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  1. #1
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    Default Adjusting a saddle width

    I'm seriously interested in a used Prestige Eventer...but I suspect it may be a hair too narrow. Has anyone had experience with adjusting the width? Is it more problematic to go wider than to make it more narrow?
    And who could do this adjustment? A saddle maker?



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    I've had it done -- we went a hair more narrow on mine. I would contact Patty Barnett at East Crow Saddlery and ask her about the one you are considering to get an idea of what it would cost and how practical the adjustment is on that particular saddle. http://www.eastcrowsaddlery.com/ Patty did excellent work and scheduled it with me so that my saddle was gone for only a week.

    I also remember that there is something specific about adjusting Prestige saddles that might be worth some additional searching. I know it can be done, but am not sure of the price/difficulty.

    Good luck!

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    They have to heat the tree and have specific equipment to do it. Only certain saddlers can. I know that you can send it to VTO to have it done, but local people sometimes also have the training. I know of one near me, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAevent View Post
    I'm seriously interested in a used Prestige Eventer...but I suspect it may be a hair too narrow. Has anyone had experience with adjusting the width? Is it more problematic to go wider than to make it more narrow?
    And who could do this adjustment? A saddle maker?
    Prestiges are designed to be very adjustable, so it's no big deal to adjust it one size wider. Without getting too into the technicalities, Prestige's tree points are made of metal, and they're adjusted by superheating the metal, bending the tree to the desired width, and then letting the metal cool back down.

    This process is best done by a Prestige specialist that owns the special Prestige tree-adjusting machine. VTO Saddlery (www.vtosaddlery) is my Prestige adjuster of choice, but there are a few others scattered around the US.
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