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post #1 of 15 Old 04-01-2008, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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My Dressage Saddle Fit *PICS*

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.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-01-2008, 08:05 PM
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It seems as if you have it off center.

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It seems like the saddle is pinching the withers. Since the marks are on the withers and I can see when the saddle doesn't lay properly down the horses shoulders, it gaps off after the it curves into the withers. I would try using a sheepskin pad with shims on the front or a wither relief pad and see if that helps at all. Or just some kind of padding for the withers in general.
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It also looks like it could be sitting too low.
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-02-2008, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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I think it looks off center because she wasn't standing on one of her back legs.

I was also wondering about the pinching of the withers since that is the spot that seems to wear on her the most, and that spot seems kind of sensitive to her. She twitches that part the most. I just am not sure what to do about that or if some extra padding would help that.

I think you mean that the seat and cantel are too low, and I ride with a lollipop pad to raise up the back so my seat is higher. I am not sure if this has been affecting the way the saddle is fitting on her withers or not.

How do I fix the pinching of the withers? Is there a way I can have my saddle fixed somehow? Is that expensive? Would a pad of some sort help just as much..
sorry I ask so many questions I just really want to take care of this!
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IMO you need a new saddle. i used to have one almost identical to that and it was causing my horse at the time major pain and discomfort until i learnt that the saddle was the main problem. they sit poorly on the back and put pressure on everywhere they shouldnt.

your best bet would be to get yourself a better saddle :)

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I am getting a new saddle in 2 or 3 months, but until then I need to do something to make it better. And...just because you had one like it doesn't mean mine is the same. But yes...I am getting a new one they just require money.

I am thinking about these 2 pads:



I have to get something with a raised back...but these seem like they will give a little bit of relief in the mean time while I still have to use this saddle. What do you think?
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What happens to the gap between the pommel and the withers when your weight is in the saddle? You should still be able to fit 2 fingers stacked on one another in between the pommel and the withers. I have been riding a tb who is quite narrow and high withered and I had to go to a much narrower gullet in my Wintec in order to get enough space between the pommel and withers. It does look by the pics that there is alot of pressure just below the withers judging by the rub marks. I would do like you said and try a wither relief pad to see if that helps, but just for kicks test the gap at the withers with your weight in the saddle to see if it might be a tad too wide. 8)

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alright I will do that. I am giving her a little break from riding until I can get someone out to hopefully help fix her and I just ordered a pad today. I don't want to fix her and the just ruin it with my saddle fit. That sounds like a really good thing to try since I am starting to look for saddles and I don't really know how to determine what size of tree I will need. I believe what I have is just a regular tree.
BTW...I ordered the first one.
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I agree, the gullet is way to low! Therefore a front saddle raiser would be more useful... until you can replace your saddle.. :)

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