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post #1 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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english saddle pad question

Hey everyone. I have a quick question that someone may be able to answer.Anyways,you know how when you ride the saddle pad tends to go down and seems snug against the withers(btw,my horse doesn't have much for withers..they're pretty tiny)?Well it looks uncomfortable to me as it seems pressed against her withers and I try and pull it up into the gullet area but it only stays for a little while. I was wondering if there is anyway to make it stay so it doesn't feel so constricting for her.I don't think I need a lift pad and if so my saddle wouldn't fit right..maybe it it was a super thin one.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-20-2011, 12:36 PM
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Hmmm.... I have to say my pad doesn't go down. When I saddle just before I tie the girth I pull it up on front a little giving the "wither relief". And because all my pads are shaped the way they are higher on front (and I have to say the majority of pads are like that so I wonder what you have) it just stays there for the whole ride.
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When I was riding Lacey english that would happen to me too! It eventually turned out that the saddle was too narrow for her shoulders (she's very wide through the shoulder area) and so that tightness was causing the saddle pad to shift.
Anyway, I'd suggest that you try out a wider saddle and see if that helps.

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so I should try an extra wide gullet?! She already has a wide.I could give it a go. I have a wintec w/interchangeable gullets..you think that will help?
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I just pull the saddle blanket up in the gullet before I ride, it doesn't seem to slip back down.
I do this before I do the girth up.
It could be the saddle fit though
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Check the saddle w/o the pad to make sure it clears the spinal column. If you get too wide, the saddle will lay against the withers.

Make sure the pad is pulled up pretty well in front of the saddle, too.

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so like the tree of the saddle?

I have this purple one that is brand new and I used it and tucked it into the gullet and it didn't seem to fall down as much---sigh---
I can't afford a new saddle if that is the case.It seemed to fit well though and I had people who have had horses forever and are experienced with saddles and said it fit well and the vet said it did...I only know of one saddle fitter here and I don't know his number or anything.
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Check the saddle w/o the pad to make sure it clears the spinal column. If you get too wide, the saddle will lay against the withers.

Make sure the pad is pulled up pretty well in front of the saddle, too.

Without the saddle pad it fits well..not too tight and not too big.The gullet seems to be the perfect fit. I can fit 2-3 fingers inbetween. I had a medium.wide in and it was snug on her. Also When I ride I can tuck my hands under the shoulder area and it doesn't seem to be pinching and I can add lots of pressure and she is fine.

So,do I tuck the saddle pad all the way in the gullet? I will have to try that tomorrow if so.
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Kind of. It should sort of already be shaped like that... Just make it kinda sticks out in front of the saddle.
Sort of like this:


Ie, in the below picture I would've pulled it toward the neck a little more:

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post #10 of 11 Old 02-20-2011, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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okay so it looks like I need to bring my saddle pad up further and then tuck it..I will give that a try.

Btw, if that is you then you are GORGEOUS!..i don't mean that in a creeper way.
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