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    Default Collegiate saddle fit

    Friend has this saddle for sale cheap, and I was thinking that I could use it as a trail saddle that I wouldn't feel too upset about if it got damaged. I can't decide though if the saddle is a tad too narrow or just right.

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    Tree shape seems perfect, no bridging, plenty of spinal clearance through the channel, just not sure on the width. I grew up riding in a plain flap no frills Crosby, so I have a soft spot for the older ones, even though this one looks brand new. It still has the original wax coating on most of it.
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    Looks like a pretty good fit. I'd want to know if it fits as well without a girth - still no bridging, etc. If the price is right and you like it, go for it.
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    What does the back look like? Do you have a picture from that angle? I want to say its a tad narrow, and adding a pad will just exacerbate that. See how it wants to sit a weensy bit pommel high?

    Can you take it for a test ride, and see how your horse responds to it, check out the sweat marks, feel the back, etc.?
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    I don't see any glaring issues. The one thing to check on those older style saddles is the width of the channel. Some were very narrow- which can cause issues on a horse with a broad spine.



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    I didn't think to get a picture of the back. The channel is even the whole way back, unlike a lot if older ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ainsley688 View Post
    What does the back look like? Do you have a picture from that angle? I want to say its a tad narrow, and adding a pad will just exacerbate that. See how it wants to sit a weensy bit pommel high?

    Can you take it for a test ride, and see how your horse responds to it, check out the sweat marks, feel the back, etc.?
    I plan to test ride it when I get home from vacation. I was kind of thinking that it was a touch narrow, frustrating because its only slightly too narrow.
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    Honestly for a saddle that is only occasionally used for trail rides, and with a good sized pad, I'd think it looks fine. But I'm definitely no saddle fitting guru.



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    I contacted the person that runs the saddlefitter blog, and she confirmed my feelings that it was too narrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyedragon View Post
    I contacted the person that runs the saddlefitter blog, and she confirmed my feelings that it was too narrow.
    OP- could you send me the info on that saddlefitter? I've been needing to look for one



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    Could you pm me the info for the saddle?

    Thank you



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    Quote Originally Posted by anmoro View Post
    OP- could you send me the info on that saddlefitter? I've been needing to look for one
    This is her blog: http://saddlefitter.blogspot.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGC421 View Post
    Could you pm me the info for the saddle?

    Thank you
    PM sent.
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