Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Nancy, you should be able to get 4 fingers between the top of the gullet and your horse's withers. A saddle that hits his withers will cause him pain even if he doesn't show it. Putting a pad on to buffer it is not the solution.
If the saddle fits along his back, then a build-up pad will fill the space around his withers and lift the saddle up in the front. It does this from the sides not as a bumper between the top of the gullet and his withers.
My 1,100lb QH has that problem, he has narrow withers and a wide back. I have to use a built-up pad to help my saddle fit. I've tried over 1/2 a dozen saddles on him and that is the only solution that works. There is white hair on his withers indicative of ill fitting saddles hitting him, all done before I got him.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 11-02-2008 at 11:54 AM.