reason. He looks like he could use a semi-qh bar and a 6 1/2" gullet.

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-25-2008, 01:14 PM
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Welcome to the Horse Forum! Pretty horse.
Hm, I don't think a pad would do the trick for very long.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-25-2008, 05:01 PM
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Saddle pads are not normally the answer to an ill fitting saddle, BUT even though your saddle is too wide for your horse, I like the angle of the bars, they follow nicely with the angle of your horse's shoulder. I think you just might get away with a built up pad as you mentioned... Give it a try, Check out your sweat marks.. horses's attitude, etc....
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-25-2008, 06:12 PM
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All really good advice given. I know nothing about western saddle fitting but from the pictures you posted you can easily see the saddle is to wide. I think that even putting much thicker pad underneath would not be a fix. In the pictures it looks like your saddle was sitting directly on this withers so with the added weight of a rider, I don't know that a thick pad would give you enough clearance.

Sorry I'm not more useful.

It looks like you have quite a nice saddle. Would trading it in be an option?
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-26-2008, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info people!
I'm thinking I had better replace my saddle to get the best fit. Although a new pad might help.....it wouldn't fix it perfectly and it would be another 60-100 dollars spent.
She does kind of act like something is bothering her sometimes when I lope. I don't really know if she is just cranky sometimes or if the saddle is causing pain, but I'm going to try to get a new saddle to make sure.
I was also thinking semi QH bars would be a good choice. But do ya'll think regular QH bars would work? Because a lot of the saddles I look at have regular QH bars or Full QH bars and I know full is out of the question. I really love roping saddles, and I'm not finding many with semi QH bars.
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