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  • Saddle for older woman and short, wide backed pony

    Mum is looking at saddles and seems to really like an endurance style one.

    She is older and can't lift super awesome or pull on straps and just bought some easy up stirrups to get on the 13.2hh pony easier if that says anything. So, looking at lightest weights. Pony is draft wide. Currently using a wintec lite, wide cut, with an extra wide gullet in (which is supposed to be a pink one not the normal white extra wide).

    So, need light weight, easy to manage, wide, and of course short because pony is short coupled.

    Any thoughts on the specialized saddles?

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    If she likes the Wintec, maybe she should look at some of the Australian and endurance saddles in their line. Wintecs are typically lightweight and hold up well to use and they have the adjustable gullet. There are a variety of adapters to make the Australian saddles easier to girth including a sort of lever system and conversions to western girthing.

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      I'm old, so need all the help I can get. I don't know if it would go wide enough, but I have a couple of Wintec Contourblocs and they're very similar to the Aussie saddles (deep seat, high cantle, thigh blocks). I'm using one on my short, sway backed pony and it's short enough that it clears the front of his loin where it swoops back up to his rump.

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      • #4
        If you want something treed, really light, and of excellent quality, Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles does excellent customer fitting work for both horse and rider. They will send you about 10-12 different trees to put on the horse, take video and pictures of and have pictures of the rider in their current tack as well.

        https://www.trailridingsaddles.com/

        They have some saddles in stock, but customs are their specialty and are not all that more expensive than upper level production line saddles. They do make lovely endurance saddles that weigh less than 20 lbs.

        This is the saddle I ordered through them.
        "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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          #5
          Originally posted by Bombproof View Post
          If she likes the Wintec, maybe she should look at some of the Australian and endurance saddles in their line. Wintecs are typically lightweight and hold up well to use and they have the adjustable gullet. There are a variety of adapters to make the Australian saddles easier to girth including a sort of lever system and conversions to western girthing.
          As we have a bates and wintec specialist down the road it is a sure possibility, I've looked at the Wintec's endurance line. But, she keeps looking at customized saddles partially because the short back narrows a lot of options quickly. The mare is pregnant with a late summer foal so I'm encouraging she wait or do it soon so the mare isn't even wider. She has the wintec lite but feels she's not secure on the mare as she is on an older gelding she rides...which makes sense given it isn't fitted to the mare really. Also, the billets on the lite are hard for her to lift up from such a low angle. I'd think she would need one of those converters.

          The majority of our barn use Wintecs actually. I've got one in use I've had for about 14-15 years.

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            Originally posted by cutter99 View Post
            If you want something treed, really light, and of excellent quality, Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles does excellent customer fitting work for both horse and rider. They will send you about 10-12 different trees to put on the horse, take video and pictures of and have pictures of the rider in their current tack as well.

            https://www.trailridingsaddles.com/

            They have some saddles in stock, but customs are their specialty and are not all that more expensive than upper level production line saddles. They do make lovely endurance saddles that weigh less than 20 lbs.

            This is the saddle I ordered through them.


            I saw the Specialized makes one that is 9lbs. I'm not sure what her lifting weight limit is. She's had a hard time since an infection years ago that left some early arthritis in her joints. I think the lite 14lbs and maybe the top. Not that the pony is particularly wiggly or tall! I'll send her the Allegany link thank you!

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              Originally posted by kande04 View Post
              I'm old, so need all the help I can get. I don't know if it would go wide enough, but I have a couple of Wintec Contourblocs and they're very similar to the Aussie saddles (deep seat, high cantle, thigh blocks). I'm using one on my short, sway backed pony and it's short enough that it clears the front of his loin where it swoops back up to his rump.
              I was trying to see if they still make these. May be they phased them out?
              I forgot, i guess a narrow twist is better for her.

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              • #8
                Best custom made saddle I’ve experienced for wide and short backed horses is http://desotosaddles.com/ A couple of friends had them made for radically different horses, one a short backed narrow Arabian and the other a super flat-backed, wide shouldered, Spanish Mustang (Andalusian type). Each saddle fit its respective horse like a glove. Given my own disappointing trials with trying to fit wide-and-short-backed horses, I’d definitely talk to the woman who makes DeSotos. They are shockingly inexpensive given their quality and the care she puts into creating the perfect fit. Did I mention it’s the most comfortable saddle I’ve ever sat in? And it’s very light? Cool combo of English and western elements makes it a terrific endurance saddle.

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                  Originally posted by LittleGrey View Post

                  I was trying to see if they still make these. May be they phased them out?
                  I forgot, i guess a narrow twist is better for her.
                  They've been making them for long enough that if cost is a concern they can be had used for about half what a new one costs. https://www.doversaddlery.com/wintec...CABEgLWDPD_BwE

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LittleGrey View Post
                    Mum is looking at saddles and seems to really like an endurance style one.

                    She is older and can't lift super awesome or pull on straps and just bought some easy up stirrups to get on the 13.2hh pony easier if that says anything. So, looking at lightest weights. Pony is draft wide. Currently using a wintec lite, wide cut, with an extra wide gullet in (which is supposed to be a pink one not the normal white extra wide).

                    So, need light weight, easy to manage, wide, and of course short because pony is short coupled.

                    Any thoughts on the specialized saddles?
                    I have this same pony LOL He was a nightmare to get right but an aussie saddle has been peeeeerfect!! The one we got is lightweight, too, so it is possible

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                    • #11
                      I was in the same situation as your mom -- little old lady with a small horse (13.3).

                      I worked with a saddle fitter and ordered a custom made dressage saddle with upswept panels to accommodate his short back. The saddle was made to fit me AND my horse, and it does. The fitter came out with different saddles to try out to determine which one would be most suitable. It has extra dees from which to hang stuff, plus a suede seat for "stickiness", the right twist, gullet, flap length, etc.

                      If you decide to go this route (which I recommend), I would do due diligence to make sure the saddle fitter you are using is knowledgeable.

                      Regarding Specialized Saddles -- years ago I had ordered one (for a different horse). I could not get it to "work" or fit the horse. I ordered through the manufacturer and found them difficult to work with. I have heard since then that with these saddles the best route is to go through the sales reps who seem more willing to help.

                      Good luck!

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