Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lovely to look at, but...

Hey, all, here is another saddle for your review -- tell me what you think of the look and fit.  I tried several saddles from this fitter, who sells, among other things, a custom Wolfgang Solo. I liked the short exposed block version of the WGS, but the short block test saddle was 18" -- too big. The 17.5" saddle had a long block. Their 17.5" short block saddle was out on trial. In finally came back to them, and they sent it to me, and here it is on Ri Ri.

This saddle came with a feature I didn't expect, which is a fancier leather type -- a $400 upgrade. I was afraid I'd fall in love with the upgrade, but quite the opposite. I didn't like it. In fact, the saddle did not feel at all the same as the ones I tried 3 weeks ago. Since I've already ordered a Black Country saddle, this was kind of a relief. For those of you actually reading this far, here's a hint. The saddle does not fit.


  1. Hi Stacey,

    Do you mind elaborating on why and where it doesn't fit? My lack of education is showing - it doesn't look quite "right" to me (particularly around the pommel), but I can't quite put my finger on why...


  2. Hi Leslie, I'm going to "hold off" and let others respond, but I do have a fairly authoritative answer here. I'll post tomorrow.

  3. I looks much too narrow to me.

  4. Since there is tons of wither clearance, I am going to go with "too narrow". I think the channel looks like it might be pinching his spine under the rider's seat. Below the tree points, the saddle also seems very tight, so perhaps the angle and the width are incorrect for Riley.

    Thanks for the photos!

  5. Too narrow at the top. See where the padding on the sides doesn't touch the horse?

    Ouch! Pinchie!!

  6. The tree is not right for his wither/shoulder. Looks narrow as it does not sit down on his back. The gullet looks narrow for him too.

    Interesting looking saddle, though. I'm not too keen on the looks of this monoflap, though as it kind of looks "unfinished" to me. Might be the front knee rolls? H-m-m-m-m-m.

    That Black Country sounds better and better in comparison to some of these others you've tried.

  7. Yep, waaay too narrow. The balance point is too far towards the cantle as well as what it noted in the other comments.

  8. I follow your blog but rarely comment...have you tried looking at saddlefitter blogspot ? ( )...very informative even though it's not updated or posted on a regular basis (which I love about your blog!)...saddle from my inexperienced eye is that it's too narrow, the "lines" don't match up...


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