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Saddle for long, high withers? NEW question post #30

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  • Saddle for long, high withers? NEW question post #30

    New question on post #30:

    "So I'm bumping this back up with a new question. What are thoughts on the Amerigo DJ saddle? I found one in my size and my horse's size with an extra long flap. The flap looks more forward, but is not specified. I've ridden in the Vega and liked it, but the saddle was too wide for my horse. I've also heard that the trees can be adjusted a little? Those who have ridden in them, how do they ride? Balance point? I don't like big blocks at ALL, and the one I'm considering has normal to smaller blocks.
    Thank you guys so much!!"
    Last edited by TheBrightSide06; Jan. 27, 2012, 09:32 PM. Reason: changed the title!
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  • #2
    I tried the non +4 Marielle on my sharkfin guy and it pretty much sat on his withers. It didn't particularly work for me either.
    Try Amerigo? You might be able to find a well loved one for your budget, and they tend to fit TBs well.


    • #3
      Look at Amerigo or Kieffer.

      I have a Kieffer Arlene and it fit my TB wonderfully when I had him.

      An Amerigo fit him well too but I ended up getting a better deal on the Kieffer and now I will not part with it.


      • #4
        Some of the Kieffers look as though they might be cutbacks or partial cutbacks. Anyone know if they are?
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        • Original Poster

          Maybe not...

          I googled horses with shark fin withers and now I'm starting to think he doesn't have them. They are there, that's for sure. But maybe they are just long? IDK, see what you all think.

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          • #6
            I love my KenTaur saddle, and it fits my TB gelding like a glove. I also use a thinline sheepskin half pad under it. KenTaur's aren't that common in North America, but if you can find a dealer I think you can get a new one for around $2000 US (I bought mine in Canada).

            Or try a used Passier jump saddle. Definately available in your price range.


            • #7
              He has long withers but borderline "shark fin" IMO
              Still need to fit for them though.
              We have a TB with Prominent withers and a short back...difficult to fit but have a Courbette Dressage saddle that fit nicely so I may look at a XC saddle by them as well.
              Passier are supposed to be good for these guys.
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              • #8
                I ended up with a stubben for my last tb, and he had a rather odd back. Fairly large withers, short and wide back, and a downhill slope. He fit well in a stubben edelweiss with a rear riser in my fleeceworks half pad. It was a MW and the only thing that ever fit him that well.

                Of course my current mare ended up loving a used devoucoux (my poor wallet) and she has a similar back but wider and more wither.
                "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


                • #9
                  Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                  Some of the Kieffers look as though they might be cutbacks or partial cutbacks. Anyone know if they are?
                  Yes, they are. I used them with great success on my shark finned boy and have always liked them.
                  OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                  • #10
                    Berney Bros

                    I just bought a used Berney Bros. Nothing else fit. They are hard to find used but they are inexpensive new. You can have one with a custom tree (from tracings) sent from Ireland for about $1,500. I love the fit on my horse and on myself. I guess the biggest problem I had was finding one to sit in to see if I could stand it.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 17handponyrider View Post
                      I just bought a used Berney Bros. Nothing else fit. They are hard to find used but they are inexpensive new. You can have one with a custom tree (from tracings) sent from Ireland for about $1,500. I love the fit on my horse and on myself. I guess the biggest problem I had was finding one to sit in to see if I could stand it.
                      I rode through Intermediate in by Berney Bros saddle, but my TB did not have sharp withers. I can attest to it being comfortable and secure.

                      There are some out there:
                      and here is their website http://www.berneybrossaddles.com/store/
                      OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                      • Original Poster

                        Have tried Kieffer and I didn't like the way he acted with it (hollow, didn't want to go forward, complaining, and this horse NEVER complains)

                        Will try Amerigo.

                        Thanks guys, keep them coming! These are GREAT suggestions, you all are awesome!
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                        • #13
                          Also, there have been a bunch of other threads that have other suggestions:





                          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                          • #14
                            Jeffries JMX Monoflap

                            I didn't read all of the replies so this might have already been mentioned, but I tried about 10 saddles on my high-withered TB before settling on the Jeffries JMX monoflap. I love it (and my horse seems to also!)


                            • #15
                              My guy has a somewhat similar shape, and he loves my Delgrange. I've seen a few floating around used for ~$1500, though it might take some hunting.


                              • #16
                                I use the Dover Circuit saddle on my TB with withers like that. Comfortable and fits him perfectly.
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                                • #17
                                  I wouldn't consider those shark-fin, but they are long.

                                  My fella with similar withers fits beautifully in a Toulouse Marielle. I've been borrowing my trainer's MW which was a demo a hundred years ago, but just ordered a wide (about an hour ago!) since the MW is a hair narrow. I haven't been willing to pay to ship saddles back and forth endlessly, so I feel doubly lucky that trainer had something that I could try. I had no plans to buy a Toulouse, much less a monoflap, but danged if it didn't fit Gus beautifully and both my eventing trainer and my dressage trainer were thrilled with the changes in my position. So, there you go. I only hope it arrives and is doesn't have the periodic quality control problems that I've heard happens with MT.

                                  Good luck, OP, and I hope you find something that you and your horse both love!
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                                  • #18
                                    But in regard to the Toulouse, you may want to read this thread:

                                    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                                    • #19
                                      You poor, poor soul...your horse has a back similar to mine! I've been looking for a long enough time, that I now have a sad relationship with eBay and Horseclicks..lol!

                                      If you find something, let me know! My problem is finding the width AND the wither clearance. It seems saddle makers have forgotten theat just because your horse is a wide or extra-wide, does not mean it's shaped like a sausage. They've also forgotten that just because your horse may have tall and/or long withers, does not mean that your horse is shaped like "A" all the way back.

                                      Good luck!!
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                                      • #20
                                        Amerigo fits this build very well.