My son has finally renewed his interest in learning to ride while home from school during this COVID time. He’s 12 years old and I’m absolutely thrilled!! Our Haflinger mare, Austria, hasn’t been ridden in several years so we started her back slowly. He learned how to lunge her and we started getting her fit and used to working with saddle and bridle again.
The original saddle we bought still fits her fabulously, but it is far too small for my son now. Problem is the saddle was a one off demo that we bought and I can’t find identifying info on the saddle. That makes buying a larger version of our saddle a dead end. I bought a Wintec Wide saddle with a complete gullet kit. BIG problem with the straight panels, they are bridging over her back, she must need something with curvier panels.
She is a bit pudgy still and needs more muscle, but she has been working for about 30 days now so she’s on her way. She is right around 14.2ish, round with very little withers. I also use a shaped girth on her to help with fit plus a breast plate. I believe she needs a hoop tree rather than a traditional tree. Anyone have suggestions for fitting a round, bodacious girl with curves and a forward girth groove? Also any suggestion of any shops/fitters with good experience for rounder horses? My horses have all been high withered TB’s or ISH’s so she is a challenge for me with saddle fit!
I’m located in South Jersey and willing to put her on a trailer and take her somewhere to try saddles. Thinking I could maybe unload her and just let the saddle fitter work with her while I keep the proper social distance away. Also wiling to work with someone to walk me through taking photos and measurements to help fit her.
I would prefer used and under $1000, but if that’s not possible, I am willing to pay what I have to for a saddle that fits properly. I am am a former competitive eventer, so would prefer something that could be used as one saddle for lower level eventing. If I had to choose between more dressage focus vs jumping focus, I would choose jumping and eventually buy a dressage saddle if he stays with the sport (or if I choose to ride the pony, too!).
It’s taken years to get my son’s interest back and I really want to find something that will fit her so we can keep moving forward. Thank you to anyone willing to offer some positive suggestions.