My mom's QH/Arab mare has, well, no wither. She's 11 years old and a very easy keeper! She's a little more than fat and we're wanting to get her back in shape, but after trying 8+ saddles we have yet to find one that doesn't roll!
Would some sort of riser pad be helpful? Try to create a false wither to help stabilize the saddle? Even the better sitting saddles moved around a bit...any advise would be appreciated! Posted via Mobile Device
A breast collar will keep the saddle from rolling and sliding to some extent. Saddle pads and girths with fleece/natural fiber are known for "sticking" a bit better. Cord girths are also well liked for stability (mohair is best). Some of the english breast collars are sold with removable martingale attachments, which you likely will not need.
I was having the same problem with my Qh, and would constantly have to get off after going down hills on the trail to push by saddle back 3 or 4 inches. I bought a thinline pad and use it underneath my regular pad. I haven't had a problem with my saddle sliding forward or to the side with it on. They are expensive but worth it.
Have you looked at Duet saddles? I've heard they're the best for mutton-withered horses. Maybe more than you want to spend though.
You read my mind! :) I was about to say that. However it depends on model a lot too. I had a discussion with the Duett dealer (Trumbull Mnt saddlery) last week, and speaking of dressage saddles they said that Duett Largo works great on round, mutton withers horse (and they advised me not to buy one as my horses being wide still have decent withers and are not round like a barrel ).
Although she is round like a barrel, she's my mom's western trail horse...would be interested in the thinpads that were suggested though! Seems alot of money for a pad half the thickness of her regular one but if it does the trick then it's worth it! Thanks!
I HAD the same issue!
My horse was fat when I got her and had no withers.
Now that she has lost weight there is like a half of inch of wither..so still mutton withered. I had to try on a lot of saddles myself while learning how to fit a saddle. I use a breast collar and it works beautifully. Also it may be how you are mounting that makes it roll. Do you have pictures of her?
I use a semi quarter wintec ..well I sold that last night but now I am using a big horn synthetic..both are awesome and I think synthetics have more give so you may want to try that. Some people also use a croop...(spelling ?)