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  • What saddle pad will lift the front of western saddle
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    07-18-2011, 06:46 PM
Riding/saddle position

Hi, I have an appaloosa gelding and when I ride the saddle seems to be tilted slightly forward (because of the way of his back). I have the saddle as forward as I can to get it somewhat up on his bone so it's not leaned so forward but I really have a problem when I lope I have to lean way back just to stay on because I feel like I am tipped forward. Any suggestions?
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    07-18-2011, 07:31 PM
You could try a pad like this...

Cashel Reverse Wedge Jump [RIE3533]
    07-18-2011, 07:55 PM
That would be perfect! Except I ride western, do you know if they make those pads for western saddles?
    07-18-2011, 07:59 PM
Hm. Well you could try the " Full front lift " saddle pad from this website, it plays the same role. (:

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    07-18-2011, 08:04 PM
Awesome! Thank you so much! I didn't even know they made saddles like that! Perfect! :) thanks for your help! =)
    07-18-2011, 08:05 PM
No problem ! :) Good luck !
    07-18-2011, 09:10 PM
What does your guy's conformation look like? Is he built downhill? If so, I would be willing to bet that a big part of the problem is that he is clunking around completely on his front end. I know that feeling, like you're riding down into a hole, I run into that pretty darn often with green horses before they really figure out how to balance and carry themselves.

I might suggest that you spend some time loping circles on your guy and working on getting him to collect up a bit. That will lift his shoulders, get him working off his hind end, and eliminate a huge part of that front-heavy feeling.
    07-19-2011, 12:43 AM
Ok, thanks! I will definitely do that! Good advice. Thanks!
    07-19-2011, 02:06 AM
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If you post a photo we might be able to see if the saddle is not fitting correctly. If it is too wide in the front, it will sit down too far and make that downhill feeling worse. It could be a saddle issue, could be the conformation and lack of engagement of the hind, or a bit of both. Have you a photo of the saddle on him? Take some with no blanket underneath, from front, side, front angle (off shoulder) and rear. Stand him on flat ground and square him up.
Then a shot of you in the saddle. If you have the time.

My Appy is built downhill and I find an english saddle on him makes me feel as you described and even hurts my lower back after an hour, 'cause it's pushing up into my back. But a western saddle helps to level that out and I can sit vertically without have to fight gravity.
    07-19-2011, 11:26 AM
You could try a cheap pad like this:

Fleece Western Wider Wither Pad - Statelinetack.com

It raises the front about 0.5", but that makes a difference. I use it to keep the saddle off of my horses' high withers, but it also seems to help with their shoulders. Both horses seem MUCH more comfortable when I use it than when I don't. And for $8, it doesn't break the bank.

Also, it tapers smoothly from pad to no pad. I tried a felt wool version, but it had a solid edge that caused problems.

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