September 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm
I desperately need help finding a saddle to fit my TB gelding. He is very big, and looks like a warmblood. My saddle that fit him in the spring no longer fits and he is very sore because of it. I borrowed an optimus adjustable tree saddle from a local shop, and the medium wide tree fit and the back rested nicely on his back, but the pommel of the saddle was literally 4″ off his wither. His withers are relatively low, and he is a medium wide tree, and he’s also 1 1/2″ downhill…. any suggestions for brands that may fit? I don’t want to keep borrowing one saddle at a time to try it…. I also ride hunter jumpers. Any ideas?
Put your ass on some class, ride a Thoroughbred.September 4, 2013 at 11:11 pmlizTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
give the folks at the Reactorpanel Saddle Co a call. They are absolutely great and are fanatics about saddle fit. I have a Reactorpanel saddle that I’ve had I guess for about ten years. These saddles are designed to spread weight better, can be adjusted for horses that are assymetricical, etc. You can find them online under Reactorpanel.September 5, 2013 at 11:18 amDragon TeaTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 18
I don’t know where you are located but I would look up local saddle fitters. They will come out and fit your horse to the T and then suggest saddles for you to look at to purchase or they might have one for you to buy.
My horse had an issue where he needed a MW tree but with panels since he really is a Medium tree. Most of my saddles would sink down because they ended up being too wide so my mistake was to think he needed a narrower tree which in the end ended up hurting his back. I had a saddle fitter come out and he explained I needed a MW tree but with panels underneath to help fit snugly around him. It fits perfect! He’s slightly downhill as well.
My saddle for my odd fit was: Black Country Saddle:
Also, if you can find a used Harry Dabbs jump saddle or all purpose they tend to fit a ton of backs! I have one and it fits almost every horse I put it on.September 5, 2013 at 11:21 ambethTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 2
Check to see if you have a County Saddle rep in your area. They are experts at saddle fitting and you might be able to get a used/demo saddle. If not, I would do a search for a saddle fitter in your area- especially if your horse’s back is already sore. It will be well worth the money and you will save on vet or chiropractic care.September 5, 2013 at 11:26 amTheFoxRiderTopics Started: 7Replies Posted: 28
I would suggest consulting with a saddle fitter (of some form) as well – I have a TB who sounds similar who was also tough to fit. I’ve had good luck with a Courbette flex tree saddle on her – others with spring trees fit (often with a half pad with thinline shim in the back), but she is the most free and comfortable with the flex tree. If he changes size often, I would also consider using a shimmable half pad system like the thinline trifecta (LOVE mine!) so you can help prevent soreness as he changes shape. Though my saddles fit both my mares well, I like having the thinline under the saddle for both my own comfort and peace of mind for them.
Visit my horse care and product review blog at: www.keepcalmhorsecare.blogspot.comSeptember 5, 2013 at 11:32 am
Ditto the suggestion on working with a knowledgeable saddle fitter. If you don’t have one in your area, please let me know where you are, and I’ll see if I can give you a name. If there’s no one in your area, fitting can be done long-distance through the use of back templates and photos by a shop or fitter who has the experience and ability to work that way. ( and both have experienced long-distance fitters who could help you.
"It's saddle fitting - not rocket science."September 5, 2013 at 11:34 am
Sorry, the links I posted didn’t come through! Equestrian Imports and Panther Run Saddlery are the two places who have great success in doing long-distance fitting.
"It's saddle fitting - not rocket science."September 5, 2013 at 11:42 am
I am in upstate NY about 30 minutes south of Albany.
I looked at Black Country and they are WAY to expensive. I’m a college student and don’t have $2,000+ to spend. I need to stay under $1,000.
Put your ass on some class, ride a Thoroughbred.September 5, 2013 at 11:48 am
Panther Run Saddlery is probably closest, though you can contact Kate Wilson at Dutchess Bridle and Saddle and see what she has. You may want to consider a Thorowgood high-wither model (the T8 is about $895 new) – Kate carries those. They’re synthetic, have conformation-specific features for the high withered horses, and offer a flocked panel and changeable gullet (way nicer than the Wintecs in quality and fit IMO). Kate also might have something used. You can also contact Annette Gavin at Hastilow USA – she also carries the Thorowgoods, and has some used saddles as well. Good luck!
"It's saddle fitting - not rocket science."September 5, 2013 at 11:50 am
I will definitely give them a call. He is low and wide… and I’d prefer leather. Thanks!
Put your ass on some class, ride a Thoroughbred.September 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm
If he’s really broad, Michelle, a Duett might be worth considering. They’re built on a hoop-type tree that’s broader across the pommel arch, and work well for the horses who have low and beefy withers. They’re an Argentine-made saddle, good value for the money, and some of the models are priced right around what you want to pay.
"It's saddle fitting - not rocket science."September 5, 2013 at 3:00 pmLeslieTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 44
Kate Wilson is excellent and very thorough, and she does travel up that way. I didn’t buy my saddle from her but she checked the fit of the one I had, adjusted the flocking and the tree for me so now it fits perfectly. Before I had the tree adjusted she made me wedge shaped inserts for my saddle pad which is a nice option if you have a horse who is changing shape or perhaps can’t afford to buy another saddle at the time.
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