So, unfortunately, it appears that I’m in the market for a saddle again. I have a fairly difficult-to-fit build and multiple horses so I would really love some general recommendations!
Here are some relevant facts:
- Me: 6’, long in the leg, very very disproportionately long in the femur. Prefer a forward-ish flap, very narrow twist and very set-back stirrup bar. Usually 17.5" seat.
- Pessoas seem to generally put me in a terrible chair seat, as does my beloved CWD
- Horse 1: 4 year old, 16.2hh TB, fairly wide spine and large shoulders with some wither definition. Slight hollow behind the shoulder that is gradually filling in as he matures.
- Horse 2: 7 year old, 16.3hh TB x WB, a little narrower than the TB with steeper withers, similar hollow behind the shoulder. (I also expect this to change, he is a rescue and has just recently gotten back into work)
- Horse 3: 6 year old, 18.0hh TB, pronounced withers and large, broad, fairly steep shoulders. Very very slight hollow behind the shoulder (by far the flattest of the three in that respect).
- I have a Hampson & Scott model no. 3 on trial right now, medium-narrow tree with wither clearance. It fits the two smaller horses pretty well aside from some very slight bridging which disappears when they are working. I love the stirrup bar placement, the flap shape and the width of the twist, however I would prefer something wwool-flocked, and perhaps with a bit more knee roll.
- Also tried a Dominus (not sure of the model, I just know it’s not the Bruce Davidson), which was too wide in the twist, too far forward in the stirrup bars and not forward in enough in the flap.
- I understand that I will more than likely have to buy two saddles to give the big guy and the smaller ones an acceptable fit. However I am interested in opinions on some of the convertible/exchangeable gullet saddles as the three horses are a somewhat similar shape - just different widths.
- I would prefer not to spend over $1500 on a saddle unless it will likely fit all three horses.