Considering a DIY saddle...Possible journal.

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Ordered this tree-
https://www.ralide.com/product/model-1450/
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5 3/4inch gullet, smallest I could find that still was a 14 inch seat. I'm hoping the rock & twist will match or be close to my pony, but it can't be any worse than all the others I've tried/bought...Right?...Ugh.
If its terrible, it'll be resold.

Anywho, I'll be dressing it up skeleton style. So just the bare essentials with my English leathers & irons for further weight trimming & leg contact.

This is an example of a skeleton rigged saddle-
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If anyone else has done this, please share!

I'm currently looking at 2 finished saddles that are supposed to be 5.5". If I like one of them, I'll buy it, have it shipped and pray that it fits. If not, I'll be even more poor, until it sells.
 
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Got a little sewing done and dry fitting.
If the Dees arrive Monday, then I'll be able to test the saddle out the next day!
Will glue pads & seat cushion after the Dees are installed.
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Pony doesn't know a rear cinch, though, I have flanked him from the ground to get him used to it. Been doing that with the little gelding while also working on heart girth pressure, so I was like, why not see if the big pony will care...lol.
So I'll strap the saddle on and lunge him for a bit to see how he takes it.
 

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Arrived at 3pm...I'm less than a third of a mile from the PO...hah.
I was putting up temporary snowfence to keep ewes away from neighbor when the box arrived, so didn't get to it until 4pm.

Got the back dees installed. Front dees are on, sewn together, but still need to sew the twist in the webbing. I ended up looping the webbing up over the rise and not through the fender slot.

Pictures of it on my pony tomorrow. :)
 

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Okay, went to trainer buddy's place.
Would of preferred that it was a true 14" and not a 14 3/4". Maybe I should of tried the 13"...lol.

Anywho, I ended up dropping the stirrups down two holes. I could probably go another hole, also helped that he wasn't bloated on hay..hah.
I need to sew the front dees to the strapping.

Going to order a slightly shorter cinch & add some holes to the connection strap.

Pretty comfy!

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