EDIT: I just wanted to update this thread to say I am now in the process of fiding a USED CWD for my horse and am no longer going the custom route. I would still love to hear everyone’s opinions about the brand and other brands they have experience with themselves.
Also a BIG thank you to everyone who commented. Everyone’s advice has been helpful and I truly appreciate the time taken to offer it.
I am worried I just made a mistake by ordering a custom CWD saddle for my horse and I am terrified it is not going to fit him. Does anyone have a single good experience? I keep reading about so many bad experiences.
I have dealt with saddle-fitting nightmares over the last year with Butet and I just want to do right by my horse.
I am in Canada and the rep seems good. My barn rides in CWD and my horse seemed to love my trainer’s CWD saddle - he goes best in it. I haven’t heard of any other horses in the barn having issues. I also asked my vet her opinion. She said if it is fitted well (as with every saddle) she hasn’t noticed or heard of any issues
Was burnt hard over the last year by a Butet rep. Sold me a VERY ill-fitting saddle that my horse hated the second we jumped in it. He then promised a custom that seemed to fit well (according to my bodyworker) but after a year, he suddenly started to get a heat lump on the right of his spine after we jumped. An independent fitter said the panels were not even. I sent the panels to get fixed and it caused an even bigger heat lump on his back but more centered this time. Obviously, that saddle is gone and I feel so guilty that my boy had to deal with this. Needless to say, now I am panicking over getting another custom saddle.
Independent fitter came out and told me she didn’t like any french saddles because they are foam. She also told me my “build” was wrong for my horse and that no saddle that fit me would fit my horse. So WTF do I do with that information? She tried to sell me on a Swedish saddle brand that makes the saddle fit the rider. I wasn’t sold on it especially since she also said it would need to be constantly adjusted and I’d have to ride with shims under my legs. How TF would I do that in the jumpers?
I just can’t believe all those high-level jumpers would use saddles that are so terrible and didn’t fit their horses. Or am I being naive?
At this point, I am ready to give up riding the jumpers altogether because I feel like no matter what I buy it won’t be the perfect fit for my boy and I don’t want to hurt him.
Is CWD just a no go and should I cancel my order now?
Please tell me about your recent experiences!