I’ll start off by apologizing for bringing this topic up again. I have sifted through all of the other related forums on here and haven’t quite found an answer.
TL;DR - Was convinced to buy a Butet saddle that didn’t fit my horse (AT ALL), trying to find a new one that will fit a warmblood with WIDE shoulders with a convex (I think) and a short but wide wither. Any advice appreciated!
I have always ridden in Butet saddles. Recently my horse’s body worker/massage therapist said my saddle was starting to get a bit tight behind my horse’s shoulders. I have also been wanting a new one for myself for some time as this one just hasn’t felt right with this horse. So I immediately called the rep out.
I purchased a new Butet, trusting the rep. that it fit my horse. We weren’t able to test it over jumps because my trainer was away. In the meantime I paid for the saddle because it felt good for me.
When my trainer got back we had a jumping lesson that went terribly. My horse was a tad wild - spooking at nothing, stopping mid canted and doing these weird spin bucks which he had never done before. We just thought maybe it was because he hadn’t jumped in a few weeks and was fresh. The second lesson a few days later was worse. He was upset and doing more spins and being backed off of jumped - not like him at all. He’s a sensitive horse and let’s you know when something hurts so I figured it must be the saddle. My trainer checked it and sure enough, it was digging in to my poor boy’s shoulders. A few days later I tried my trainer’s saddle (Antares) over jumps and had ZERO issues. In fact, he felt the best he’d felt in a while. Although it wasn’t the best fit for me.
I was so upset I did this to him and should have known better to question the rep more. I now see how much of a pushover I am.
From what I am reading online no Butet saddle will fit him because of his build. And I don’t think I can trust the rep now.
I tried some CWD’s and I don’t know how I feel about them. The rep said I couldn’t trial them either because they were the only ones he had for testing. He did agree to come back with them when I had my jumping lesson. But I am very nervous that I am just going to get sold a bill of goods again and buy an ill-fitting saddle.
In my area saddle fitters are being booked 2+ months in advance so I can’t coordinate a time to have one come out at the same time as trialling saddles.
I am going to try Antares and Delgrange as well but just don’t know what I should be looking at for fit behind the shoulder. I know there should be some contact but how much is too much?
Sorry for the semi-rant. I am very frustrated.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!!