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Thorowgood T8 High Wither Compact GP Saddle

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The Thorowgood T8 High Wither Compact GP Saddle is ideal for shorter backed or croup high horses.  It is a very good option for the petite rider on a large pony or small horse.  Tailored for high-withered horses, such as Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods, with tree and panels specially shaped to give maximum wither clearance.  Compared to other saddles, the High Wither Compact GP is compact for its size, has a neat seat, slimmer rear gussets and the tree is shorter and slightly flatter on the underside.

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  • Lightweight and kind to your horse's back, recommended by the Veteran Horse Society and the Veteran Welfare Trust
  • Super-comfy deeper seat that gives you a little extra in-saddle security and locates you centrally
  • Versatile GP that forward enough cut to allow for jumping and cross-country as well as schooling and hacking
  • Quality leather seat and knee pads give the feel of riding on an all leather saddle
  • Changable gullet for a custom fit
  • Flocked with 100% British wool
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    Thorowgood T8 High Wither Compact GP Saddle is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for a Wide Horse First of all, I'm really grateful for the SmartPak saddle try-out system. They gave me the chance to try a product I really thought would work...and was the biggest failure of my saddle hunt overall. Being able to return the saddle definitely took some of the sting out! I have an old (old!) Thorogood Maxam and I love it to pieces, so I had high hopes for this T8 with my hard-to-fit horse. He's ridiculously wide in the wither in spite of his modest barrel, short-backed, and has shoulders that won't quit. So the high-wither compact with the widest tree really seemed like a good bet. I wasn't happy with it out of the box. It seemed a clumsy saddle, bulgy in odd places, startlingly difficult to access stirrup bars, weird collapsing spots where the back of the flap met the panel. On the horse it was better than I expected with all of that, sitting compactly on his weight-bearing area. But it seemed to me that while the width was actually perfect for him, the back panels didn't spread or flatten to match the flattish shape you would expect with a horse that wide up front. My horse agreed. I mounted up to get a feel for it (to help with future decisions) and got a flying lesson when he spun away from a pinch. That saddle literally catapulted me into the air--have never felt anything like it. First time I've been out of a saddle in a decade, third time in...well...ever. The first two times, the horse had to try a lot harder. Of course, other people are no doubt better riders, and younger, and bounce better... But I can't by any means advise this saddle for a wide horse, especially one with wide-ish spinal processes. Probably does a lot better in the narrow range.
    Date published: 2018-12-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great saddle for the price... Tried this saddle on my OTTB and while the wither clearance was fantastic, it was unfortunately way too tight on his shoulder blades and made him walk as if he was lame. That's not the fault of the saddle, but just wasn't a good fit for my gelding. The leather seat is nice and the saddle was very comfy for the few minutes that I rode in it. The billets were a bit stiff and bulky, but I am sure this would change once it breaks in. LOVE the test saddle program and mine looked brand new when I pulled it out of the box. It's certainly worth a try and a steal if it works on your horse!
    Date published: 2018-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable This saddle fits my young ottb very well with a gullet change. I like the changeable gullet system as my guy is young and will develop his withers over the next couple of years. The saddle is super comfortable for me and my horse has easy movement under it. Very nice looking too.
    Date published: 2017-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and beautiful saddle! I needed a wider saddle for a hard to fit thoroughbred and this was perfect! Not only does it fit my big guy, it looks beautiful as well. I love that the knee rolls are easily removable as well to adjust for comfort. I have only had it a few months but so far it's breaking in fantastically and we love it. I did buy an additional, wider gullet however I did not need it as the one it came with was wide enough already. Overall I would highly recommend this lovely saddle.
