My farrier is telling me that my custom made saddle is making my horseís back sore. Other friends are telling me that the farrier is causing my horses back to be sore. He just had his yearly check up and the vet didnít notice anything wrong. I donít know what to think.
Here is my situation. The last couple of times my farrier shoed my horse she said that he was very sore in his back and was having trouble standing when she was shoeing him. She said that he would be shaking when she lifted his leg to shoe. I had rode him on Saturday and today is Monday and she shoed him today saying he was sore. He rode great on Saturday; I didnít notice any signs of soreness. Saturday night when I brushed him down after the ride he didnít act like he was sore anywhere. On Sunday, I was not able to let him out of the stall to late that night because of it being Easter Sunday and had a lot going on at Church and with family.
I let him out last night and he was running around and acted like he always does. He does not have any sore places visible on his back but when I ran my hand down his back after she shod him he did seem a little sore. I think a lot of my farrier and think she has always done a great job.
I have had others to check the way this saddle fits my horse and they said they didnít think that was the problem. I am puzzled and concerned about my horse. I want some input from others to see what you think or what else I need to do to see what the problem is. This is the horse that I bought last year and she started shoeing him about the same time that I got the saddle so I am not sure. Due to the rough winter I haven't been riding him much this winter. I did take him out on a three hour ride Saturday but he was not pushed hard and he never acted like he was in any distress the whole time I rode him. I did use a different saddle pad , this one is not as thick as the one that I ususally use. Could this be the problem?