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Saddle model/brand tips for a growing warmblood-built TB?

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  • Saddle model/brand tips for a growing warmblood-built TB?


    I've got a wide, warmblood type five year old OTTB that needs a saddle. Mine doesn't fit him, which sucks as it's a lovely saddle that I truly love to ride in, but so be it. He is going in a Crosby Olympia, one of the wider trees, but that's borrowed. The Crosby Olympias fit him well- a friend hoards them for her program so he's tried a few- but they don't fit me too terribly well in general. I wouldn't mind snatching up a cheap Crosby on EBay to tide us over until he's done growing and I can get something that fits us both, but I'd love to hear recommendations on other models or brands that may fit. He is quite short backed but again has that wider build rather than the typical narrow shark fin, and does need some significant top line work, so he's going to be gaining a lot of muscle soon. I need a long and forward flap to accommodate, in the words of my trainer, my "ridiculously long femurs", and a 16.5 or 17 inch seat, most likely. I like a bit of a knee roll and I am a sucker for a comfy seat, but I wouldn't mind sacrificing comfort for his benefit.


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    I would probably start by having a good fitter out who can describe your horses conformation in relation to saddle fit. Most horse people, even trainers and vets have very little knowledge about how and why a certain saddle may or may not work on certain horses.
    I don't recommend trying to find a saddle that your horse can "grow into" either.

    My hunter is coming 9 (bought him as a yearling, Oldenburg), he has finally stayed the same size and shape for about a year now, so I decided it was time to invest in a new saddle that will fit both of us. This will be the 4th saddle that this horse has been in. This horse started out tall and gangly in a medium/narrow tree, over the years the angle has changed to a medium/wide tree.
    My jumper is coming 14 (bought him as a 4yo, TBxHolsteiner). This horses' tree angle never changed from the day we bought him. He's in his second saddle now, only because as he ages his back has dropped and his original saddle was no longer sitting level.

    I would shop around. Once you know the angle he needs right now, it will be easier to go try multiple saddles that work for you, and sit them on him to determine if the panels, etc. work as well. If he's 5 it's entirely possible that whatever saddle you buy now may keep working for him, especially if he's a TB.


    • #3
      Not trend hopping at all, I tried many for my OTTB and found that Devoucoux (spelling) was the best fit. It also fits many of the TB's I ride. Give them a shot just remember don't let them up-sell you.
      Originally posted by Coanteen
      To compare wafers and see which saviour is most delicious.
      Originally posted by Cascades
      You're one of those people that complains to the Starbucks manager that your barista's smile wasn't sincere enough, aren't you?


      • #4
        I agree with GoodTimes that a good saddle fitter will go a long way. It also doesn't hurt to have a few different ones come out to give you opinions. I have a ridiculously impossible to fit warmblood mare and I had 2 different fitters come out and still struggled to find a saddle that fit her. I ended up going with Voltaire; they are worth looking into and they have great resale value which is a plus too if your guy ends up growing out of it.