Fit of a front riser pad under my dressage saddle. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 2 Old 04-03-2013, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Fit of a front riser pad under my dressage saddle.

My horse is "mutton" withered, though despite this, I've rarely had an issue fitting saddles to her that aren't balanced out well... or so I thought.
I bought a second hand Isabell Werth 18" saddle a couple of years ago after saving for years for one and was assured the fit was a good one... fast forward to late last year where I found some major issues within the saddle, to only find out that it had been basically butchered (if you're wanting to know, check this post here Frustrated - broken tree! ) and the "saddler" had used very cheap cloth particles to flock my saddle. It was also packed up in the front unevenly, and I'm still kicking my butt for not noticing sooner.

Anyways, now that it's basically a brand new saddle minus the outer fabric, I'm faced with a new issue - it needs to be raised in front. I have tried using a sheepskin half pad to absorb any movement but obviously it's still not sitting as well. I do plan to take photos some time soon as I know it's rather narrow to ask questions without pictorial evidence too

However, I do have a wintec front riser pad that worked wonderfully under my last 18" saddle. But the pad is shorter than my 18" Isabell. My question is, can I still use it, despite it being perhaps an inch/1.5 inches shorter in length than my saddle? I've not ridden with it because I've thought it's probably not going to effectively balance the saddle well.

Gullet size is extra wide, and it sits okay (4 finger clearance of wither and still correct space between panel and her sides), obviously much closer than it did with all that packing. Perhaps it needs to go up a gullet size instead of fiddling with different pads? I am currently saving up for a saddler appointment, but you can imagine, all the repairs to the saddle basically depleted my funds aside for things like that. And my mare has had injury to herself so no exercise for the past two months has basically turned her into the biggest blimp despite not being penned up and on very little grass all this time, so I need to remove the weight to help her injury further and daily hand walks just ain't cutting it.

Any advice on my predicament? Cheers.

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post #2 of 2 Old 04-03-2013, 10:57 AM
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Hmm...those riser's aren't that long, are they?

The thing to make sure of is the riser sits behind the horse's shoulder (and inline with, or a touch behind, the edge of the saddle panel) not overlapping as a numnah/saddlecloth would. That should be easier with the dressage saddle as it doesn't look so odd as it does with a GP.

If it's still too short you could make a temporary wither pad with a hand towel folded so it's about 2'long by 8" wide by 1-2" thick. Put between your saddle and cloth, aging so it sits behind the shoulder to fill in the hollow area there. Just watch it doesn't pull down on the withers, but with the saddle you've got that's unlikely.

Might keep you going until the fitter arrives :)
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