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post #1 of 5 Old 06-06-2010, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Getting Saddle Off the Withers

My saddle sits really low on Jerry's withers... What can I do to get it up off his back?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-06-2010, 06:34 PM
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It sounds to me like the tree on your saddle is too wide for your horse. You might be able to fix it with thicker pads, but it's really only a "band aid" and you might want to think about a saddle with a narrower tree.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-06-2010, 06:43 PM
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My old saddle on Molly did that, and it can be really bad and rub the withers bare, and restricts your horses movement (Very uncomfortable!). A wintec front riser pad should do. (for now)
You should ideally be able to see 2 and a half to 3 fingers clearance above the wither and saddle, he obviously needs a narrower gullet.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-06-2010, 06:44 PM
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Pictures would be good, to !

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-06-2010, 07:54 PM
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Have to agree with Cinny. A thicker pad or adding another pad would be a quick fix for the time being but whatever you do, you need to do it quick. It is really easy to get a horse sore on his withers and when you do, it takes forever to heal up. I have a customer horse that I am having to do that with right now. He is tall and lanky and built like a TB and my saddle is too wide for him. However, I have a 3/4 inch felt pad on top of my fleece backed work pad and, while that won't correct an ill-fitting saddle, it does allow me to keep working him without fear of him getting any more sore than necessary.

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