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Tad Coffin fit (for people!)

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  • Tad Coffin fit (for people!)

    I'm looking into buying a used TC to fit my new (and utterly huge) horse. I just need to know what flap size to look for, I do not have the ability to go and sit in a saddle.
    I am 5'10 with disproportionate legs (as in I should be 6'4-6'5, but thanks to my scoliosis I'm only moderatley-giant-like!) so I have super duper long legs, and my Childeric is a "3" forward flap and is also 'long'. What 'measurement' would that translate to in TC?


  • #2
    Just how "utterly huge" is your horse? The TCs do not fit the (as pintopiaffe has made me laugh about) "stupid wide" horse.
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


    • #3
      Originally posted by JB View Post
      Just how "utterly huge" is your horse? The TCs do not fit the (as pintopiaffe has made me laugh about) "stupid wide" horse.
      They fit my "stupid wide" horses.

      As for the OP's questionI'm not sure if a TC flap could work for you. They tend to be fairly straight and not very forward. I've never seen one with a 'forward' configuration but you could always contact TC and ask about measurments and such.


      • #4
        My boss is a 6'4" guy and he has two Tads. I believe he had to get his done custom at 19" with forward flaps and they fit him very well as well as the many horses he rides! His are both wide trees and I find they don't fit the larger horses very well. (I'm talking like 17.2+ and well built)
        I'd rather be riding!


        • Original Poster

          Hmm, ok I'll have to call and ask then!
          My horse is 18.1+ and big boned, if he were a person I would equate him to be a sumo wrestler... haha


          • #6
            Originally posted by heartinrye View Post
            Hmm, ok I'll have to call and ask then!
            My horse is 18.1+ and big boned, if he were a person I would equate him to be a sumo wrestler... haha
            Oh they might not fit a draft type. Mine works great on my QH and paint with super wide shoulders and flatter backs. They're both in the 16'2-16'3 range. Worth a shot though if you can get one on trial just to see.


            • Original Poster

              Oh he's not a draft, just an abnormally large DWB... (my other one is just shy of 16h). I will definitely work on getting a trial saddle- thanks for the idea!


              • #8
                Originally posted by heartinrye View Post
                Oh he's not a draft, just an abnormally large DWB... (my other one is just shy of 16h). I will definitely work on getting a trial saddle- thanks for the idea!
                Right but it sounds like he's BUILT like a draft. What's wrong with the childeric you currently have out of curiosity? Too narrow?


                • Original Poster

                  Probably too narrow, the childeric fits my 16h jumper, who, while chunky, does not have chunky withers. New boy, has no real defined withers as he is so large...
                  I haven't tried my Childeric on him yet, its been stored at my summer house while I'm in school, and the PJ that I use for school does not fit him at all. (Doesn't fit me that well either, bought it to fit an old hunter with veryyy skinny withers) and am going to sell that and get this new one!

                  My trainer is going to ride him in one of her TC's tomorrow to see if it fits him, that's why I'm wondering about the 'human' measurements!


                  • #10
                    You can call Tad

                    He's a nice guy to speak to about saddles.

                    What others have said about the straight, and rather compact flaps are true: they tend to work for the short-thighed, or those who want to ride with their knee almost at the lower-front edge. Many people dig that tight geometry.

                    In any case, he knows his saddles well and can probably tell you what to look for. He happily sends out demos, though perhaps not so willingly for people looking for used ones. But, he might have some for sale, or be willing to help you with information at least so that he can produce one more fan of his saddles.

                    I'd give him a call if I were in your position.
                    The armchair saddler
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                    • #11
                      I Like you am tall with LONG legs (everyone jokes that leg is all I am as I have next to no upper body) I have a tad that I rode in for a few years with not too many problems. Unfortunately they are correct about the saddle not having a forward flap. I had to go up to a 17.5 (I normally ride a 16.5) to get the flap to a somewhat forward position so my knee wouldn’t hang over too badly I also have used the saddle on a wide variety of horse and had only some fit issues. It’s hard to fit on the wide withered horses but fits great on almost all the warmbloods I have used it on
                      Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks for the info Credo,
                        I found a 18/18.5 Tad that says it has 'slightly' forward flaps, so I figure that the extra room (I usually ride in a 17) plus the 'slightly' forward will help... plus my trainer put my stirrups down 4- yes 4 BIG holes- down from where I've been riding in them at school so that my leg wont be very bent anyways! haha


                        • #13
                          Call Tad

                          If you call him and send him a photo of you on your horse in a saddle, he'll be happy to help. He's also willing to sell you a used one if he has it from a trade-in. Seriously - if you call the number you can just tak directly to him. It's very cool!


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by clancypants View Post
                            If you call him and send him a photo of you on your horse in a saddle, he'll be happy to help. He's also willing to sell you a used one if he has it from a trade-in. Seriously - if you call the number you can just tak directly to him. It's very cool!
                            thanks, but I've found out new horsey fits in a antares medium tree- so i'm gonna stick with that! thanks!