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  • Saddle Shopping

    Hey guys! Just got a new horse that my saddle doesn't fit (of course.) I live in the middle of nowhere and don't have a trailer, so using a custom saddle fitter is probably not an option. I also don't have $4000 to spend on a new totally custom saddle right now, so---anybody have any ideas on saddles that will fit a wide-backed, higher withered horse? Any good/bad experiences with adjustable gullets? The horse is a 16:3 Holsteiner/Appendix cross gelding that weighs about 1200-1300 pounds. My budget is in the $1500-2000 range. Thanks in advance for all your advice and suggestions!

  • #2
    passier fit a large range of horses- you can probably find a used one for that price. I have seen it fit on shark finned TBs and also wide backed warmbloods.

    Another option: selleria equipe- great for the price, made in the same factory as amerigos and vegas. The tree shape is like a cross of amerigo cc (high wither) and dj (wide back warmbloods). will basically fit anything. You might even be able to find a new selleria equipe at a bit over $2000!


    • #3

      there are some great deals on Ebay!
      take a look



      • #4
        Yeah, I second EBay. I have purchased several including my Tad Coffin which I love and fits both my girls (who are totally different). I never thought a saddle would make so much difference until I started riding in this one. I have two very nice Crosby saddles that I am going to put on EBay....I have bought so much from EBay but never really sold so I am anxious to try.


        • #5
          I have a Pessoa A/O Pro. Absolutely love it and love the Bayflex panels. Fits my TB who has a wide flat back perfect. She is fairly straight from withers to croup so the tree will fit a straight back horse better. She has very low withers though, so don't know if the same saddle would work for your horse.

          Other saddles I tried at were:

          Ovation Competition Jumping saddle XCH, was a bit more curve to the tree, and didn't work for my horse but for the price I thought it was a nice saddle.

          Bates Evaluation: Great fit, didn't care for the CAIR and the leather was really stiff, I see that they are offering flocked in some of their saddles now.

          I personally like the XCH gullets, granted you are only adjusting one aspect of the saddles fit, it still gives you some flexibility.
          "My treasures do not chink or gleam, they glitter in the sun and neigh at night."


          • #6
            I have a tb with mt witherist and a well sprung rib cage and my l'apogee fits beautifully. You can find one used in your price range. Good luck, saddle shopping is almost worse then horse shopping....
            Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
            Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
            "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"


            • Original Poster

              Ha ha...where did this get dredged up from? I actually got a steal of a deal (Ebay!) on a Schleese Hunter Pleasure saddle which I love. It's a great saddle for me. The fit for the horse is not perfect right now, but we are making it work with strategic padding. Once I manage to get a bit more topline on him, I will get the tree adjusted. Thanks for the suggestions!