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Custom Saddles & Fit

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  • Custom Saddles & Fit

    Hi there! I've been in saddle fitting hell for a while and currently have a Custom Icon Flight on trial. It has been fitted by the Custom rep to my mare. I LOVE this saddle. I feel like I can finally get my leg on my horse and actually ride her! It seems to sit quite high over her wither though. Is this common with this model of saddle?

    Thanks for the responses - edited the title as I have more questions lol
    Last edited by BadTB; Jun. 17, 2019, 03:08 PM.

  • #2
    Yes. That saddle fits that way, great for horses with high withers. I do feel like it's high off the horse's back as well. But a very comfy saddle.

    Edited to add:I'm not a professional saddle fitter, just tried 50+ saddles in the past 10 months and many custom saddles. I rode in an Icon Flight for 2 months that didn't fit me very well but was comfy for my horse.


    • #3
      I tried a few different custom dressage models the other month and they all seemed to be high in the pommel and thus hit me in the crotch posting. I believe that the Flight was the least offensive this way, and otherwise Ioved how it felt. I might actually buy one. But you’re not wrong.


      • #4
        Before my horse's withers popped up, it seemed to sit high. Now that his withers have finally decided to catch up with the rest of him, it seems to have a more "normal" clearance. If anything, I sometimes worry it's a little too low, but that's probably because I'm so used to seeing it sit higher up.
        In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.


        • #5
          I didn't find any of the suggested opinions to be true with Custom saddles.
          I tried most of their models.
          None of them sat up high off of my horse's backs.
          My horses also not not have huge withers.

          The Flight has the curviest tree. It works for very wide slopy backs. The Steffen Advantage is the only other Custom saddle with that same tree.

          I like wide but very short coupled horses. This is the only saddle that worked for both of my horses.

          And the Icon blocks are the blocks that worked for me as well. The kidney shaped blocks turn into my quad.

          I have several friends who ride in the Icon Star. They love it.

          Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


          • #6
            There is a curvier tree and there is another model with the same tree in it but they ride very different. One thing to love/hate about Custom is things are always changing.
            Jacobson's Saddlery, LLC
            Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Fitter


            • Original Poster

              Thanks for the feedback! The Icon Flight is going back. As much as I love the feel of it, it rubs my crotch (to the point of being quite painful) when sitting the trot. Sort of interesting that it didn't do that the first couple of rides, mare also started to go worse in it when it started rubbing me. Anyway... onward! lol.

              Does anyone have any suggestions as to which model might a good fit for us? Saddle shopping is pretty limited where I am, but we do have a very good Custom rep so will be exploring other models. Mare is quite wide, with a bit of a check mark shaped flat back and large shoulder. I tried the Matrix and it was ok, but it rolled on her a bit and I found it hard to get my leg on.


              • #8
                I had the same crotch/rub experience with a couple of the models that I tried. I think I sat in 9 saddles. I decided on a Custom Advantage R. I did find that playing around with stirrup length and different seat sizes made a difference in how the saddle felt. The other model that I quite liked was the Omni but I wanted something a little deeper to support my lower back (had back surgery in 2014). The Advantage R ticked all my boxes and fits my wide, flat backed, huge shouldered, Cleveland Bay cross perfectly.


                • #9
                  The Icon Flight rubs me raw quickly. I have had great results in the Custom Wolfgang Omni. I have long legs and ride with the short block model.