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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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Favorite Features

  • 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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Flap Lengths:

17"- 13.75"
17.5"- 14.5"
18"- 15.75"
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    Thorowgood T8 High Wither Compact GP Saddle is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
    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
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