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  • Pros and cons of the comfyfit horse harness
  • Harness saddle with or without padding pros?

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    10-04-2012, 12:04 PM
  #31
Foal
Oh and for mold and mildew on leather I use a 6 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Wipe is down with a sponge and then put out in the sun. I have yet to have the mold come back and the vinegar takes the smell away. :)
     
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    10-04-2012, 01:44 PM
  #32
Weanling
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.
     
    10-04-2012, 03:47 PM
  #33
Yearling
I had a harness that had a saddle with too much padding on it - it was TALL when I put it on my very round horse, but looked good on my older gelding who was a little more shallow behind the shoulders. I have another harness with a very flat saddle and I use a pad with it. The felts on the bottom, I believe, are to cover the rivets that were used to make the saddle, so they don't irritate the horse if you don't use a pad. How to clean them? I use a saddle soap that lathers, and a toothbrush to get around those rivets underneath. And lots of elbow grease - it is easier to use a thin pad, that is for sure.
     
    10-04-2012, 06:34 PM
  #34
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse    
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.
I personally 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.
     
    10-07-2012, 06:40 PM
  #35
Weanling
saddle fit on my pony

My pony is fat and round. She is 13.2. Here is my saddle. What do you think of the fit.
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    10-07-2012, 07:04 PM
  #36
Green Broke
I could actually see the saddle better on the breast collar thread, but this gives a different view. I like how much padding it has on it and it is well above the spine. Your saddle is a gig saddle and it distributes the weight of the shafts all along the saddle not just the top, more comfy for your pony.

The tugs will probably need to be lowered to accomidate the shafts, but that comes later.

So far so good !!!
     
    10-07-2012, 08:06 PM
  #37
Weanling
Thanks, I know the tugs are too high, that is just how it came. There is a lot of adjustment to make it lower
     

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