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post #11 of 17 Old 05-28-2012, 02:17 PM
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I find it odd that the wither rub in the first photo would be from him gaining muscle. It looks more like the top of the saddle fork was down on top of the wither bone, and that, to me, would indicate that the area behind the shoulder had actually atrophied and dropped a previously clearing tree down onto the wither bone.

AS for the fit of the Toulouse, I don't know a lot about how that kind of saddle should fit. It looks like it follows the angle of the shoulder nicely, but it looks front high, like it's maybe too narrow? Or , like unclearther said, just lacks the curve needed to follow the horse's back. It looks like it is kind of pressing down into the cantle area, like it's going up a hill. Have you checked for bridging?
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-28-2012, 03:38 PM
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It looks more like the top of the saddle fork was down on top of the wither bone, and that, to me, would indicate that the area behind the shoulder had actually atrophied and dropped a previously clearing tree down onto the wither bone.
What you're saying is quite right and (unfortunately) often happens. What can also happen is the saddle tries to get to the horse's narrowest point so slips back, and as it does the pommel drops more steeply than the wither profile.

It's a common problem with TBs, Warmbloods and ID crosses; even cobs, when the hollow behind the shoulder is filled with fat which disperses under pressure
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Interesting. This saddle fit him when he was just coming off from the winter and he's being worked 3-4 days a week now, so I would think he's gained muscle along the topline since spring.
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By the way, does anyone know what model this Toulouse is? Did some internet research and couldn't find anything. No serial number on the saddle or billet guards.
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I don't think this saddle fits him...Right now you have it up like people do for westen saddles..Slide it back till it stops and you will know where the saddle wants to rest. The saddle tilts down. I'm not sure if it is because it's a close contact or what but I believe is should be completely balanced. Maybe get a back rider to see if that helps but becareful as this can put extra pressure near the front and will cause him to get sore.
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Interesting. This saddle fit him when he was just coming off from the winter and he's being worked 3-4 days a week now, so I would think he's gained muscle along the topline since spring.

So what unclearther said is that with the enlargement of the muscles, the saddle has slid back to where the top of the tree is not clearing the wither bone. That makes sense, dont' you think?
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Yes, it makes sense. Sorry, it sounded funny the first time . I guess this one is a no-go then, time to keep looking!
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