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        04-26-2010, 09:51 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I'm not really a conformation expert, but to me she looks like she's a lot heavier in the front end, which will probably make it harder for you to balance her back and get her working from her hindquarters. She's got a very pretty, expressive face though, which I like a lot.
         
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        04-27-2010, 12:55 AM
      #12
    Trained
    You could get a riser pad, or something similar, in order to get the saddle placed where you need it, without it pinching, or pressing badly on her.

    As far as her confo, she has no real glaring faults; she seems a bit heavier on her front end, and she could definitely needs muscling, but other than that she's a really cute mare.
         
        04-27-2010, 09:51 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ShutUpJoe    
    To me, and I don't know a heck of a lot about this, it looks like the saddle doesn't fit her. It looks like if you were to sit on it her withers would rub against the pommel (right?).
    I can get 3 fingers between her withers and the saddle when I'm on, but it is something I've had to be very aware of.
         
        04-27-2010, 10:48 AM
      #14
    Foal
    If you can get 3 fingers in there when you're on I think that's pretty good. Some signs it's not comfortable for her though would be a hollow back or you'd see her head come up or her ears pinned when you shift in the saddle. With my guy we had a LOT of saddle problems because he had a high long wither and a very square long shoulder. I don't feel like your saddle is pinching her shoulder at all but the way to tell is to get her so that she's just starting to sweat while you ride and then take off the saddle to see where the sweat marks are. If there are none or they're even patches that's good. If there's really defined small spots that's where the saddle is pinching....... but to be honest, I don't know how well that'd work in a western saddle because I don't ride western.... but that helped us with our english saddles.

    I think if you could get some more muscle on her bum she would be a bit more balanced. Like a previous poster she's a bit heavier in the front, so some muscling in the back would help even her out and allow her to engage nicely. Hill work is GREAT for that - walk and trot only, faster up, slow coming down (cantering hills isn't the best for putting on muscle).

    She's got a really sweet face. :)
         
        04-27-2010, 11:03 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    [QUOTE=RoyalsRebel;616828] If there are none or they're even patches that's good. If there's really defined small spots that's where the saddle is pinching....... but to be honest, I don't know how well that'd work in a western saddle because I don't ride western.... but that helped us with our english saddles.

    I think if you could get some more muscle on her bum she would be a bit more balanced. Like a previous poster she's a bit heavier in the front, so some muscling in the back would help even her out and allow her to engage nicely. Hill work is GREAT for that - walk and trot only, faster up, slow coming down (cantering hills isn't the best for putting on muscle).QUOTE]

    Thanks. The sweat marks seem to be pretty even, but only go about 3/4 of the was back, not the full length of the saddle. I currently don't use a back cinch, not sure if it would help. Baised on that I don't think the saddle is pinching, but still not sure if it's inhibiting her shoulder movement :-/

    She started hill work a week ago, hopefully it helps. Luckily we just trail ride and aside from the terrain she isn't asked to do anything too demanding. She certinly isn't built to be a jumper lol.
         
        04-27-2010, 11:18 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Hill work will really help her out and trail rides are great for conditioning! :) If you're worried about her shoulder being inhibited reach down and sneak your hand in under the front side panel and leave it there as you walk and trot. If it hurts your hand then it is probably inhibiting her movement. I think you could sneak the saddle back an inch or two if you had to to help that if it does. If it doesn't hurt your hand then it's fine! :)
         
        04-27-2010, 11:32 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RoyalsRebel    
    Hill work will really help her out and trail rides are great for conditioning! :) If you're worried about her shoulder being inhibited reach down and sneak your hand in under the front side panel and leave it there as you walk and trot. If it hurts your hand then it is probably inhibiting her movement. I think you could sneak the saddle back an inch or two if you had to to help that if it does. If it doesn't hurt your hand then it's fine! :)
    I haven't stuck my hand in under te fron panel while ridding, but I have before mounting and it feels tight to me; I have to really push to get my hand under. It looks like I'll be saving my pennies for a custom saddle or at least a consultation from a saddle fitter.

    Ps I just looked at your other thread with the pictures you posted and must say that the two of you make a lovely pair, you both look like you enjoy ridding together! Very nice.
         
        04-27-2010, 12:53 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    I would have someone knowledgeable come out and see how they feel about your saddle on her. It's nearly impossible to help with saddle fit online. But if you google fitting a western saddle I think there are a few clinicians out there that go into how to teach yourself to fit a saddle. It's easier to learn by watching than reading. That being said if it is interfering but the sweat marks are even and that rub mark is not in any way related to the saddle then I don't think it's as severe a problem as it could be. Most saddles that people ride their horses in don't fit 100% perfectly but they are within an acceptable range for horse and rider. Not saying it's good but it is common and works relatively well for most horses/riders. So yea...call a professional horse trainer and ask them their opinion and go from there. Sorry I couldn't be more help. =/
         
        04-28-2010, 01:54 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    Put the saddle on the horse without the pad on and see how it fits. Put it up much farther on the neck than you are used to, and slide it back (it lays down the hair). The saddle will slide right where it should go-- you'll be able to feel it when it stops where it should be.

    When the saddle is in place, take note of where it sits, even loosely secure the girth if you need to, and that is where it should be when you use the pad. You can also do the same thing with the pad to get it situated.

    Anyways, without the pad, slide your hand under the skirt, it should fit and not be bridging--- not touching the horses back in the center under where you sit. The saddle should not touch the withers or sit over the shoulders. You should be able to look down the gullet/channel and see daylight in the channel only, not open air past the spine. The saddle also shouldn't be sitting directly on the spine.

    If anything is off from what I've told you... well I've told you the basics and without those, the other smaller things won't make a difference.
         
        04-28-2010, 01:00 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
    Her back isn't abnormally short and her shoulder isn't set way back. I'd say you're still having issues with saddle fit due to her high, narrow, longish withers.
    I agree. I think the saddle fit is a little deceptive because she has high, narrow withers that go part way down her back. You may need to find a saddle with the latigo D ring pretty far forward. I know several of the Circle Y Saddles have double D rigging that allows you some flexibility.
         

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