Buying and fitting a second hand saddle

Discussion in 'Horse and Rider Safety' started by cobmum, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. cobmum

    cobmum Active Member

    When I was in the UK saddle fitters often brought out various New and used saddles with them or alternatively I would visit a tack shop who would allow me to take away a selection of saddles for the fitter to check before purchasing.

    How does it work over in Perth? I see lots of online advertisements for used saddles on websites and groups but how can you buy without ensuring it correctly fits.
     
  2. Warren

    Warren New Member

    Saddle fitters will bring a range of new saddles for you to try but if you want to buy second hand privately you can't usually try before you buy. Most people generally buy a used saddle they like and then get a saddle fitter to come and adjust it to suit the horse. Saddles usually have a changeable gullet which makes them adjustable to suit a wide range of horses.
     
  3. Lucksta

    Lucksta Well-known Member

    Lou Collins :) Best saddle fitter in WA..

    I get her out, get her to bring a range of saddles and also tell me what saddles will and will not suit him.
     
  4. Nikiwink

    Nikiwink Well-known Member

    I use Lou as my saddle fitter mostly too. If i was shopping though i'd have all 3 fitters out with their range and suggestions and and a ride in as many as possible. Pay for their time etc but let them know you're looking for something second hand and just want to try some different styles.
     
  5. CTCT

    CTCT New Member

    You can make templates of your horse's back from stiff wire (coathanger wire works: flat aluminium strip material is even better) and take it with you to know if the fit is close. Then get a saddle fitter to make any necessary adjustments. No point buying a saddle if the fit isn't within cooee.
    Have a look here: Wither Tracings - How to Make a Wither Tracing for Saddle Fitting
    This is how we always used to buy in the UK, in the good ol' days before travelling saddle fitters!
     
  6. Warren

    Warren New Member

    It is possible to make a 3D model of your horse's back too by using metal to follow various curves on the horse, transferring those curves onto cardboard and then cutting the pieces out and slotting them together. I know people who have had saddles custom made without the maker ever seeing the horse, he worked off a "flatpack" cardboard model which was posted to him.
     
  7. Bella85

    Bella85 New Member

    Do saddle fitters in the Perth area only specialise in certain 'types' of saddles? I am interested in half breeds or stock type saddles with fenders. Are then any fitters who have a good range of these?
    Thanks
     
  8. realalvin

    realalvin New Member

    I do agree.Buying a excellent saddle is not easy.Maybe you can search on some online shops.I often do so.I always browse the Internet to find some Horseware saddles,Harrison Howard saddles or Native Pony saddles.




     
  9. Jemima

    Jemima Active Member

    When I was looking for a new second hand dressage saddle I borrowed from my friends who had various brands and tried them out on my horse. Once I found the ones which worked for her then I was able to shop seriously for something that was going to be right. I didn't use a saddle fitter, just got lucky! I bought a Thorowgood in the end and love it - fits well too.
     

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