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Saddles for the hard to fit horse?

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  • Saddles for the hard to fit horse?

    Hey there

    So I'm in the market for a new saddle unfortunately. My 6 year old Hanoverian/ Canadian/ Thoroughbred currently goes in a collegiate diploma and I love the saddle to death! It has a convertible gullet which in hind sight is a great option for my horse! Or so I thought

    The problem is the tree is too concave and rocks like a rocking chair on his vary flat back. It's so bad that it's gotten to the point that the flocking (foam I'm pretty sure) is coming apart on the bottom of my saddle! Ugh :/ currently I use the oglivy gummy pad to damper the rocking and flocking coming apart so at least hes not too uncomfortable, hes currently in a MW gullet.

    My horse has probably the worst back to fit and hes still bum high and growing. He has a vary high long TB type wither but has the flat WB back and the combo is horrible for saddle fitting! Quoted from a saddle fitter

    I'm looking at higher end saddles that can accommodate and/or are adjustable by fitter, does anyone know what brands produce a flat tree? Hes got too high of a wither for a hoop tree, and it has to be wide!
    does anyone have the same type of problem with their horse? Which saddles are best for flat backed horses without compromising wither clearance?
    ANTARES/CWD/COUNTY/BUTET/STUBBEN? open to anything that will fit

    Photos linked below are him as of today, hes been off work for a few months due to frozen ring so keep in mind he doesnt have any topline muscle!

  • #2
    I've got a TB, moderate but long withers with pockets behind and a fairly flat back, large shoulders. He's in a Prestige dressage and Amerigo jump. Both are flocked and trees can be adjusted (by fitter/store with a press).

    When the fitter came to measure for the Prestige, she said "I'm glad I didn't have to fit this horse for a jump saddle" and asked what he was in. When I told her Amerigo, she nodded. I didn't think he was that difficult to fit but I'm not a pro lol.
    I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.


    • #3
      The first choices I would look at for that back would be something like an Albion or Black Country. These English made saddles come wider, have options such wither gussets and are generally on a flatter shaped tree with wool flocked panels.

      Of what you suggested in your original post, maybe a County or a custom Stubben with a flatter shaped tree would work, but I wouldn't be leaning towards the others you listed based on those photos.
      Proud Member of the "Tidy Rabbit Tinfoil Hat Wearers" clique and the "I'm in my 30's and Hope to be a Good Rider Someday" clique


      • #4
        I would need to see a wither tracing to make any specific suggestions, or at least a picture of his back from behind, but flat is definitely more likely to be found among English brands than French or Italian and wool flocked panels will help with the wither clearance.


        • #5
          If you want French, Devoucoux tend to have very good wither clearance in their saddles.
          County will definitely fit him for you, but you never said budget and I believe they start at 4K. Finding a used one might be difficult as many people with wide, low wither horses turn to them so that is what you are gonna find.
          I would stay away from stubben. They are great for narrow horses but they tend to fit the wide ones in saddles too narrow.
          Passier might be a good option. They do custom saddles for around 2k IIRC and can customize them to look more ‘hunter style’ if you need that. They also have cutback pommels which are great for high withered horses and fit wide horses really well.