My horses back has been sore lately. I had my chiro out about a month and a half ago. I have him out pretty regularly. She was still sore. So My next thing to decide is my saddle fit. To me it seems to fit ok, although after reading some things I think I have been putting it too far forward. She seems mostly sore towards the beginning of her back so I was thinking this may have something to do with it. I recently, like in the last few months, have been using a riser pad.
This is what I notice: after putting the saddle on with no pad and sliding it back and forth until it stops to me it seems too far back but that is probably because I have been putting it too far forward. I can fit 2 1/2 fingers vertically from the withers to the bottom of the pommel. It seems to me that there are no gaps anywhere. I can see light from the back of the tree. I do notice though that she has some sweat spots that on the sides of her withers..well right below them.
Her weight is shifted so it looks a little crooked
This is looking at the left side
This is her rub marks..but they are more of just where she sweat the most and the hair just didn't come back the same. Now that she is shedding out she doesn't really sweat much at all.