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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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Favorite Features
  • 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


Flap Lengths:

17"- 15.5"
18"- 16.75

Uses long "R Type" gullet bar
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    Thorowgood T8 High Wither Dressage Saddle is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8.
    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
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously in love with this saddle I'm new to dressage, making the move from H/J and did not want to invest a ton into a new saddle. After reading every review I could find and hearing some good things from those who have had them I purchased one. Even though my TB doesn't have a super high wither I purchased the hw model and it fits him wonderfully. I find it allot more comfortable then a few others I tried and it looks really nice too!
    Date published: 2017-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing like a Wintec... The overall quality of this hybrid synthetic saddle is guaranteed to surprise the most skeptical DQ out there. The seat, knee roll, and trim are an extremely high quality leather, far beyond what most manufacturers use. The synthetic parts, well, you just don't see or feel them. For the horse, the High Withers version really gets the clearance around the spinal/bony area of shark-finned ponies like mine. My finicky gelding immediately put his head down and went to work with absolutely no drama. For the rider, the seat is amazingly comfortable, and that perfect blend of support without feeling forced into any position. I'd say it runs a tad large in seat size. If you are a true 17.5 or 18, go with your regular size. I'm right on the verge of 17.5 to 18 and went with the 18. I probably should have gone with the 17.5 in this case, but I'm not sending it back...
    Date published: 2016-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The answer for saddle fit issues on a budget. I haven't owned or ridden in this saddle long enough to give it an accurate rating. However, I trialed the saddle and ultimately bought it for my shark-finned TB. I admit to being a "snob" and not wanting to go synthetic, but there was no way I could afford (or justify) custom for the riding we do these days. I was very pleasantly surprised at how comfortable this saddle was to sit in when I trialed it. Has a nice wide channel for spine clearance and being able to adjust the front billet has been very helpful. My TB has some special conformation issues, which means no saddle will fit him perfectly, but this high wither model coupled with the narrow/medium gullet and a shim-able ThinLine pad have made him so much more comfortable at what I feel is a very reasonable expense. I have very high hopes that with this saddle we can finally get back to enjoying riding again.
    Date published: 2016-04-07
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