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claireandsmokey

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hes got an extra wide saddle and it doesnt fit

can anyone help please i brought my fab boy smokey an extra wide wintec saddle cost me £350 but hes gone to the riding school following a winter off and it to small for him .   i thought the wintect were prety much the widest you could get for the adjustable bits but hes still to wide , he is not a fat horse he is a 14.2 cob but is very muscular and strong can anyone help please not sure what to try him in next tack is so expensive :)

 

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: hes got an extra wide saddle and it doesnt fit

 Hi - I have a haflinger who i've had for 5 years since he was 4, he has had 5 saddles in as many years.  

I know tack is expensive (I've had 4 x £1k saddles) but the only thing you can do to be absolutley sure is get a QUALIFIED master saddler out to have a look and give you advice.  I've taken advice over the years from an instructor and a company who claim to be experts in the difficult to fit horse, all with disasterous results both for my horse and my bank account.   

I now have a gfs haflinger exchange which is an adjustable saddle designed for a flat backed horse, it fits and i have the possibility of adjustments from m/w - xxw.  A normal wintec will NOT fit a cob, the wintec wide designed for a cob may well do but you need someone actually qualified for the job to give you that advice.  Saddle mistakes are expensive and painfull for your horse.  There are a number of companies who make specialist cob saddles, thorowgood, gfs, wintec wide, native pony saddle company etc but you can't just buy and hope, the £40 quid or so you pay a master saddler to have a look and give you advice will save you hundreds if not thousands in mistakes

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: hes got an extra wide saddle and it doesnt fit

I had my saddle made my The Saddle Company to templates and altered by their fitter as was originally made for my ex-racehorse who only used the saddle for a few times till she suddendly died, my new horse is a Belgian Warmblood and I thought a new saddle again but the fitter got it to fit using templates, or you could go with I think its called a flexirider treeless saddle which looks like a normal saddle and you just need a normal numnah, the YO uses one and I think they are about £246.

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Leo2980

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Leo2980 says:

Re: hes got an extra wide saddle and it doesnt fit

Wintec do an 'ordinary' saddle that you can put an extra wide gullet in but they also do the Wintec Wide saddle, which is especially designed for broader, cob type horses.  I have the Wintec Wide saddle fitted with an extra wide gullet for my 14.3hh Welsh D X which fits him perfectly, but the ordinary Wintec fitted with an extra wide gullet is far too tight on him.

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emaluvsmango

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emaluvsmango says:

Re: hes got an extra wide saddle and it doesnt fit

I use a barefoot treeless, although it looks and feels a bit different when your not used to treeless, i wasnt so sure when i pulled it out the box, but id looked at everything else and nothing worked else worked for his wide shoulders, i would have been looking over a £1000 and paying more for my saddle than i did for my pony seemed a little much! lol

It fits him great he has the xxw insert in there, theres clear spinal clearance which you can see with sweat patches too when weve been on a longer hack. he's only 4 so we have had little bucks, rears and bolts and the saddle has stuck solid in place, suits us well :) heres a few pics

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: hes got an extra wide saddle and it doesnt fit

Part  of the iformation I gave was not quite correct that Treeless Saddle that loves like a normal saddle is an Easy Trek  Flexiride, I went and checked pack at the stables while doing the things you do for your horse, mine is Sabrina now with the battle to have her fly mask on.

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: hes got an extra wide saddle and it doesnt fit

 When we had Guinness who was a 14.2 wide cob he was in Trekker Treeless saddle and it fitted him very well he was like a surfboard so we had a little slipping of the saddle but nothing drastic.. defo get a professional out though they will give you the best advice x

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