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So my horse has high withers. He is an appendix quarter horse and is built like a thoroughbred.
So I have had 4 saddles. The first one fit him, but it was a huge trail, poor quality, king series saddle. I hated it. So I got one I was told was semi-qh bars, but it layed right on his withers after tightening the cinch, then measured it and it was full qh bars. So I talked to his old owner (owned him for 8 years) and she said he needs semi-qh bars. So after searching for a while, I found a saddle I really liked with Semi-QH bars. I'm sure this one is semi-qh bars. After I tighten it, it doesn't have any contact with the withers, and there is about 2 finger clearance there.
After I sit in the saddle and ride for 10 minutes, the clearance is down to about 1 finger and it get's so close that I get worried about hurting him. He doesn't show any signs of it hurting him, but I want to make sure there will stay full wither clearance while riding. Right now I have 1/2 inch thick saddle pads, and I thought maybe if I get a 1inch thick, all wool, high quality saddle pad that it will stay full clearance. Or get one of those BIOFIT Classic equine pads that I really like.
I personally think that he lost a lot of his muscles, including his shoulders, which makes him too narrow for a lot of the Semi-QH bar saddles. So I think once I start working him again, and the muscles get built up a little more, the saddle will fit perfectly.
So I have been trying to look for a thick, or built up, round skirt saddle pad since my saddle is round skirt, but I will take a square skirt too because I want him to be comfortable obviously.
My horse is narrow, I can't find a saddle that is narrow enough for him. I found one that fits him really well but it get's close to his withers and I worry about irritating him while I'm riding. I use a 1/2 inch thick pad right now. If I get a 1inch pad, or something like the Classic Equine Biofit, I think it would leave full clearance of the withers. I am looking for a thick or built up pad that will help my saddle fit. I would like round skirt, but square skirt is good, too. I know he lost a lot of his muscle, and after I start working him and he gains more muscle the saddle should fit him fine. Any pad suggestions or suggestions on how to make the saddle fit better(for now)?
Thank you so much for reading all that (If you did) and responding(If you did) :)