Re: saddle fit??
Sat, 8 Nov 1997 11:56:08 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-11-07 17:16:19 EST, you write:

She is Tennessee Walker very refined build, 23" back!!! swingy ,narrow
withered with one shoulder higher than the other. I have found a few that
are ok on her but were terrible for me. Most saddle either sore her
shoulderws or her loins, (lots of shoulder rotation) and the swingiest hind
end, I am 5'10 so I need something that fits her and me. I prefer a
western type with a flat seat and not too narrow!!! Is that an order you
can fill?? Please let me know.
I have had the occassion to fit racehorses that were unevenly developed in
the shoulders. The Australian saddle can be awled, or adapt itself very
nicely to variations in conformation, because the packing literally comes
down and finds the horse's back. You are the one I am concerned about.
Unless you were willing to adapt to a different type of saddle, I know of no
Australian saddle that has a flat western type seat. The stock seats are
designed to cup the rider against load shifting, and makes it easier for the
horse to carry you. Endurance saddles are flat
and allow for more freedom with less weight, besides stability. So unless you
want to ride in the saddle that keeps YOU, I'm sorry, I really don't have
another answer. There is a reason for everything it took the Australians 200
years to develop, and I believe in the purity of the concept. Their idea is
"to keep the horse between you and the ground, at all times!" If you have
any questions at all, I am happy to answer you. Judy