On a saddle, what is meant by a "straight head"?

Sarah-B

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Sorry for the dozy question, but Kay has told me on a saddle I should look for a "straight head" as it gives a little more room in the seat.

I thought I was familiar with all the parts of a saddle but don't know what this means - help!!
 

ponylover88

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ive never heard of that before either? maybe she means a cut back pommel. im used to cut back pommels, i personally find them comfier, but my new saddle hasnt got one, and ouch!! :eek:
 

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i'm not sure either but would be interested to know. At a guess.. (and this is just a stab in the dark) i would have thought she is talking about the pommel, being instead of rounded and going over the wither... maybe it's a straight cut back one...??

We have a brand of saddle over here called a status and it has the pommel i'm thinking about.. i'll add a link...

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Saddle-status-16inch-near-new-unmounted-black_W0QQitemZ7214983617QQcategoryZ3170QQtcZphotoQQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

i'm probably way off track tho :D
 

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Both of those saddles have a cut back head. Some saddles have more of a cutback than others. If you look up a Lane Fox saddle on Google, you'll see an example of a big cutback.
 

Wally

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No, The photo above does have a slight cut back, a straight head has no swell in it at all.
 

Wally

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hang on I'll have a look for a true straight head.
 

Sarah-B

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Can anybody find a piccie of a straight cut head from above (like the piccies I posted) so I can really see what I'm looking for?
 

Sarah-B

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Yes!! That's a cut back head, cut back quite a lot in fact and I can now see how having a "straight head" would give you more room in the seat.

(Hope you don't mind me using your piccie hun!!)
 

Wally

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We used to make Lane Fox Show saddles these things have a 4 inch cut back, I think you can see it here. They were a pain to lace in, sore knuckles every time!
 

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