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What saddle do you ride your Spanish horses in?

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  • What saddle do you ride your Spanish horses in?

    I'm having saddle fitting issues and could use some input.

    Since the summer I have been riding a friend's Spanish mare, she's the first Spanish horse I've ridden, but from what I've seen, it seems like she has a "typical" Spanish back, short, a bit higher behind and somewhat round in the body.

    I rode her in my KN, which I love and has fit every other horse I've ridden reasonably well. As she got for thrust and movement from behind, it started to move forward on her shoulders.

    The owner has an Amerigo Cortina which according to the website is for "longer withers with straighter backs and slightly rising top lines" The saddle has been fitted for the horse, but goes up her shoulder even more than my KN.

    We borrowed a friend's Amerigo Dressage Spanish Fit, and low and behold, it fits! Stays back off her shoulders and she goes much more freely in front.

    So of course the obvious solution is to sell the Cortina and buy a Spanish Fit, but the owner needs to first sell her saddle and then try to find a Spanish Fit. She has honestly barely used the Cortina and paid close to $5,000 CAD and she is absolutely sick that it doesn't fit the mare. So, in a perfect world she'll sell it and find a used Spanish Fit and life will go on.

    I'm curious what other saddles fit these spanish backs. While the Amerigo Spanish Fit does fit the horse well, I still prefer the alignment I get in my KN. Not the end of the world, but in my perfect world, it would fit both of us.

    Suggestions? Experiences? Please don't say I need to start riding bareback!

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    They are tricky, aren't they? We have a wonderful stallion for sale who goes in the Isis from www.advancedsaddlefit.com. We use a rear riser because his back is quite curvy, and rather than get something custom done with an ENORMOUS back panel (that certainly wouldn't work all that well anyway - they just don't hold their shape when they're that big), it works brilliantly off the rack.
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    • #3
      Roosli's often fit well, if you can find them. A bit harder to find, but also fit Iberian types well, are the Giacomini saddles, too.

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      • #4
        Sommer, Klimke and a cheap wide tree junker.
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        • #5
          ludomar, if you can find one they're usually quite reasonably priced and very nice saddles. fits my morgan well who has a baroque type build, round, wide, massive shoulders, wither and curve front to back

          eta, they make dressage saddles too, not just alta escuela saddles
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          • #6
            Custom Saddlery....

            We have had 3 Andalusians in our barn, mine being one of them, and each of us had Custom Saddlery saddles - 3 different models.

            The one I have now is the Everest and I love it, my horse has a very round barrel and good sized withers.

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            • #7
              A good saddler could re-flock your saddles to fit the individual horse.
              This is why a wool flocked panel is recommended over the felt and foam saddle panels.
              If the saddle creeps up the withers and ends up resting on the scapula the billets need to be moved forward.
              Search for a good saddler who understands flocking a saddle and billet position.
              I see saddles with the billets put in the middle of the saddle. The saddle wiggles on the horse and creeps up the neck. The first billet should be right behind the point of the tree. Some with fitting problems have put a billet on the point of the tree. That holds the front of the tree down so it can't creep up the neck.
              Talk with others who own Spanish bred horses. they might have some insight on fitting.
              kind regards,
              sadlmakr

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              • #8
                I have owned a JRD for several years and on my And/cross and others with defined withers...it sits correctly
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                • #9
                  Check out Equestrian Imports. I have worked with them (Ann Forest) befor and they will come to your area doe saddle fitting,they will take your saddle on consignment.They are great.

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                  • #10
                    Giacomini saddles were designed for Andalusians and Lusitanos, but most of them are custom-made for each horse and rider. Thus you would need to know the shape of the horse it was made for. They are absolutely top-of-the-line saddles though. I had one that was 25 years old, and it still looked almost new, despite being ridden in jeans. I only sold it because it didn't fit my young horse, and I had recently lost my income.

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                    • #11
                      I had a Lauriche that rode well on my round gelding, but the twist was too wide for me...painfully wide...it was quite stable on his back (and nothing is stable on his back). I now ride my wide gelding with withers in a collegiate jessica (i know, but it works) BC Eden also worked on him, but I didn't love it.

                      I just bought a stubben avalon...(precurser to the maestoso) in buffalo...stubbens seemed to be the MOST stable on my morgan mare (round, zero withers) and she likes it best (and she DOES tell you when she doesn't like a saddle, whereas, my gelding won't). I was shocked, since it looked kind of banana shaped on the dummy, but it's a FLEX tree so it flexes out to make excellent contact when I'm in the saddle (because stubbens aren't built on rigid trees like most saddles are)
                      Last edited by HollysHobbies; Dec. 17, 2010, 05:21 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Anyone know who on the east coast would handle saddle fittings for Amerigo Spanish fit? Google doesn't give any suggestions.
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                        • #13
                          I have a black country w/ a hoop tree....but my guy is more flat than scoopy.

                          WIDE, LONG withers and round as a propane tank!

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                            Laser CM Ultimate http://www.laserequestrian.com.
                            You might grab this one; http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/grd/2058574074.html
                            Last edited by Equibrit; Dec. 19, 2010, 01:06 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I have an 11 yr old 14.3 Lipizzan a Marcus Krehan monoflap fits him nicely.

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