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    01-26-2012, 02:43 PM
No, they are not the same brand. One of them is a big heavy cutting saddle and the new one is a barrel saddle. Not sure of the brands because neither one if them has an actual brand on it, but the man I bought my cutter from said it was a corriente, and that brand is mostly was he sells.
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    01-26-2012, 02:47 PM
A barrel saddle and a cutting saddle is not going to sit the same.which one left the dry spots?
    01-26-2012, 02:47 PM
The barrel saddle left the dry spots.
    01-26-2012, 02:56 PM
Maybe the gullets aren't wide enough on that saddle for your horse.
    01-26-2012, 05:40 PM
Maybe. The barrel saddle has a 6.5 gullet with a QH bars 7.25. It says that it will fit a high withered horse and she is definitely high withered.
    01-26-2012, 06:20 PM
If this horse has a big shoulder and a deep rib line,the wider gullet saddle is a better fit.
    01-27-2012, 02:15 PM
Okay. I got the pictures of both saddles on her. The instructor at my ranch club is fairly good at determining saddle fit and she didnt think it was bad, but ya'll might see something different.

Barrel Saddle

Cutting Saddle

I hope those pics are good enough. Next I have pictures of her saddle pad and her topline and withers. In the pictures of her withers you will see two spots on her shoulder area. Those are not white spots, its mud. In the pictures of her saddle pad I don't see any clean spots that would indicate the pinching areas , the saddle pad has an even sweat pattern.

Saddle Pad

Back and Withers

And lastly, on the shoulder pics that I took from behind her. You may notice a bulge behind the left shoulder. That is a muscle build up from the way she walked when she had her hoof problem. Over the 8 months she was out she developed that muscle, and it is a little sore. That's why its so hard to tell if that area hurts from the saddle or from that muscle build up. My ranch club instructor did recomend that I build up her topline muscles.
    01-27-2012, 02:44 PM
Just from looking at the first photos you took of her sweat marks your saddle is sliding up and sitting in the hollows behind her shoulder blades. The front of the tree then puts pressure on the shoulder blades where the dry spots are at. This will cause problems in the long run. Our big black horse has this problem and the chiro suggested a pad that is built for these kind of horses. Professional choice makes one that has extra padding in the hollowed shoulder area and I have another that's called a Bio Fit...I think by classic equine.
The black horse has big thoroughbred withers that are hollowed out behind like your horse. You may not notice pain at first from the horse but eventually all that pressure on his shoulders will cause his ribcage to drop..then he will become sore. And very shortstrided in the front when saddled but when you turn them out they have their normal stride. These would be some indications that this happening.
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    01-27-2012, 03:12 PM
Ok makes sense. I will look into a new saddle pad. I just have to talk my mom into letting me buy one. I have a saddle pad that is split at the withers and has two really thick parts but my saddle would slide if I used it because its too thick. I used it on my old sway back paint.
    01-27-2012, 03:14 PM
Originally Posted by BarrelBug99    
Ok makes sense. I will look into a new saddle pad. I just have to talk my mom into letting me buy one. I have a saddle pad that is split at the withers and has two really thick parts but my saddle would slide if I used it because its too thick. I used it on my old sway back paint.
Look into an Smx Air Ride pad... they are a bit expensive, but 100% worth it and will last forever.

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