Saddle Fitter is Coming Out Today

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  1. Faster Horses

    Faster Horses Senior Member

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    I mean, most of us here aren't professionals, but maybe share a few fit pics of what you currently have? Maybe we can help.
     
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    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    Well I agree with her assessment of my Pessoa saddle not fitting him. I just need to know what other brand to try that may fit his spine in the way my collegiate does. Pessoa is too narrow, not in the gullet area but along the spine.
     
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  3. CarlisleChipper

    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    I’m going to Dover at the end of April. Perhaps I can just pick up a saddle there and take it home on trial. I think I’m only about 60 miles from the store. I could buy a new saddle in the $800-$1000 price range or a bit more assuming I get asking price for my Pessoa.
     
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  4. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    @CarlisleChipper I’m sorry you’re fitting didn’t go according to plan. That’s very unfortunate for sure. New saddles billets tend to be stiff for sure - even demo ones, but the billets should t sit over the blocks, if the saddle fits the horse properly. An hour for a horse with 2 saddles, is definitely not enough time. Is the lady taking your DR saddle home for a full reflock? Or is it an onsite adjustment?

    Feel free to PM me if you’d like to discuss. I do offer saddle fittings remotely - it’s not as good as in person, but I don’t just say “well it doesn’t fit” as that doesn’t serve anyone any bit of good.
     
  5. CarlisleChipper

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    It was just an on-site reflocking. Underneath the stirrup bars needed some additional padding. I also learned collegiate uses synthetic wool. And I learned Pessoa uses foam so she couldn’t do anything for that saddle anyways. I really would have liked to ask her if there was a padding option to hold me over with the Pessoa although I’ve found removing all half pads and using a regular pad makes Henry most comfortable. People made sure to chime in about his bucking extravaganza that one day on XC that never happened again and him rushing fences that has resolved since treating ulcers. He really seems fine with the Pessoa aside from the dry marks where the saddle is too narrow. My plan for now is to go to Dover and bring my dressage saddle so I can compare the undersides with the same brand of CC saddles. Collegiate and Pessoa are both low cost high quality saddles that have lasted me over 10 years each with really good resale values so I see no need at this time to purchase saddles that cost more than my horse is even worth! Know what I mean!

    I’m glad my dressage saddle fits us both well. At least there is that.
     
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  6. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Converting to wool and widening channels is a possibility, if the fitter knows how to do it (it’s not too hard). Many fitters don’t want to be bothered though, so this is likely the case. But I can’t say for sure as I don’t understand where it’s too narrow.

    It’s not easy comparing saddles, but I bid you the best of luck in your search.
     
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  7. CarlisleChipper

    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    This channel is too narrow. 990C29CD-76C8-4792-9F0B-BFFFD03F5CB7.png
     
  8. CarlisleChipper

    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    I’m sorry I’m not good at describing it.:unsure:
     
  9. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    The channel being too narrow makes sense. It’s fixable. Here’s one I just did recently - converted it from foam to wool and widened the channel. I liked the tree on the horse & knew this would make it fit. The owner was very happy, as she said she loved the saddle & couldn’t buy a new one for the cost of this work.

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  10. CarlisleChipper

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    8BBEF42F-04F5-4B19-A7CB-A411609C6193.jpeg 947FEA2A-CAD2-488E-AF92-9969E678819E.jpeg B372A65C-B302-44FF-A089-D2BAE445E139.jpeg AF4449FE-2981-4D9B-BFFE-68691E299BCC.jpeg DCD069A8-6489-468F-B9C0-C7680983ED22.jpeg 9971AC37-B3C7-4FD8-A43E-820CA22A799D.jpeg 889E7B05-00E6-481A-B593-6C098FE6DB18.jpeg 10858507-7AD0-44A2-A5AD-2B10E36F7AE0.jpeg A4CEE579-E4BB-45D8-9AD7-2327C0BF7C3F.jpeg Ok I took some pictures today before my lesson. In addition to the channel being too narrow, Henry’s right shoulder pinched on the saddle. Even if it is slid back, which is how I ride in it. The left shoulder is clear but the right shoulder is not. He is over developed on the right side in general but I’m not sure if this physical attribute of his will ever change. It is muscle not bone. Please if anyone has had this problem please advise because I feel like all saddles will pinch him there because it’s *his* issue and not the saddles.
     

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