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    12-23-2009, 05:15 PM
Green Broke
fitting a sway backed horse.

Any suggestions on how to fit a horse that has a sway back? I am thinking a thick pad and a lollipop pad for english, but no idea on western.
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    12-23-2009, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
Unless you can ride in a 13-14" western saddle, and find one with a SHORT round skirt, you're not likely going to find a saddle that fits.

English saddles might be okay. A friend with a sway backed horse had really good luck using a Skito Correction pad with a Wintec 500 AP saddle. They will custom build your pad with removeable shims based on photos of your horse.

If you want a more secure saddle to trail ride in, use the Skito pad with an Australian saddle.
    12-23-2009, 10:00 PM
Green Broke
Hmmm...that doesn't bode well... I ride in a 15 inch at the smallest for a western saddle, but prefer a 16. However, I do have an aussie saddle that I could try on him with the mattes pad I have.

I have a collegiate dressage and a collegiate cc, those are built is a similar fashion to the wintecs correct?
    12-23-2009, 11:57 PM
Green Broke
With the English saddle, it will just depends on how it fits him. The front should be the same angle as just behind his shoulder, or a tad wider. The back panels should be about the same shape as his back. You'll just need a good pad to fill in for the middle .

For western, I just don't see you finding a saddle that will work with him, even with corrective padding. His back is just so SHORT, and coupled with the sway, it will make fitting a nightmare... The Aussie will be your best bet, if it's got the padded underside, similar to an English saddle.
    12-23-2009, 11:59 PM
Green Broke
Oh, and using a lolly pop pad or other pad that is just a "rear riser" will end up putting too much pressure on his shoulders, which can cause pinching and pain. You need a pad designed just for him, or for sway backed horses. It needs extra padding starting from behind the withers, getting thicker toward the middle, and tapering just a bit in the back.
    12-24-2009, 07:51 AM
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He does not look that swayback to me, just very high withers.

What is the dimension as indicated on this pic?

A Western Saddle in a 16" Seat can be made as short as 24" for the Skirt Length, I cannot imagine them not fitting him, I have fit smaller and shorter Horse than yours

    12-24-2009, 08:58 AM
Green Broke
Okay, so I am liking the idea of the wintec and a skito pad.

"SHIM - SHIM SYSTEM - SKITO SHIM SYSTEM" These are the same pads right? If so, which one would I need?

For a wintec, from what I have read the ones with the cair panels seem to work the best. Is that what your friend uses?
    12-24-2009, 09:03 AM
Call a Saddler.
    12-24-2009, 09:14 AM
Low back filler pad for English saddles. From National Bridle Shop.
    12-24-2009, 09:30 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Tack Collector    
Low back filler pad for English saddles. From National Bridle Shop.
I don't find that on their site. Do you have the link?

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