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post #1 of 6 Old 06-12-2011, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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"Emergency" Saddle Pressure Point Relief

I've been conditioning a backup horse for a CTR next weekend. I've been primarily riding bareback (because bareback is fun), but I worked her in my saddle --a wintec AP-- not long ago. Wintecs are famous for not fitting horses with backs that aren't perfectly straight... And this saddle doesn't fit my backup mare. It causes dry pressure point marks on either sides of the withers when the rest of her back is uniformly sweaty.

It hasn't caused any soreness YET (and I've been riding her in it whenever I use a saddle), but when I ride 40 miles in a saddle that doesn't fit...

What am I suppose to do? I have only one saddle. I can't get a new one... Is there any way I can make the saddle fit better?

If all else fails, I could borrow a Collegiate from a friend... If I beg and plead and cry.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-12-2011, 06:07 PM
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thicker pad maybe? My horse is very skinny and saddles are pinching him in funky places too so I'm interested to know. Good luck!
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-12-2011, 06:14 PM
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Would it 'fit' with the use of a saddle riser?

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-12-2011, 06:48 PM
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Unfortunately, no matter what you do, it's going to be a quick fix. The problem with putting a thicker pad under there is, while it may alleviate some of the direct pressure, it will make the saddle fit even worse. Padding a horse up will help in the short term for short rides but I am not sure that I would want to ride a 40 mile CTR like that.
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You make a good point. It would help in my case better I suppose since I just need to build muscle. I'm curious though as to how it makes the fit worse?
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-12-2011, 09:30 PM
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Because if the saddle fits with the thinner pad, then the thicker pad will make it as if the horse was wider. It will make a well-fitting saddle seem too narrow for the horse and perch it up above where it should be.
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