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  1. Limelite Saddlery

    I just want to share a heads up on someone calling themselves a saddle fitter out of California. I recently used Limelite Saddlery/Graham Newell. Newell made saddle adjustments in September so that the Stubben Siegfried saddle would fit my horse. About February 2014 my horse started getting white hairs behind his whethers. When advised of the white hair issue, Newell suggested reflocking the saddle, which I agreed to. He reflocked the saddle on February 20th, though he did not want to see the horse or the white hairs. Since the reflocking, my horse has been getting heat bumps. Newell was invited to inspect and make any corrections that may be required. He declined, stating that his warranty has expired. This is my first eperience with a saddle fitter, and may be the last. I can't recommend Limelite Saddlery or Graham Newell. He attitude is one of arrogance and lack of interest or concern about the fact that confidence in his work put white hairs and heat bumps on my horse. And of course I am left with an unusable saddle.
  2. I am new here and this seemed the most knowledgable forum to post my question about my new plantation saddle...I have been lurking for a while reading the posts about them and trying to learn as much as I could:) I recently purchased an older style Buena Vista plantation saddle, and can't seem to find enough information online to really help me identify it or fit it to my horse. Does this look like a Bona Allen? From what I have read the Genuine BuenaVista 317 stamp should ID it as a Bona Allen, but what about the J stamped on top? The chain link and flower tooling does not look like any of the Bona Allen patterns I have come across in my extremely limited online research. I paid $185 for it...any ideas on value? The second part of my question relates to fitting one of these saddles...The new plantation saddles (Tuckers, etc) seem to have a much flatter curve to the back skirting/panels, whereas this saddle seems wide in front, but much steeper in the back. I am having a rough time envisioning what the tree looks like and where it actually lies within the stuffing. Does anyone have photos of one of these older Buena Vistas sitting appropriately on a a horse?? I did bring a wither tracing with me when I purchased it and it seemed like an ok fit through the shoulders, but the rear of the saddle is totally throwing me off-- I just cant imagine how it would lie flat and make good contact with any horse! Thanks for your help:)
  3. I had fitted and purchased a new saddle a few months ago. Got it about 30 days ago and have been using it. This is a photo of the saddle pad from our ride on Saturday. Can you help me read it? Anything jump out at you?