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post #1 of 10 Old 07-10-2019, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle fit help, please =D

I have two English saddles on trial atm and have been trying them on the horses they're intended for. One is a 17'', medium-wide, all-purpose for a QH mare, and the other is a 15'', wide, all-purpose for a Gotland pony. My first impression of the saddle on the QH was that it fit pretty well overall - looking back at the pictures now I think the weight of a rider would be centered a little far back, but I think that I had the saddle up on her shoulders a bit far?
Pony saddle - too wide I think, the front of the saddle was pretty much resting right on her withers.

Pictures attached of both horses wearing the saddles.

Any and all input welcome. I am unfortunately very far from knowledgeable on any of this but am trying to find a good fit for them both.
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The first saddle on the first horse is a bit narrow I'd have to see the shoulders. That last saddle on the smaller horse is too wide, comes down on the horse's withers.

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The first saddle on the first horse is a bit narrow I'd have to see the shoulders. That last saddle on the smaller horse is too wide, comes down on the horse's withers.
Right, thanks. We'll be trying a different one for the pony then. Would you say the narrowness on the other one is bad enough to make that saddle a no-go? I do have some pics of her without the saddle, if that helps any.
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Hmmmm, I would not use it, not horribly narrow, you could get by, horse might be okay with it. If it's just on loaner, try to find a perfect fit.

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I would pass on both saddles...
The one on the horse, the channel is to narrow and it doesn't fit its deepest point where it should either.
I get the saddle may not be placed in just the right spot, that then will make a off-fit more pronounced.
The under-panel is not balanced "stuffed" either and that is a problem. Look closely at it and how it hugs your horses back or not. The symmetry is wrong.


The pony saddle is to wide, period.
There is also something about the look of that pony saddle that tells me to run away...
Something about that tree is not right...splayed, sprung...something about how it looks unsupported bothers me.
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Your horses back does appear to be left-side pronounced with a shoulder blade prominent and a bit more fuller, rounded, sprung ribcage/barrel.
Those can affect fit so do be aware when looking but it is not so big a difference that it can not be worked with.
There are shadows in your pictures that may emphasize that slightly off build, but....
But, we are all left or right side dominant and this just proves that fact seen.
You just need to look as you are for a better fit...
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Neither saddle fits, IMO. Shape is wrong on the first horse once the back is seen without a saddle. That horse has pronounced withers and the saddle is too flat.

The second one is just all wrong, too big, wrong shape, hitting withers.


This is a clear and concise video for fitting English style saddles.

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I strongly agree with HLG.

Both of these look like they're Far East made. The second definitely is, and I suggest you try holding the front and trying to force the arch in and out to see if there's any movement - looking at it I suspect there will be. Width is often a giveaway. The majority are made as medium fit but because the arches are weak they stretch in use, even if they don't actually break, so they rarely last long, in my experience. The first looks a little better - I can't read the cantle badge - but if the stirrup bars are riveted together rather than made in one piece then again it's not very well made and is more likely to cause problems than not.

Sorry to be so negative but I see quite a lot of this type of saddle because the price-point is usually attractive. Unfortunately they rarely fit anything because of the tree and panel shapes, and if they do fit it's not very well :(
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Thank you so much @waresbear , @horselovinguy , @AnitaAnne , and @unclearthur ! I have a much clearer idea of what to look for now. I'm not in a particular hurry to buy so I'll just keep trying out saddles until I find a good fit.

Might have more pics and questions coming next week then :)

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