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post #21 of 25 Old 02-26-2012, 07:54 AM
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I actually have a chiro who will look at the whole picture, including checking the saddle fit. I would hope that you could find one there. I never remember using one when I lived in MD.....

I would start with the chiro. IMO it does no good to get a saddle fitted, replaced, whatever, if she is hollowing her back. Fix her issue first, then work to the tack issue.

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post #22 of 25 Old 02-26-2012, 03:21 PM
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Hows she doing today?? Its sad that they cant tell you whats wrong!!! Wouldn't that make owning any pet alot less stressful!!!!
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post #23 of 25 Old 02-26-2012, 03:46 PM
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Dang! That is a lot of advice from an avatar...

In any case, on your page your write, "Red Embers was a abused horse we got from the auction last June. She does Dressage (2nd level), cross country, showjumping(3 foot), and English pleasure which is what she is being used for now by me."

Some possibilities that have nothing to do with saddle fit:

Maybe she is feeling better, so you are seeing behaviors she didn't have before. Horses sometimes take months to get used to a new owner, and then start trying that owner out. And you wrote, " And she really dosnt sweat.... becuase I don't push her to work because she gets all pissy the minuet I ask her to do something."

So maybe she is testing you and figuring out how to avoid work.

Another possibility: " Dressage (2nd level), cross country, showjumping(3 foot), and English pleasure" are a LOT to throw at a horse unless you've eased the horse into it.

My Arabian mare sometimes gets pissy, but it usually means she isn't certain what I'm asking her to do, or lacks confidence, and then she gets 'pissy'. If pushed further, she gets more than pissy. But if I back off a bit, and make sure she understands what I want, and THEN push - she obeys, and tries to make it work.

Honestly, much of my mare's "marishness" is how I ride. She is a dominate yet fearful horse. She's a perfectionist. She will also try very hard to do what I want IF she understands what it is. But if I confuse her, she gets...pissy.

And I don't try anywhere near as much with her as you are trying with your horse, and I've owned her for 4 years...
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post #24 of 25 Old 02-26-2012, 03:53 PM
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defo need her back checked she defo sounds in pain poor thing, give her the chance to be pain free and you'll have your lovely horse back x
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post #25 of 25 Old 02-26-2012, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by faye View Post
If the saddle needs a riser pad then it does not fit! no 2 ways about it.
It may not fit without a riser pad, but fit fine with one. That is the point of a riser pad - to adjust the saddle fit. Two of my horses have high withers. I haven't seen any English saddle that fit them without some extra padding in the front.

In my case, after a lot of trial and error, I use a wool pony pad folded in half in the front of the saddle for a bit of extra clearance and protection of the bony part of the wither sticking up. My horses seemed happy with a Wintec riser pad, but I felt it raised things too high. When I cut it in half across the middle, we both were happy. But it looked hideous, and a small, folded wool blanket makes my horses happy without making me feel like I'm flying somewhere above their backs.

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