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[RC] Ortho-Flex Patriot was "saddle twist" - Don Huston

Yea Jonni,
OF Patriot has been my main enduro saddle for 8 years now. After several months riding I decided to remove the metal spacers from all 4 points and screwed the panels flush with the tree but not tight, just snug, so they can still move around some. Made a world of difference on fitting my horse. Wider distance between the panels meant the saddle fit down onto my horse's back and withers nice and snug instead of perched way high and not secure. Like in your analogy, went from an A frame to a flatter Spanish adobe, much more solid fit. Might work on one of your horses too?

At 04:52 PM 9/25/2006 Monday, you wrote:

Now, that being said, the two saddles that have fit my husband the best,
with narrow twists were very different. The first was an english saddle,
that was also for a narrow horse. The current saddle, that fits him well is
an Ortho-Flex patriot. Of course, the OF panels on this particular saddle
did not work on any of our horses. Often for that narrow twist, the saddle
"peaks" more. Kind of like an A frame house, vs. a wide twist, which would
be more like a flat Spanish adobe house <grin>.

Don Huston <donhuston@xxxxxxx>


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[RC] saddle twist, Jonni