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  • Muscle bumps behind withers after riding

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    05-02-2010, 01:24 PM
Question Interesting Saddle Situation

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.
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    05-02-2010, 03:15 PM
Is it an english saddle or western? If it is western you most certainly can overtighten the cinch (I'm sure it's possible with an english saddle as well)but usually it causes problems where the girth rides not on the withers. Again, assuming it's a western saddle you may want to look at your pads for wear and degredation of quality.

Another point I would like to make is that your horse should never be sore after you ride it unless you put in an all-day (10+ hours in the saddle) hard ride. If the horse is sore after just average work there is more wrong than just being out of shape.
    05-02-2010, 11:30 PM
Yes, it is a western saddle and yes I'm riding a lot more hours and hard considering his age and how fit he is.

Thanks for the reply :-D
    05-03-2010, 12:11 AM
Those bumps are knots in the muscle. They are pretty common in horses coming back to condition. There are usually 3 to 4 bumps...they kinda feel like peas in a pod. If you apply gentle but firm pressure they should seperate and disapear. It may take a few 'sessions' to get them all the way gone but it should help relieve his pain almost instantly. Just like a knot in your shoulder that someone rubs out. I always do this on days I don't ride just incase my horse would be a bit ouchy from all the pushing. Apply some absorbine afterwards and your horse will follow you to keep rubbing!
    05-03-2010, 12:52 AM
Ah thanks again Corinowalk! My saddle isn't to tight on his back and I do believe its just him being out of shape and his age and how hard i'm riding him. Now I know its not just me thinking weird stuff lol.

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