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Assessing the saddle fit. Help needed!

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  • Assessing the saddle fit. Help needed!

    So I picked up this saddle a couple weeks ago and I was wondering if anyone could tell me based on how this looks if this saddle appears to fit ok .
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    The bar angle is too narrow.

    Sometimes you can make do with too wide .... but not too narrow.

    This graphic shows an example of a barn angle that is too wide, so it would be the opposite in your case.
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    • #3
      I agree. The saddle looks fitted at the bottom, but not quite at the top. If you were to ride extensively in it or say rope or speed event in it, your weight and movement would cause the saddle to shift where it would fit the horse better. Which would cause pressure and pinching right over the horses shoulder muscles. Not a good thing, my closest resemblance (I hope you're a female!) Would be squeezing yourself into a bra with a band that's too small and taking the shoulder straps up as short as they will go. Those straps would be digging in after a short period of time...

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        #4
        Thank you for the input! I had a saddle fitter check it and she said she thinks it fits fine but my gut says something is off when my normally docile lazy boy started making his grump face when saddling. Up for sale it goes

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        • #5
          At first glance I agree, bar angle isn't correct.

          But it also looks as though someone before had the same issue and compacted the sheeping towards the bottom of the tree and skirts amplifying the look of it being incorrect.
          And it also looks more compacted, or possibly worn?, on the off side more than the left side.
          Or your horse wasnt standing square for photo, has a shoulder bulge on his stronger side or even the tree could be crooked.

          I agree with selling it.

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          • #6
            What does it feel like when you slide your hand down past / near the shoulder?

            I have a beautiful saddle that I have to sell right now because it *looks* ok, but when I try to slide my hand under it you can really feel the pinch.
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              #7
              Originally posted by Amber_M View Post
              What does it feel like when you slide your hand down past / near the shoulder?

              I have a beautiful saddle that I have to sell right now because it *looks* ok, but when I try to slide my hand under it you can really feel the pinch.
              There isn't a dramatic pinch anywhere that feels like there is more pressure than anywhere else but I'm not convinced it's fitting properly.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Spotted_trail View Post

                There isn't a dramatic pinch anywhere that feels like there is more pressure than anywhere else but I'm not convinced it's fitting properly.
                I'm anythjng but a western saddle fit expert, but I can say that whenever my gut instincts are really giving me something, it is normally true
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                • #9
                  What you see there may change once you have a rider there.
                  The part of the skirts that is below the tree gives the illusion some times that the saddle is narrow and perching there.
                  Once a rider is up there, the fit may still be narrow and pinch, or settle down and spread the bottom of the skirts a hair and, surprise, the tree shape itself ends up fitting.

                  Be sure what we are seeing with the saddle without a rider is what you see with one there.
                  Very important also to ride around a bit and see how the horse moves under a saddle that seems to fit fine, but may dig into the shoulders when the horse is turning.

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