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    07-24-2012, 11:47 AM
English saddle fit

The past couple times I've ridden I noticed areas on my horse's back near the withers where there was no sweat. I know this is a sign of a saddle not fitting properly; however this is the same saddle I've used on him all along and never had a problem with it. I don't want him to be in pain, but I don't want to have to buy another saddle either. Is there something I can do?
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    07-24-2012, 12:23 PM
Green Broke
Get a saddle fitter to re-flock the underside. The saddle no longer fits, doesn't matter if it used to. Pad won't help as it sounds like it's too narrow.
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    07-24-2012, 11:22 PM
I agree with the above post :)
    07-24-2012, 11:26 PM
A horse's body shape changes over time - do you fit in your pants exactly the same way from, say, 5 years ago? I know I don't! (What is with expansion over time? Seriously.)
Get a saddle fitter out to assess what the problem is - the saddle is likely too narrow if there are no sweat marks, so it may be time for a new saddle. A too-narrow tree won't change with re-flocking.
    07-25-2012, 03:18 AM
I agree with everyone else.

Even though dry patches aren't a good guide to fit something's obviously changed - if an owner's worried that's good enough for me. After all, you know your horse best. Have it checked. With a bit of luck it'll just be a flock alteration :)
    07-25-2012, 11:58 AM
How can I find someone who would do this?
    07-25-2012, 02:04 PM
Green Broke
Hmmm. Someone here had posted a link at one time that had a list of fitters. Maybe someone knows where that is?
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    07-25-2012, 11:44 PM
Hmm... on a mare I was working for someone, in my western saddle, there were 2 quarter sized spots (okay maybe half-dollar sized?... they weren't very big) that were dry, right by her withers the first time I rode her. The second time I used a different pad (a little bit thinner) and they weren't there. Everything was sweaty. How does this indicate the saddle doesn't fit? I wanna learn I wanna learn!
    07-31-2012, 10:38 PM
The other day I used a half pad with my regular one and there were no dry spots afterward.
I checked for saddle fit and everything seems to be fine. He's got four fingers worth of space between the pommel and his withers.
    08-01-2012, 03:32 AM
The only rule for the gap between withers and pommel is there must be one at all times. The amount of space is more relevant to the horse's conformation than the fit itself. It's perfectly possible to have a three or four finger gap (and even less sometimes) when the saddle is far too narrow at the shoulder, so the fit there is a lot more important.
Confusing, I know :(

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