Okay so back when I was still in high school I was competing in shows every month and I was apart of a drill team. During that time my saddle seemed to not have any problems and during drill I would just tighten it more then normal because of some of the maneuvers going on during our routine.
Over the summer when I was out of school I got lazy. Only trail riding three times a week and such. I would tighten my saddle like I did back in drill due to the kind of country we were covering.
This last winter my horse's body changed from being pretty buff to being kind of flabby and fat.
During winter I noticed my saddle started giving my horse some weird hard bumps right behind his withers along his spine. Sometimes there was only one, other times it would be two or three of them in a general spot. My horse wasn't really super sore.... just the normal sore from not being ridden for a week so I didn't blame him lol. He rode great and had no other problems....
So within the past couple of months I've figured out that I can prevent those bumps by how tight the saddle is.
Is it possible to over tighten a saddle?
I am pretty dang strong and wouldn’t be surprised if I was doing such a thing… lol. I feel bad for my horse L. He was such a good boy about it though.