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    12-03-2012, 10:32 AM
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Weanling
How long before you'll see white hairs if a saddle doesn't fit right?

Finally sold my daughter's show saddle and we're in the market for a barrel saddle now. I was warned when I bought the horse that she'd be tough to fit saddles on. Fortunately, the saddles we had when we got her were Crates, the brand that fits her best. Well, now we're searching for a new saddle.

We are trying (so very grateful for the opportunity to TRY a saddle as long as we want) a Billy Cook (Sulpher OK). To me it fits a smidge snug in the shoulders, but she doesn't seem to mind. My daughter rode her for over an hour yesterday and it didn't seem to bother her. There was even sweat on both sides, and being that she's very hairy right now, the amount of sweat didn't concern me. My trainer said to watch for white hairs to see if it's pinching her. How long will it take for white hairs to show up?

I'm not locked into this saddle at all, but it's exactly what we wanted for my daughter, and she being 10 fell in love. She's not locked into it either, but she likes it, it fits her very well, and it's a very good price.
     
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    12-03-2012, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Fowl Play    
My trainer said to watch for white hairs to see if it's pinching her. How long will it take for white hairs to show up?
I have seen this happen in a month, but can take up to 6 months, it depends on how bad a fit the saddle is.

A bad fit causes the blood supply to the hair follicle to stop thus causing the white hairs.


You can post some pics of the saddle on your Horse without a pad, show a side view and also a view of front of the Saddle as is touches the wither to the shoulder area.


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    12-03-2012, 01:38 PM
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Yearling
You can often feel a slight thickening of the skin (caused by fluid build-up below) if you're going to get hair damage but you need to check immediately after removing the saddle as it usually goes down fairly quickly.

Deliberately waiting until white hairs are visible as a guide to fit is unecessary cruelty, in my book. Whereas keeping an eye out for any extra white hairs in areas prone to problems, when the saddle otherwise appears well fitting, is simply good practice.
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    12-03-2012, 03:46 PM
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Started
Never in 10 years had a horse grow white hairs, and when I first started riding I rode in a couple that didnt fit well.

I suspect some horses are more prone to growing white hairs than others.
     
    12-03-2012, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
never in 10 years had a horse grow white hairs, and when I first started riding I rode in a couple that didnt fit well.

I suspect some horses are more prone to growing white hairs than others.

My haflinger is very prone and I have seen white roots at 2 weeks after a problem. The white hairs have never been permanent so far (touch wood) and have gone with a coat change, but it makes me very aware of saddle fit. I have even had a part of the hair be white and then grow brown and then the roots white (so the indiviual hair has stripes) when weight and saddle fit (and a very hard days hunting) has caused issues.
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    12-04-2012, 12:33 PM
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Weanling
Well, the saddle isn't for sale any longer. Family drama so I decided not to bother. I guess it was a sign because we probably would have bought it and it wasn't the best fit in the entire world. Back to the search. All of the saddles that fit this little mare measure 8" between the conchos! I never would have guessed she was so beefy.
     

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