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Thorowgood T8 High Wither Dressage Saddle

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The Thorowgood T8 High Wither Dressage Saddle is tailored for high withered horses, such as thoroughbreds, with tree and panels specially shaped to give maximum clearance. The Thorowgood T8 High Wither Dressage Saddle incorporates quality leather on seat, knee pads and trim to give the feel of riding on an all leather saddle. The moveable under-flap thigh blocks combine to help the rider maintain a balanced dressage position.

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  • Easy to change gullet bars to best fit the width of your horses withers.
  • Low profile panels offer closer rider contact.
  • Three built-in girthing options ensure maximum saddle stability.
  • Saddle comes with a Medium size gullet bar

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    Thorowgood T8 High Wither Dressage Saddle is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fit I have a young, high withered horse: He has already grown out of two saddles as his muscling changes. This saddle fits him perfectly and is super comfy to ride in. Puts my leg in the right place and the deep seat is surprisingly not constricting. I had another Thorowgood which I sold after 8 years, and the new person is riding and showing in it. These saddles hold up.
    Date published: 2018-10-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was delivered to me all busted up and cracked I ordered this saddle online. And when I finally did receive it the saddle had white paint and was all cracked . I had to send it back the next day. They didn’t give me reasons why it was that way and the box it came in was fine. It took weeks for them to send me another by air mail because I started to Complain . No sorry or anything. First real problem I have had with Smartpak. The new saddle I finally got is NICE .
    Date published: 2018-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value Bought this saddle for a very hard to fit refined TB after trying several others including “the adjustable tree type.” Outr horse was very quick to let us know if the saddles were not a good fit for him and much preferred the stubben and Antares that were over budget. Our trainer rode him in it as our final decision and found it to be comfortable for the price range. The outer leather is soft and supple. A good buy for the high withered tb type.
    Date published: 2018-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for a growing horse I've had this saddle for about six months. I find that it's comfortable and doesn't force you into a certain position (which sometimes is good, sometimes is bad!). I purchased this saddle specifically because I had gotten a young, underweight thoroughbred and knew that she would be putting on weight and changing her shape often over the next few years. I love how adjustable this saddle is. Unlike other synthetic saddles that I researched, this one has wool flocked panels still, so my saddle fitter was able to shape it to my mare. He actually seemed quite happy to work on a Thorowgood. While I do like the saddle, the underside of the panels is a very porous, cloth-like material that I fear is really absorbing sweat. This is also the most difficult part of the saddle to clean. In the warmer months you could really see the sweat outlines on the panels, and can't just wipe them down like the other portions of the saddle.
    Date published: 2018-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit ! My shark-withered TB is so much more comfortable in this saddle. ! Able to get right to work and having fun too.
    Date published: 2017-12-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't fit like the trial saddle I purchased the trial saddle, like it and re-ordered a non-trial saddle. The fit on the second saddle was not the same and my horse hated it. I contacted smartpak to return it and said I could return it no-problem. I was then charged a 10% re-stocking fee, which wasn't explained until after they had received the second saddle. Please be aware of the fees and the possible fit issues between saddles. The saddles' seat is a comfy leather, but the underside and panels are stiff due to it being synthetic.
    Date published: 2017-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely saddle Purchased a month ago. Exactly what I thought it was going to be. Great entry level saddle for the price. Fits horse and rider very well.
    Date published: 2017-09-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice saddle, good value Purchased this saddle through Smartpak's generous trial saddle program. The saddle was very well made and the leather and synthetic components worked very well together and were of good quality. I have owned a T4 saddle for several years so I can attest that these saddles are quite durable; my T4 is still as nice as the day I bought it. The T8 with its leather additions is a very nice saddle, with especially good quality for its cost. Unfortunately this T8 didn't ft my mare so I had to return it.
    Date published: 2017-07-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful saddle A saddle fitter recommended this saddle for my old OTTB with high withers and a poor topline. It seems to fit him well and it's comfortable enough for me. I love the leather/synthetic hybrid- it looks like an expensive all leather saddle, but it's reasonably priced. My only complaint is that I found the gullets difficult to change - I had a very hard time putting the saddle back together after putting in a different gullet. The one side just didn't want to go in correctly for the longest time. It also comes with very little information on changing the gullet or adjusting the billets, athough I found a video online about the gullet (that didn't really help with my issue).
    Date published: 2017-03-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from A nice saddle for the money but some flaws This is a two part review of this purchase of this saddle, which I purchased through the test ride program. First, the saddle: it was reasonably well made for the price. I bought off the recommendation from a saddle fitter to deal with my thoroughbred. He does not have high withers, but rather is wide just after his withers. The saddle ended up fitting him well and he was very comfortable in it. It is of good quality for a synthetic saddle, but as I was coming from a buffalo leather upper end saddle, it did not make my heart sing when I opened the box. It was just okay. It rode comfortably enough. The test saddle I received had chunks of material missing from the knee blocks as well as cracking of the material on the underside of the cantle, which could have been because of the shipping process being more extensive for a test saddle. But it made me worry about how the saddle would hold up for constant use. The biggest complaint I had about the saddle was the process it took to change out the gullet. I have had other saddles that I changed the gullet out and it was not nearly as frustrating as this one. My husband and I got so frustrated we had to take turns. It is a process to get it off and then back together, so I would not buy this saddle if you anticipated having to do that on any frequent basis. We did it twice because I had to return the saddle with the original gullet and while the second time was easier, it still took almost 30 minutes and some swearing. My second comment in this review is on the test ride process. It is very nice to have that ability to try a saddle and return it if you don't like it. In this case, you also have the option of returning the test saddle and then getting an actual new saddle if you liked the test saddle. This is what I chose because the company made it sound easy and the test ride saddle I received had some dings I didn't want to pay full price for. What they didn't say was that when you return the test saddle, it has to go through a formal returns process in their returns department and that has taken long enough that I will be without a saddle for two weeks once it gets back to me. So don't use the program and expect the prompt shipping of the new saddle from SmartPak. Which is very out of character for this company that normally has excellent customer service. And they would not move up the process when I explained I needed the saddle for scheduled clinic and saddle fitter. But it works well to know if you need to test ride, just not if you need a saddle promptly.
    Date published: 2017-02-22
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