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post #11 of 36 Old 01-16-2013, 11:36 AM
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I have to agree with unclearthur. Even though the wither clearance is better with the narrower gullet, it looks like it's just too narrow for Sandy. I would go back to the wider gullet and pad it up a bit until she gains weight and the saddle fits properly again.
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post #12 of 36 Old 01-16-2013, 12:21 PM
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I also would suggest a pad, not a different gullet size.
The problem is that the saddle tree is the wrong shape for the horse. I imagine her wither meets quite abruptly with her back, instead of a long slope.
Look into Ogilvy, I think their pads are great. Other than that, its a new saddle.

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post #13 of 36 Old 01-16-2013, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you guys!! I also have Sandie's masseuse looking into it for me as well, she's great with saddle fit and was actually the one who told me this saddle fit very well...back before Sandie lost the weight. She had much more wither clearance then! Now that the weight is off, it's somehow lower ugh grrrr...

Anyway, alright pad ideas. Now, the last time I used a pad, it was a half pad, Fleeceworks, and all it did was rub all the hair off underneath the saddle panels...it looked like this:



So knowing that, can anyone give me an idea of what I should be looking for? Anabel I will check out the brand you mentioned.

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I also would suggest a pad, not a different gullet size.
The problem is that the saddle tree is the wrong shape for the horse. I imagine her wither meets quite abruptly with her back, instead of a long slope.
Look into Ogilvy, I think their pads are great. Other than that, its a new saddle.

Good luck!
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Oh and here is a photo of Sandie without the saddle, taken this summer (when she had already started to drop the weight). She's not SKINNY by any means, and I don't mean for her to get MUCH fatter, she is very athletic. But she has lost some of her topline and that previously big round muscly QH butt too!

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The 'dip' behind the shoulder is pretty noticeable in the second picture.

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post #16 of 36 Old 01-16-2013, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Yep it most certainly is! So very good call there unclearthur ;)

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post #17 of 36 Old 01-16-2013, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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This was her in Spring 2010:

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I have the same problem with sheepskin on my horse, except when his skin gets irritated I get to deal with fun fungal infections. As well I find sheepskin to be really bouncy. So I avoid it!!
Ogilvy is memory foam (and cusomizable) but if you really want a pad with lots of shimming, EcoGold does a great memory foam pad with "filler pads". I use the EcoGold Secure pad, because it has just a little wee bit of memory foam, not enough to change my saddle's fit, but enough that my back (and his!) are cushioned.

You can see her wither has a steep slope into a flat back, that's what I'm thinking the tree is not conforming to, that it's made for a horse with a smoother wither slope and a curvy back.

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Thanks Anebel! And yes I LOVE Ecogold pads!! I own 2 of them actually :) Both are the no-slip pads, the XC and the Hunter/Jumper. Her hair STILL manages to rub off a little though, no clue what THAT is about...

SO saddle-wise, any recommendations on the type of saddle I should be looking for to fit my mare, if this Pessoa isn't one of them?? I think I'll try padding her up first though, I JUST bought this saddle last year and actually Sandie is going better in it with less soreness through her back versus the old Collegiate Convertible "Event" (read: AP!) saddle I used to ride her in.

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You'd have to talk to a saddle fitter, but I've been looking at Ideal and Barnsby (and drooling, while having no money haha).

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