    Date published: 2017-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorowgood T8 High Wither Compact GP Saddle I purchased this saddle through SmartPak's Test Ride program for the sensitive and hard-to-fit OTTB I am leasing. He has a moderately high wither, but rather large shoulders, and this is the only saddle I tried that was wide enough in the shoulder (with the wide gullet installed) without being too low on his withers. Between the Test Ride saddle and the one I purchased, I've been using it for two weeks and my OTTB seems to be very happy! He can be cranky about saddling and mounting, but since I've been riding in the T8 High Wither saddle those problems have disappeared. He is also moving much more freely through his shoulders and starting to come up in his back, so I feel the saddle must be comfortable for him. It is also very comfortable for the rider, with high quality leather on the seat and knee roll. Although it is a GP saddle with a higher cantle, I've had no issues jumping up to 3' in it. It is a well-balanced saddle that puts the rider in the correct position without holding you there. I will say that the seat on the brand new saddle was a bit slippery the first few rides, but it seems to be getting better with use. The seat also isn't as deep as on Thorowgood's T4 range of GP saddles (which I also test rode), so it's not the best if you're looking for a really "sticky" saddle. I've also gotten a number of compliments on the appearance of the saddle. Bottom line - this is quite a lot of saddle for the money!
    Date published: 2017-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Saddle that Fits! This saddle is great! After about a year and a half my short- backed, high withered Paso Fino actually has a saddle that fits! I knew it was a keeper when I sat in it on my horses back and it didn't sink on to his withers like many others have. He even seems to be moving better in this saddle. Even going on a trail ride with hills didn't cause the saddle to rub or pinch. The seat is super comfy and the saddle over all is good quality. I would recommend that anyone who has owns a difficult to fit horse with high withers and a short back to try this saddle out!
    Date published: 2016-10-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent saddle. I test rode this saddle in hopes that it would fit my high-withered thoroughbred. It fit fairly well but I decided not to buy because it didn't fit me. This saddle has a very deep seat, which I'm sure is comfortable on trail rides, but it doesn't work for someone who is used to a close contact saddle or is planning on doing some jumping in addition to their flat work. Also there is some thick leather and stitching at the top of the billet straps that make it impossible to use the top holes.
    Date published: 2016-08-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing saddle, but NOT short treed! The quality of the make and feel of this saddle is exceptional. Hands down THE most comfortable seat you will find outside of a custom saddle; the leather is luxurious and padded perfectly (not too wide in the seatbones, either). Well-flocked for the horse, wide 4-finger channel, and full-leather billets for girthing. For quality, this saddle deserves a full 5 stars. However, I ordered this saddle because it is advertised as a "compact" tree, for shorter-backed horses. I own a 16-hand TB x warmblood who I recently discovered requires a 17-inch tree to be happy. Alas, when the 17.5" seat version arrived, the tree length measured 18 inches from front to back (measured on the underside of the saddle from the center of the nailhead/gullet screw straight back to the rear of the panel. Is this shorter than some? Probably. I measured all FOUR of my saddles, which are 18-inch seats (a Bates Isabell dressage, a Dutton RZ XC, a brand new T8 regular Thorowgood dressage, and a custom short-tree Hastilow dressage) and of the five saddles, all were 18-inch tree with only the short-tree Hastilow coming in at 17 inches. I'm trying to figure out why the two Thorowgoods are identical in tree length if one is supposed to be made to fit shorter backs and one is standard. I'm pretty disappointed, as this saddle should have been the perfect solution. Reluctantly sending it back today...
    Date published: 2016-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fits my VERY short backed horse! I purchased this saddle as an interim until my custom saddles for my horses are built. They have VERY short backs....16" of area that the saddle can fit on before you get past the last rib. They also have a pretty dramatic slope up to the croup and a good slope going down from the withers. This saddle is fitting great. Their backs are not sore after a 4 or 6 hour ride in the hills. My only issue is that when I finally received a yellow (widest gullet they sell now) for it, I really had trouble getting it back together. I had no problem with the white one....next size down. But with the widest gullet I had to actually cut away some of the underside of the saddle to get the outside bolts to reach the holes to put them in. Very frustrating....but, not that it is back together, and I don't plan on taking them out, I am very happy with the saddle.
    Date published: 2015-09-16
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