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  1. #1
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    Question Saddler who can adjust Kieffer tree?

    I think my TB has finally passed the point of no return and needs to go up a tree size Mr Princess&thePea would probably love a "floofier", more modern saddle, but for now, my wallet and my short legs are demanding that we stick with our Kieffer Wien and its 15.5" flaps.

    I've done several forum searches and googled my fingers to aching, found lots of statements that Kieffer trees can be adjusted... but only two actual places where folks have had it done -- The Horse of Course (http://thehorseofcourse.com/home.php) and Outback Leather (http://www.mdoutbackleather.com/index.html).

    Wondering where other folks have had their Kieffers adjusted and been happy with the results? Also what you paid to have it done?

    Thanks!!



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    Dressage Extensions can alter them. Its around $100 i think


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    ^They quoted me $80 but you may want to check. I will probably be sending mine for an adjustment as soon as there is 6 ft of snow on the ground as I definitely won't be riding during that time.


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    Best of luck - those foo foo horses' needs seem to have no end.


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    Interesting. Kieffer USA quoted me $300.
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    Yes, Kieffer USA quoted me $395 as did the place my saddler recommended

    Wondering if there could possibly be that much difference in quality??



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    My friend had her Kieffer narrowed at Saddlers Row in Palatine, IL. Not sure how much it cost though. She was happy with the adjustment. They have a website so you could email to find out.


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    Saddler's Row quoted me $250



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cincinnati View Post
    ^They quoted me $80 but you may want to check. I will probably be sending mine for an adjustment as soon as there is 6 ft of snow on the ground as I definitely won't be riding during that time.
    Bumping this thread bc I just called Dressage Extensions and they confirmed that it was $80. The nice girl on the phone even went and checked with her manager to be sure.
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    fwiw it's 80 plus shipping back so about 100



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    Quote Originally Posted by mbm View Post
    fwiw it's 80 plus shipping back so about 100
    Considering it costs me about $40 to send most dressage saddles via UPS, I'd say $20 for return shipping is a steal.
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    Tony Webster in VA can do it. Virginia Saddlery, I think? Just make sure whomever you use IS authorized by Kieffer. Many of them will adjust the saddle, but if they are not TRULY authorized by Kieffer, it will void the warranty.
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    Dressage Extensions IS authorized. They are also a Kieffer dealer.



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    Did you have any luck getting your Kieffer adjusted? I need to get mine adjusted for my new mare, but haven't had any luck with these saddlers getting back to me.



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    I used Dressage Extensions. Trumbull Mtn has a great how-to for taking tracings, so I used their instructions, took pictures of the chalk marks on my horse, and sent everything to DE. I still paid a saddle fitter to come out and adjunct the flocking.
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    If your saddle is under warranty, you'll want to go with a fitter who's "approved" (for want of a better word) to do that work, or you can void the warranty. However, if the saddle's second hand and there's no warranty issue, Patty Barnett in CT does that sort of work, and does it well. All she'll need is a tracing of your horse's back taken 3 fingers' width behind the scapulae.



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