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Seeking advice -- Thorowgood saddle

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  • Seeking advice -- Thorowgood saddle

    I'm looking to purchase a used jumping or all-purpose saddle, to do some jumping (nothing huge) with my primarily-dressage horse. I was considering a couple of Thorowgoods out there. A trial isn't possible. Both are the T6 line. One is a jumping saddle, the other the GP model (I believe that stands for General Purpose). I'm wondering about seat size, among other things. My dressage saddle is a 17.5", and it has short flaps (unfortunately, I have more "seat" than leg!). Any thoughts on whether a 17" in a jumping or GP saddle might work...thought I've read that typically you can go down a 1/2" from dressage saddle size. Any thoughts on the Thorowgood T6 line in general? What shapes of horses have they fit well? Thanks very much for ANY input.

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    thorowgood comes in three tree "shapes", hi wither, standard, and broadback. The hi wither fits TB types, the standard is for average horses, and broadback is for the horses you can set service for four on their backs. If you use a 17.5 dressage then a 17 GP should work. Personally I would go GP if you are used to a dressage saddle, the jump model will likely feel quite strange.

    Thorowgoods are quite well made at hte price point, I have a T4 dressage and am quite happy with it for a synthetic. The T6 is the "upgrade" supposedly better synthetic material. Otherwise fits and rides same as T4. Most people who have tried t hem seem to be happy with them. And they have adjustable gullets like the wintecs (but use their own gullet plates NOT wintecs), so you can adjust as your horses back changes.

    Highly recommend for a rider on a budget.

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      I used to have an old beat-up Thorowgood and I have always regretted letting it go.
      Founding Member of "I Kept 'Off Topic Day!' Open"

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        My mom's elderly gelding is ridden in a Thorowgood, and it's a great saddle for the price. We have the broadback GP T4 -- great for a horse with well-sprung ribs and a rounder shape, and can accommodate a bit of wither as well. Personally, I find the twist a bit wide for my taste, but my mom finds it comfy. We've also found that the removable knee blocks are best removed, as the built-in support is reasonably substantial.

        The faux-suede material is our only gripe. It's a magnet for hair, and it's not too easy to get off, either (and with a grey gelding, it acquires an interesting yeti look during shedding season). The T6 material, however, seems to be much better.

        Definitely recommended if the fit is right for you and your horse.

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          Thanks, all

          Good to get feedback. So hard to make saddle-buying decisions, especially with a limited budget and lots of questions!

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            Watch for the squeak! I bought a Thorogood a while back because it was the only kind of saddle I could find to fit a shark finn withered TB whose withers were also sky scraper high. It fit well, felt secure and solid, BUT. After a while I could not bear that constant squeaking. I even generously baby powdered all the underside tree recesses, like they recommend, but that only helped a little. Then of course the white powder puffed out and spread everywhere all over the black surfaces. VERY hard to wipe off, with or without water.

            This is why I won't buy any synthetic saddle anymore except Wintec. They don't squeak. The Flex Rider synthetic is really bad - avoid at all costs. Smart Pak even stopped offering those, for good reason.

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