Dressage saddle with half panels for stocky horses
Does anyone out there have a saddle with half panels? I have a very stocky flat backed gelding and was considering a saddle with this kind of paneling. The manufacturer told me they are meant to fit such horses.
So, what do you think? Do the half panels help fit the saddle? Have you noticed a difference in saddle fit with ½ panels verses full panels?
Also, do the half panels affect the resale value if I decide to sell?
(2) Do all the County Warmblood models have super-long flaps? I've been interested in them for my Arab but they seem to have very long flaps and I'm a munchkin.
The half panel just has panels along the back, but NOT down over the shoulders.
They come in regular (which IS long) but you can also find short-flap models.
Mine was a County WB2000 with a short flap. I sold it in good condition with brand new panels for $1300. If you can find one they are cheap. And it fit practically every horse except something with tall withers. Unfortunately it did not fit me.
Northern Virginia, 45 minutes east of paradise - 2 hrs during rush hour
I have a bond street saddle which has panels only along the gullet. It has a hoop tree as well so is made for the wide bodied horse. It is adjustable with a key from about about a what would be a wide in the wintec saddles to the XXW wintec gullet. It has thermogel in the panels so it's very forgiving to the back.
It's a very interesting saddle. I bought it for my son (it's a 19 inch) to ride my percheron.
I no longer have a use for it if anyone is interested
"The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"
"...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x