I’m a bit of a fan of the Wintec saddle, I must admit and have found getting one fitted to my rather wide, swayed backed gelding to be a particularly good move in relation to his comfort and mine (although I’m certain a fitted leather saddle would have the same result).
When I first got the saddle fitted to Pride, he was rather… obese and a couple of years later dropped down to a better weight and therefore changed shape. It was very easy to have someone out to reassess the saddle and how it sits on him and make the appropriate changes. Some more padding was required in the panels and the gullet was able to be adjusted to a wider one as Pride’s shape over his wither had also changed.
I have on another occasion had someone out to again assess the fit of the saddle when my gelding again changed shape/weight and they had to reflock the panels. It’s been suggested that the saddle be assessed on an annual basis and let’s face it, your horse can change shape quite a bit over this duration.
This was all done as part of a service offered through Horseland in Australia. Horseland actually have an Accredited Saddle Fitting Course which can be found out about at https://www.horseland.com.au/Saddlefitting/Saddle%20Fitting.asp. Again, this is a course I’d be interested in just for personal learning but two levels are offered and people have made a business out of providing this service.
http://www.eurosaddleimports.com.au/service.asp – saddle fitting for NSW and Queensland, Australia.
http://rbe.co.uk/html/saddle_fitting.html – saddle fitting service located at Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK.
http://www.sansomsaddlery.co.uk/saddle_fitting.htm – saddle fitting, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
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