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I'm now on a saddle hunt for my gelding. He's a low-withered, flat backed, round barelled, 16.2hh carriage horse and I'm wondering would the Tekna S Line GP saddle fit him well? What are your experiences with Tekna saddles in general? Thanks a lot for opinions. :)
 

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If your horse has a back anything like mine (0 withers, flat back, and wide) you want something with non-curvy panels and a flatter angle to the bars.

The Tekna might be something to try to fit, but looking at the photos, it might be a bit too curvy, and the angle of the bars look not that flat. But, I'm just looking at google images!

I really want to get my hands on a Bates. The panels look straighter to me, and from the google images I find, the bars are also at a flatter angle!
 

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You're right, I need the panels as non-curvy as possible. A shame I can't really see them and try them on - it's either ordering online or nothing!
My local tack shop really doesn't stock saddles suitable for the type of back my horse has...
 

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I know how you feel!

Some of the thorowgood GP saddles have flat panels as well - I think they even have a "broadback" model
 

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Yeah, I'm looking into Thorowgoods as well - only problem, I have an outline of my horses back taken and it seems to be wider than their extra wide gullet. Maybe I'm doing something wrong and should contact a Thorowgood consultant...
 

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Holy moly you have a WIDE horse then!

Here is my Thorowgood with the XW plate:






Do you have pics of your horses back at all?

I love saddle shopping for other people!

This is the Tekna S Line GP, right?


It looks like the panels might be a bit curvy.
As opposed to this: (Bates Momentum)


Wintec makes a "wide" model (XW, XXW, XXXW?) as those gullets are not made to fit the standard wintec saddles.

Pulled this off of Google (YAY google) and it might interest you as well:
 

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Good point, I should take a better picture of his back, but this is the best I have right now to give some insight -



His dark bay withers to give an idea of the general shape:



Side view -



And the outline of his back -



Compared to the Thorowgood saddle gullet shapes, the "head" of his withers is rounder and wider than they offer.
And you're right, when compared to other saddles, the Tekna GP ones really do seem to have more curve to them!
 

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The Wintec Wide gullets are actually 2XW, 3XW and 4XW, chaps. Don't ask me which colour's which cos I can't remember :)

As far as Thorowgood goes, you may find the XW gullet will be wide enough. Draught/draught x types often carry a lot of fat behind the shoulder and to get an accurate width you have to press whatever you're using as a template firmly downwards, trying to get at the muscle beneath which is the horse's true shape. The same applies if you have an actual gullet plate to try out.

I wouldn't have thought what you might consider the fairly narrow angle at the apex of the gullet will cause a problem. So-called 'hoop' trees, which basically have a semi-circular apex, are useful for horses with over-developed muscle high up near the top of the wither, but yours doesn't seem to have this issue.

What may cause more of an issue than the general back profile, which admittedly looks on the flat side of 'average', is that the horse appears slightly croup high. The danger this poses when using flatter trees is it biases the saddle pommel down which tends to throw the rider's weight forward. A flock adjust will often cure this but that's obviously difficult where you're situated.
 

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Thanks a lot! It's a shame I can't actually try a Thorowgood! Feels risky to just order a saddle online, although I might just have to do that. We only have one decent tack shop, which mostly carries saddles for the narrow, high withered types, and only one saddler, who is actually not that good and very expensive. But I've crossed Teknas out, at least. I'm also not considering Wintecs, as I've read one too many poor reviews and experiences about them, although I realize they might fit my boy by width.
 

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The Wintec Wide gullets are actually 2XW, 3XW and 4XW, chaps. Don't ask me which colour's which cos I can't remember :)
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The old version of Wintec Wide starts at Wide (red) and can use XW (white) and the 3 purple ones and the New version starts at a pink colour which is actually the same width as the XW (white) old version.

I had the old and New version of the Wintec Wides. The New one is far better and fits my haflingers brilliants (wide, low withered and barrel shaped). I use the extra wide (white) on my Mare and the 2xw on the filly.

Not a great photo, but here's my New version on the filly
 

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I am considering a Thorowgood Cob saddle again, because it seems that the widest gullets should fit after all. Will probably order one (and hope it comes in whole :D ), but at first I'll just browse around, maybe I can get a good second hand saddle.
 
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I am considering a Thorowgood Cob saddle again, because it seems that the widest gullets should fit after all. Will probably order one (and hope it comes in whole :D ), but at first I'll just browse around, maybe I can get a good second hand saddle.
I have a Thorowgood cob dressage saddle and I like it :)(great fit for the haffies), but it does have a wider twist and two of my friends struggle with it's width.
 

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Thanks for the tip. :) It's so frustrating I can't try them, though!! Maybe I should just take up driving. :D
 

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Thanks, DA, but the thing is - I'm from Eastern Europe and we have only one decent tack shop in my country, which doesn't stock Tekna, Thorowgood, Wintec and many, many other brands - mostly only high-end German brands for narrow horses, and a couple of synthetic cheapies. I have an option to try on an Eric Thomas jump saddle, but it looks too plastic for my taste.
 

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Thanks, DA, but the thing is - I'm from Eastern Europe and we have only one decent tack shop in my country, which doesn't stock Tekna, Thorowgood, Wintec and many, many other brands - mostly only high-end German brands for narrow horses, and a couple of synthetic cheapies. I have an option to try on an Eric Thomas jump saddle, but it looks too plastic for my taste.

Does Equestrian clearance ship to Europe? FAQs | Equestrian Clearance

free Global shipping at the moment!

they stock Teckna http://www.equestrianclearance.com/c/Horse/Tack/Saddles

(although, I'm not keen on them)
 

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Equestrian clearance does ship to Europe and I've used their services before, but I'm not so sure I should be ordering a Tekna anymore, as somebody pointed out that their panels are a bit too curvy for truly flat-backed horses. I've got my mind set on Thorowgood Cob models now, and will probably order one from Robinsons Equestrian or from Old Mills Saddlery (they ship to Europe as well), if I find nothing well fitting locally. I'm totally not in a hurry, though, and my gelding doesn't complain for not being ridden as much. :D
 
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