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post #1 of 9 Old 02-24-2020, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Crossbreed saddle fitting

I'm from Spain and people here don't know much about western or australian riding so anyone can help me about this. I have a 14hh mare (almost 4yo) and a 18" crossbreed saddle but I think it doesn't fit her because it lifts on the back though the wither has enough room. It doesn't matter the pad, it lifts even when she's standing still. I'm thinking about buying a western saddle that fits her correctly, what should I look for in the new saddle?
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-24-2020, 09:49 PM
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Yes, that looks like a very poorly fitting saddle. It's really sitting way up high over her back. Do you have a saddle, of any type, that fits this little mare?
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Yes, that looks like a very poorly fitting saddle. It's really sitting way up high over her back. Do you have a saddle, of any type, that fits this little mare?
I have a very cheap English saddle that was used to start with her training but I tried it again yesterday without a pad and it makes contact with her wither, so it doesn't fit (It's the one in the picture)
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Oh, that's a shame. H m m . . . do you have options to look at some other saddles? She seems pretty narrow, just looking at the second photo.



I've never had any luck getting an Australian saddle to fight a hrose right. I realize that is not a helpful statement. And, it's based on only a few different saddles. But, aren't there good local Spanish saddles?
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Your horse is short backed. Since you do ride English, look for something more in keeping with the English saddle you posted, but is a better fit:)

An Arab cut saddle.

An endurance or endurance style saddle with a round skirt.

A dressage saddle.

Your western saddle is pretty but it is not for your horse. It could really sore her back up and do some damage to her spine:)
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Oh, that's a shame. H m m . . . do you have options to look at some other saddles? She seems pretty narrow, just looking at the second photo.



I've never had any luck getting an Australian saddle to fight a hrose right. I realize that is not a helpful statement. And, it's based on only a few different saddles. But, aren't there good local Spanish saddles?
I'd like a western style saddle and here it is hard to find saddlers that make custom ones. I think I have to measure her wither and go to a lot of tack stores until I find one that fits her
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Your horse is short backed. Since you do ride English, look for something more in keeping with the English saddle you posted, but is a better fit:)

An Arab cut saddle.

An endurance or endurance style saddle with a round skirt.

A dressage saddle.

Your western saddle is pretty but it is not for your horse. It could really sore her back up and do some damage to her spine:)
I don't ride English style and I like western so I'd like a western one because I ride on trails and there are lots of hills so a western is more stable than an English one, I think. Also, I like saddles with pommel because I like to carry a lead attached there in casi I fall or I need to tie her
I've found one that says it's good for short backed horses (The one in the picture) Do you think it's appropriate?
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Youíre on the right track with the saddle style but you still need to know the correct gullet size:)

If that saddle is for sale locally, it would be best to try it on your horse before buying it:).

If it is for sale on line, inquire as to what the gullet size is, then measure your horse:). You should also ask to see a photo of the underside of the saddle:)

You also need to know the seat size to be sure it will fit you:)

Hereís the link to the page on Crestridge Saddlery that gives easy measuring instructions, using a coat hanger.

How to Measure for a well fitting saddle - Crest Ridge Saddlery, LLC

Last but not least, with your mare only being four, be prepared to find the saddle that fits today, may not fit next year, lollol. Donít invest too much in a saddle just yet:)
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You’re on the right track with the saddle style but you still need to know the correct gullet size:)

If that saddle is for sale locally, it would be best to try it on your horse before buying it:).

If it is for sale on line, inquire as to what the gullet size is, then measure your horse:). You should also ask to see a photo of the underside of the saddle:)

You also need to know the seat size to be sure it will fit you:)

Here’s the link to the page on Crestridge Saddlery that gives easy measuring instructions, using a coat hanger.

How to Measure for a well fitting saddle - Crest Ridge Saddlery, LLC

Last but not least, with your mare only being four, be prepared to find the saddle that fits today, may not fit next year, lollol. Don’t invest too much in a saddle just yet:)
Thank you very much for all the info. It's really helpful
The saddle on the pic is 370€ so it's a good price. I have to measure my mare and the saddle as well. I don't want her to be hurt
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