(Not sure if this is in the right place!)
I recently purchased a 14 y/o Arabian mare. She’s been sitting having babies for the past few years of her life, and therefore is largely lacking a top line, and the ability for me to fit a saddle to her! It’s just about driving me insane on my small budget.
I purchased a medium Kincade dressage saddle- way too wide.
Used HDR close contcact- no wither clearance, too wide.
Collegiate dressage, too wide.
Stubben junp saddle? Way too wide, though I believe it was stamped a mw. At this point I was just trying everything available to me.
Regency dressage saddle. You guessed it, too wide. 88% sure this saddle was a MN.
Various collegiate close contact saddles. Too wide.
Bates dressage saddle. Seemingly the best fit, marginally too wide. Thick panels and high tree head gave her plenty of clearance. Pony was happy with this one.
Ha. Aha. $1500 saddle, of course.
I’m leery of purchasing online after buying the HDR. What id REALLY like would be an interchangeable gullet system so I can adjust the saddle as she develops a top line. Wintec, thorowgood, bates…
Anybody has experience with these brands? I have (stretched) a $500 budget. Realistically id like to stay under 400. In that price range, I can definitely get a wintec or thorowgood. You can find the odd used bates floating around for 500 every now and then. Is leather worth the money? I’ve never ridden in a synthetic saddle.
The thorowgood high wither has caught my interest with the front gusset. I’ve had trouble getting adequate wither clearance on her.
I wanted to show her wither tracings/some side shots of her to get some suggestions, but I can’t seem to figure out how to attach photos? Help is appreciated…