Posted by Gail Ivey on 4/27/2012, 10:35 pm, in reply to "Re: I highly recommend"
A good saddle fitter will look at the ones you have that don't fit and make suggestions as to what you can do to help them. For example, does it just need to be restuffed? Maybe move the stirrup bar? Saddles can be major investments, so keeping one you already have could be a good thing. |
On the other hand, if you want to go with a saddle fitter that sells saddles, bear in mind that they may be depending upon saddle sales for their income, not the fitting. Saddles That Fit are good folks and don't push any saddles on you, but they carry a good selection and will help you find one you can live with. They are pretty expensive, unless you can set up a saddle fitting clinic with 3 or 4 people, then they're very reasonable. And there are no guarantees they will have the saddle your horse needs. The companies that make the saddles they carry will ship the right one to you, but I've had three students return them due to them not fitting. That doesn't mean the saddle you tried out of their truck didn't fit, it means no two saddles are made exactly the same, so the exact same brand saddle with the exact same tree may not fit your horse, just because the one on the truck did. Things get complicated when that happens.
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