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    04-12-2011, 07:44 AM
Green Broke
The saddle is a bit small on her and a bit small on you. I am also a heavy rider and saddle fit/comfort for you is very important. That saddle will cause you discomfort at the trot and canter, most definitely. You want at least 3 fingers of smace behind your rear and the edge of the cantle. I have a good sized belly myself, so the front room doesn't always work out, , but room behind you is important. That lets you know if you have a properly fitting saddle. I would look in to a 19-20" Duett saddle. The Duetts come in larger seats (though they do run a tad small in fit compared to others) and they have trees that work well for roly poly horses. I ride in a 19" Stubben AP (17" Western) and the 19" Duett was a bit more snug feeling than my Stubben.

I would work on lunging her daily and take her in-hand on "walks" until she loses a fair amount of weight. I would also evaluate her diet to make sure it's as calorie reduced as possible while still allowing for proper gut health/function and nutrition. Once she's nearly what you want weight-wise, call up Duett and get a demo saddle to try out for you both.

I was able to pull weight off my mare over the last 3 months by restricting her hay to only what she needed (2.5% of her target weight in bermuda hay). Her "feed" consisted of a vitamin/min supplement and 1/2 cup of flax meal mixed with 1 lb of chopped alfalfa hay and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Her pasture is overgrazed, so she only had a little grass to nibble on to keep her busy. I'm happy to say she's almost ribby! Lol I prefer my horses "lean" with good muscle. She's now back on free choice hay (round bales) and riding 4 hours a week, but with no increase in her "feed."
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    04-12-2011, 07:50 AM
Green Broke
Another vote for treeless as well. I use a Black Forest english type endurance treeless and really like it. They come in a Size 3 that fits us plus size riders well . You can't really show in their saddle though. Freeform makes some nice "show worthy" saddles and they come in a 19" seat. Sensation will custom make larger sear sizes and they have some really snazzy looking saddles as well. Keep in mind that all treeless saddles require specialized pads for weight distribution, especially with heavy riders. I ride with a Skito pad that Tom, the owner of Skito, custom built for my weight and my saddle. Under that I use a ThinLine pad to distribute weight even better and make things very non-slip.

Here's my husband riding in my treeless saddle. He's a big guy, 5'11" and 260 lbs. He's not using the ThinLine pad. The Skito is the black half pad that just barely shows under the back of the saddle.

    04-12-2011, 07:53 AM
thanks luvs2ride... I can fit three fingers behind... and two and a bit in front. I don't have the $$ to get a hard to find 19" saddle here in NZ... it's hard enough to find an 18" in my financial market.

This mare cannot be lunged, but she does go for hand walks. I have ridden in one of these saddles many times and its the best I have found to work with my current injury. I rode in it today and felt very comfortable.

Her diet contains an overeaten paddock, and hay. She is currently not getting any hard feed/grain.

I'm not even sure we have Duett's in NZ, but I thank you for your help and advice. I will be keeping everything I've learnt from this thread in mind, and will continue in keeping with the plan and watching how we go. Hopefully once she's lost weight, we'll be a little more fortunate :)

EDIT: Thank you for the picture and help, I'm going to look into treeless as soon as the bank account looks healthy again ^_^

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