Can we say shark fin withers? Saddle brand suggestions.

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  1. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    So when the idea of buying Chuck was first suggested my very first question as “what about those withers?” He really has an impressive shark fin, makes him look sway backed, though he isn’t. We found that with padding and shims my Reinsman ‘fits’ him, in as much as it is OK...rather than a long term solution.

    If I could wave a magic wand I would just make one huge great shim that I could put under the saddle to make it fit, because I LOVE that Reinsman. So before we get into serious work I am going to have to find something that works better for him, and that I don’t hate!

    Now obviously this is going to be a tricky one, and pictures online aren’t going to find the best fit, so am going to have to work with the people I have to be hands on.

    I have read elsewhere that a Tucker would be a good place to start, their medium tree might be suitable, and i’m Told that they have a curve, so might fit the back as well. There is no where around here that we can haul to to try a load of saddles on, one store in the city does carry a few saddles now, so will have to hit there with a template to see what they have...I’m somewhat resigned to going through the whole buying and selling thing again from ordering online.

    Any thoughts?


    Holy shark fin

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    Tucker

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  2. hamerface

    hamerface Senior Member

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    If you could take a photo from behind and above it would help a ton. As would a straight side shot :)
     
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  3. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    Can do, when? Weather depending.....
     
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    hamerface Senior Member

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    Faster Horses Senior Member

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    @mooselady Would a custom saddle be an option? Thinking that back will benefit more from something custom than off the shelf guessing.
     
  6. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    Yikes! Throw that guy back in the ocean before he suffocates lol. Can you consult a professional fitter?
     
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  7. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    In the longer term it might be a necessity, I accept that. We both need to be fitter, and I need to be sure he is OK as a Western Dressage horse before we take that plunge.

    Not many around here in person, i’ve Reached out to some about long distance help.
     
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  8. ColorMyWorld

    ColorMyWorld Senior Member

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    It has to be western correct?
     
  9. doublelranch

    doublelranch Senior Member

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    Is there a good cut-back shim pad available from anywhere?
     
  10. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    Yup, Western

    Probably....for now I have my saddle padded and shimmed, with my Coopers Ridge pad THE SAM Western Square Pad (32″) | Coopersridge
     
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