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post #1 of 17 Old 06-07-2010, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Does This Look Effective?

As you all probably know from my mulitple posts, my saddle sits really low on my horse's withers. Do any of these pads look like they would help to get the saddle off of his withers???

1. ExSelle Wither Relief Half Pad: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com

2. Half Pad with Wither Relief by Exselle : Horse Tack | Horse Blankets | Bits, Breeches & Grooming SuppliesHorse Tack Co.

3. Charlotte's eCatalog: Wilker's Wither Relief Half Pad


This is a different type of pad... I don't know if one is better than the other or not...

1. Roma Pro-Tek Wither Relief Lift Back Half Pad - Dover Saddlery.

I would also appreciate any other suggestions as long as they are under $50. I don't have the money to buy a new saddle yet, but hopefully I will get there someday and buy a better fitting saddle (I got mine for $300 used... When it was $1000 new...)

So anyways, please let me know your thoughts!
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-07-2010, 07:33 PM
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The first and the second pad are the same thing, just better quality pictures. The fourth is for a saddle that is unbalanced in the back, which yours is not.

I don't like the third pad, I much prefer the first.
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1st one:

NO. This does NOTHING to lift the front of your saddle up off of your horses shoulders nor your horses withers. With the use of this pad, it will not change how your saddle lays on your horses back nor will it change the pressure from your bodies weight while in the saddle, compressing on your horses withers and shoulders.

2:

Same as #1

3:

Same as #1

4:

This pad will do nothing but raise your cantle up, creating an even more unbalanced saddle on your horses back, which will create even more pressure on your horses shoulders and withers.

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You need to get a 1/2 pad that has correctional abilities to is *as to how far these abilities are...that's a whole other discussion* where you can add shims and take away shims to accomodate your horses back shape, to accomodate how your saddle lays/rests while in use, on your horses back.

You need a pad where you can add shims in the pockets of your horses shoulders so that the pad will lift the front of your saddle up and off of the parts that the saddle is putting pressure on. BUT when you do that, remember that this also changes how the rest of your saddle lays on your horses back.

The next time you buy a saddle, hire a professional saddle maker/fitter to help you.

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Is this more along the lines of what I want?

Half Pad with adjustable Sheep Skin Padding
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Also, my friend recommended this:

Poly Pad Dressage Saddle Pad - Dover Saddlery.

Would this do me any good?
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The Poly Pad is going to do nothing, just like the other 1/2 pads you've shown. All the Poly Pad is going to do is just add extra padding, without altering how the saddle lays on your horses back.

You need to look into the Mattes Corection Half Pad with shims, or Thinline's correction 1/2 pad. Or a 1/2 pad that has accessable parts to it where you can add shims yourself.

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No, and no.

Sheep skin is not a suitable product to lift a saddle as it just compresses and bottoms out. You need a thick foam, preferably a memory foam product or hi-tech neoprene like Skito or Thinline - But they are expensive.

You can buy these in Australia - Cheap foam riser pads - They do the job ok, but aren't great quality.


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Yeah, we have those at the barn that I board at, and I HATE HATE HATE them. They're sooo ugly and they just collapse under my saddle, so they do nothing... lol. Sorry for the little rant there, but I honestly hate those. Lol.
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Here is a similar thing at Dover:


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