I think we are digressing here, not that it isn't nice to learn about mold and prevention but how about a thread with that title so folks wanting to learn that can find it. I'm still want learn about the saddle. I have seen hard ridgid saddles and soft formless ones. What are the pros and cons of each type. What do the funny furry dots do on the inside of the saddle. How ever does one clean them of swea? Do we need a saddle pad? Carry on TAffy, inquiring learners want to kn ow.
It is deffinatly better to have a saddle that has a tree in it. Just like a riding saddle it needs to fit the horse.
While a saddle without a tree might fit your rolly polly horse now but not when he gets older and he looses nuscle and fat along the spine. You deffinatly do not want the saddle sitting on the horse's back bone.
The lecturer I listened to at the ADS meeting said you can carefully and slightly
bend the tree in your harness saddle. Personally
I like using a saddle pad. Although your harness should fit without one, but I think a pad is more comfy for the horse, saves on harness cleaning, and I think it saves the breaking down of the harnesses own padding. The only time I do not use a pad on the saddle and the breast collar is showing in the ring.
I have both the fleece pads and the Gator pads, they are a synthetic.
think the fleece are great and 1/3 the price of the gator pads. The fleece need to be washed more often while the gator pads you just wipe off. I would get the breast collar pads and use them under the saddle if it will fit, they are longer and come down the sides farther on your saddle.