I bought her a year and a half ago. I had sold a mare I loved, but that was not suited to the riding I do, it was early spring and I desperately needed a horse for the upcoming trail riding season. I saw an add for a very cheap arab mare that had been up for several months. She was not very attractive, and headed for auction. I went and looked at her and the seller committed essentially all the major horse showing mistakes; Horse was caught, tied, saddled and obviously rode before I got there. The bit was too big, the saddle was ill fitting and the seller didn't want to ride the horse first. He also said her feet were just done(shoes had been on at least 6 months) and changed the subject whenever I asked how she was to catch. I decided to ride her anyways, just at a walk. There was something I liked about her, and I felt at the very least I could resell her later. I have experience retraining problem horses, so I took a chance and brought the cheap, wormy, scruffy, over-grown-footed Arabian home. Turned out to be a great decision.
Now to the point of the story,
I was pretty proud of my bargain pony, until I took her to get her teeth done and found out she took more anesthetic than a draft horse to put her under. Then I discovered I needed a new bit and bridle, because her head was too small, and then the unpleasant realization that she has a weird shaped back. See, she has a slight dip in her back, no real withers, fairly broad shoulders, but over all narrow. She needs a wide shouldered, narrow treed, rockered short saddle, that has a 16" seat. I custom ordered an aussie, and got two different girths, a fleece one and a very expensive hospital felt one. She didn't like the fleece immediately, so I used the felt. I made sure it wasn't too tight and I'm a balanced rider. We did several short rides, and there didn't seem to be any real problem. We went on a longer ride(12 miles) and I undid the cinch to find awful cinch sores. The cinch was smooth, nothing stuck any where, it just decided to rub.
So I gave her a month off, called the dealer who sold me the cinch, bought a custom converter so I could use a highly recommended mohair cinch, and tried that. That worked for a while. As she got in shape, the saddle no longer fit, so I went saddle shopping again. This time I found the perfect saddle, and was still able to use the mohair cinch.
Fast forward to this year. I was told not to wash a mohair cinch, just rinse the sweat off if necessary, so that's what I've been doing. I rode a good bit in june and early july, but she got a cold, bumped a back leg and I went on vacation, so we haven't done much riding in the last 2 months. I took her for a 5 mile ride the other day, and ended up doing 3 miles of that stirrup less, when one broke. I went to ride her yesterday, and noticed a patch of hair was rubbed off. URG
She has no withers, so a 'grippy' cinch like mohair is perfect. Why is it rubbing periodically? I'm balanced, the saddle is never too tight, and there is nothing rough to rub. The saddle doesn't feel like its slipping or moving.