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    I haven't had much luck finding a used XC saddle with a narrow tree. I have a horse with extremely high withers that seem to have gotten higher. I was hoping for some suggestions for a saddle fitter in the SE PA area. I have accepted that it's very likely that I will need to buy new because of the unique fit issues. Would also be delighted to hear new saddle suggestions.

  • #2
    I just ordered a Voltaire Design Lexington cross country saddle. http://en.voltaire-design.com/lexington_saddle.html. I sat in it and fell in love. My mare seemed to feel the same way. She usually takes a few minutes to warm up (she is 19 after all!), and in this, she was ready to work right away.
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    • Original Poster

      wow, very nice. Thank you for the lead.


      • #4
        Stackhouse!!!!= amazing
        "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"


        • #5
          ^^Ditto with Chelsie.


          • #6
            I really like the Stubbens for my older, high withered TB gelding. I got a Roxane and really like the way it fits him and love it for me.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Highflyer View Post
              I really like the Stubbens for my older, high withered TB gelding. I got a Roxane and really like the way it fits him and love it for me.
              This. The older stubbens are not great for high withers (we have like a 20 year old stubben in good shape but it doesn't fit any of our current horses). I had a stubben edelweiss that worked great for my high withered, broad backed tb.
              "I'm too sexy for my blanket, too sexy for my blanket, these mares-they should take it..." (J-Lu) - Featuring The Skypizzle Pony aka Classic Skyline


              • #8
                Highly upset this saddle is too small for me, but if you ever wanted to order long distance! Though I had a Hastilow custom made for my horse and I without breaking the bank.



                • Original Poster

                  thx 4 the lead event ryder - I suspect the saddle would be to small 4 me as well.


                  • #10
                    check with www.hastilowusa.com. They will also come and fit other saddles. A friend just had one done in Cochranville
                    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                    • #11
                      have you tried Patty Merli? She does come up this way, and she also usually has a decent selection of used.

                      She's a GREAT fitter, too, and really gets the high withered ones.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by scubed View Post
                        check with www.hastilowusa.com. They will also come and fit other saddles. A friend just had one done in Cochranville
                        The hastilow saddles are nice and a custom one is pretty reasonable (less than $3K). There are 4 or 5 hastilow saddles in the tack room at the barn, some of them made for very hard-to-fit horses. Annette Gavin is very nice and a good saddle fitter - but can be difficult to get in touch with sometimes, so be persistent with your emails and/or phone calls!
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                        • #13
                          Patty's on a NE tour right NOW!!!

                          Originally posted by Brandy76 View Post
                          have you tried Patty Merli? She does come up this way, and she also usually has a decent selection of used.

                          She's a GREAT fitter, too, and really gets the high withered ones.

                          Patty's "up that way" right now! I was going to suggest getting in touch with her. I have a quite hard to fit OTTB who is the SUPREME Prince and the "I CAN FEEL THE PEA - GET SHED OF THIS DAMN THING..." pony. Patty had a lovely saddle made for this pony prince and he most highly approves (and he's turned down, LITERALLY ran away from many high dollar ones ).
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                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks everyone. I've sent a bunch of emails. This has been very helpful. Hopefully I'll get some replies.


                            • #15
                              I'm a Stackhouse person and agree that Hastilow is a great alternative (Annette is great), but have you also tried Prestige saddles? VTO carries new ones and also a bunch used...I love them but they were too narrow for my wide-ass mare (fit her "like a party hat"). So, perhaps if you need something for a skinny shark fin, a Prestige would work?

                              If not, and you're looking at needing a truly custom saddle, you can't beat Stackhouse. They are just hands-down the best.


                              • #16
                                If you're on a budget lots of people I know - and my fitter have been having good luck with St. Lourdes saddles. They're mostly under $1500, nice workmanship, trees that can be adjusted with a tree press (they come in Narrow, Med, Wide). I'm thrilled with mine (the dressage saddle) and am currently coveting a friend's Odyessy jump saddle.