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changing the tree in an Amerigo saddle

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  • changing the tree in an Amerigo saddle

    Has anyone had any experience changing trees in Amerigo saddles? Any idea what it would cost?

    I have the opportunity to purchase a cc saddle that fits me perfectly but not quite my horse. The tree is a medium and he loves my friends medium- narrow.

    I think I could go the padding route, but it seems silly to buy a cc saddle then pad the heck out of it to get the right fit.

    Thanks in advance!
    It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required. ~Stephen Leacock

  • #2
    I would call a few saddle fitters, or Amerigo themselves, and ask.

    The saddle fitter I've worked with implied that it was pretty reasonable to change up or down one size, though there are specific trees he does not like to work with, for example, County.

    They have a special machine they use to squeeze or widen.


    • #3
      Flocking can be added to fit to the horse. The saddler needs to be experienced in doing this. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
      Get a good saddle fitter to look at it.
      Switching out the tree is a huge expense. The entire saddle has to be taken apart. Labor intensive.


      • #4
        I have an amerigo saddle and speaking to amerigo specialists they say it can be changed one size up/ down but only once.

        Equestrianimports does it specifically for Amerigo, they are located in Florida.

        Hope this helps.


        • #5
          I'd call or email Amerigo, their reps are VERY helpful and can evaluate your horse and see if a change in flocking would help or if it would need to be a tree size.


          • #6
            Talk to your local friendly saddle fitter--you may not need a tree narrowing. My horse is technically a medium-narrow and goes in a medium Amerigo. He was a medium when I bought the saddle but has since gone narrower, and it made more sense to add flocking to the front of the panel than to pay for a tree narrowing. It works perfectly, in fact I prefer the flocking to the narrowing because it makes my saddle more versatile for use on other horses.

            That said, yes it's possible to get the tree adjusted. For an adjustment of just one size, you could use any reputable competent saddler. Colin Kimball-Davis is in your neck of the woods, and he's very good and charges extremely reasonable rates. And of course, New England is dripping in other competent saddlers.

            If you are super OMG paranoid, you could send it Saddlewerks in Florida does the warranty work for Amerigo and therefore knows that tree inside and out. But personally, I think your saddle would be more at risk going UPS Ground to Florida than it would be in the hands of a local, highly reputable saddler like Colin K-D. http://saddlewerks.com/
            Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


            • #7
              I called Amerigo on this topic and they told me they can change the tree by 1/2 a size (example: change a medium to a medium wide, but not to a wide). They can only do it once. Also, you have to have a rep come to you and look at the saddle on your horse (you will pay for the rep to come do that). Then, based on the instructions from the rep, they will send it to their saddle maker in Florida. He will work on it and send it back. It will take time for this entire process. I believe the price was somewhere in the range of $350-450 (plus the cost of the rep who comes to look at the saddle). But I would call them directly and get the details yourself.


              • #8
                I have a medium Vega monoflap jumping saddle and probably the mn would fit my horse better, but I wanted a saddle that would ultimately be versatile for riding other horses. I use one of those rambo quilted pads or a regular pad with a thinline halfpad and it works great!


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks for the input everyone. I guess the best bet is to play with padding and see if that will work. Otherwise the hunt for a med-narrow in an 18 inch seat will continue!
                  It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required. ~Stephen Leacock