I am looking for a saddle that would fit my high withered TB/WB. Currently we have tried a Tucker Meadow Creek and a Crates trail saddle. Neither has enough clearance on the withers, both are medium or semiqh. Just a little too low. So, has anyone found something that fits their high wither horse? We just trail ride. Thanks for your help!
I bought a Crates Reining saddle and it fits my sharkfin withered TB. Unfortunately it kills me to ride in it, wrong twist I think. I tried a lot of saddles before I found one that actually fit the TB body type.
Ok, you will probably not like this suggestion,lol. I bought a saddle from Mr Saddle on ebay for $300 and it fits my Tb well. Good wither clearance, sets on his back nicely. It is not the best made saddle out there, but it does have a wood tree (supposedly) and I've had no problems with it. I use it for lessons, etc. Good sweat pattern...just a suggestion.
I have a very nice high withered roping saddle that fits my thoroughbreds well...
What's really important isn't always the height of the withers but the shape of them. If the horse has high withers that end before the girth begins then you need a high withered saddle. If the withers extend past the sholders then the saddle will rest on the sholder and neck nerves and pinch them regardless of how high the tree is. If it is the second issue an Aussi stock saddle should fit. They have a hollow air channel down the length of the horses spine supported on both sides by padding. You can get them with full length western style sturrups and a horn so all that's different is the forward seat.
What you want to do is try the saddle on without a pad, cinch it up and sit in it. See if you can get your fingers under all the edges (So they aren't biting in) and under the tree and back end. If you don't have room for fingers between the saddle and the withers when seated it's not a good fit and no amount of padding will help.
Post a picture of his back?
I have a Teskey's cutting saddle that has good clearance for my retired OTTB. We trail ride too...but only around the pasture since venturing off the property sends him into a fit!
Try taking pics of his back and take it in to a big tack store. At my local place the sales people are really helpful and will even let you try a saddle on before you buy. I've seen people park their trailer in the parking lot and try the saddle on right out in front!