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    09-28-2010, 09:03 PM
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Fitting a western saddle on a horse with HUGE shoulders...

This is a bit of a preemptive concern, but I'm going to ask anyway.

My horse is pretty easy to fit... she has a medium-width and fairly short back with average withers. Most regular QHB saddles will fit her. However, she has huge shoulders and has a problem with the front of the tree pressing into the top of her shoulder. Obviously this puts her on the forehand, restricts her movement, and makes her sore.

I'm getting a new reining saddle, which should give her some extra shoulder room, but is there anything else I can do if that's not enough? Is there some kind of pad that'll lift the tree up off her shoulders? Or will that cause the saddle to fit badly in other areas?
     
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    09-28-2010, 09:37 PM
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Weanling
As I understand it, extra padding in a place that is too tight INCREASES the pressure. Have you looked at gaited saddles? They are designed to free up the shoulder, and probably would do well for a short back as well.
     
    09-28-2010, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by anndankev    
As I understand it, extra padding in a place that is too tight INCREASES the pressure. Have you looked at gaited saddles? They are designed to free up the shoulder, and probably would do well for a short back as well.
Yeah, I ride her in a gaited tree now... but I need a reining saddle and it's impossible to find one already made with a gaited tree. I can barely find any with regular QH bars as it is.

I'm not really looking to put extra padding between the saddle and her shoulders... I was just thinking the front of the saddle needed to be raised a little so that it's above her shoulder.

What if I got a saddle that's shorter from front to back... so the tree is behind her shoulder? Could that work?
     
    09-28-2010, 10:10 PM
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Weanling
I'm no expert, have you already bought your reining saddle? Wonder if Sharon Saare makes a reining model, she has a nice variety of tree sizes but I only see endurance styles on eBay. A new one would be pricy. Also you might post in the reining section of the forum. Have heard good things about a pad called Subracor (not sure on spelling) but cannot afford to get one to try.
     
    09-28-2010, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by anndankev    
I'm no expert, have you already bought your reining saddle? Wonder if Sharon Saare makes a reining model, she has a nice variety of tree sizes but I only see endurance styles on eBay. A new one would be pricy. Also you might post in the reining section of the forum. Have heard good things about a pad called Subracor (not sure on spelling) but cannot afford to get one to try.
Thanks for the help! I'll check out Sharon Saare and the Supracor (I looked it up) pad : )
     
    09-29-2010, 06:59 AM
  #6
Weanling
Have you thought about a treeless saddle?
     
    09-29-2010, 07:04 AM
  #7
Trained
I had a supracor, and while I loved it, I will say it doesn't do anything if the saddle is tight. Didn't help at all when I tried to use my Circle Y on my old guy and it was a bit tight in the shoulder. He still hated it. I ended up selling it, since I like to ride with a pretty pad over my saddle pad and it was just too thick. Went to a 5-star, and LOVE it!
     
    09-29-2010, 10:33 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I had a supracor ... it doesn't do anything if the saddle is tight. Didn't help at all when I tried to use my Circle Y on my old guy and it was a bit tight in the shoulder. He still hated it. ...!
Thanks, I can forget about them now.
     

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