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post #1 of 6 Old 09-26-2009, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Guessing saddle doesnt fit but cant afford a new one any suggestions on pad?

Ok, I have a circle Y saddle that I love to ride in. When I take it off my mare after riding there are spots on her withers that are dry. I understand this to be pressure points. I tried adding an additional pad in hopes that it would stop the pressure points. It actually made bigger dry spots. I can't afford to get a new saddle. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should get as a pad. Professional Choice told me I should get an Ortho pad off them. But Doesnt that pad have additional padding in the withers area? Wouldnt that add to the pressure points? Im really confussed on what to do? You can also contact me at GandRPaints@aol.com. Thanks, Rachel
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-26-2009, 07:10 PM
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Does your horse have those dips behind her shoulders? That is what the additional padding is for. If it doesn't, then a regular smx air ride pad would probably due. It supposedly distributes the pressure evenly on the horses back.
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An ill fitting saddle can not be corrected by any pad. Padding up will only make the problem worse.

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She really doesnt have dips behind her shoulders(withers) She is actually very broad. My saddle, I think is a semi quarter bar saddle. I tried putting my Full quarter show saddle on her to see if it fit better but it was actually worse. The back end was up off her. Im hoping a combination of saddle pads or something will help. Il probably try just a professional choice pad to start with, I guess.
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Please do not try to pad her up! A saddle that does not fit simply does not fit, nothing will make it fit. Putting more pad on her would be like putting more socks on with a shoe that's too small. If you keep riding her in a saddle that doesn't fit you will do physical harm to her, not to mention make her very uncomfortable when you ride. I would find a saddle that fits her and then sell your current saddle and use that money to buy the one that fits.
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Please do not try to pad her up! A saddle that does not fit simply does not fit, nothing will make it fit. Putting more pad on her would be like putting more socks on with a shoe that's too small. If you keep riding her in a saddle that doesn't fit you will do physical harm to her, not to mention make her very uncomfortable when you ride. I would find a saddle that fits her and then sell your current saddle and use that money to buy the one that fits.

You couldnt have said it better. It really bothers me when people do not understand this at all. An ill fitting saddle is an ill fitting saddle, there is NOTHING you can do about it, but buy a NEW saddle.

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