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        07-15-2009, 10:37 PM
    Thanks^^ (thats the best post on here:)
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        07-15-2009, 11:28 PM
    Why was it the best post. Because it was the only one that said you were right? Very childish.

    Those are only pictures. You really should have someone who knows their stuff look at it on the horse in person. The internet is not the place to be going for help like this. You could possibly injure your horse. (Not saying you will, but you *could*)
        07-16-2009, 12:28 AM
    Saddle pads do not fix saddle fit problems. The right saddle (and by this I mean one that is the right shape for your horse's back) and correct fitting by a qualified saddle fitter do.
    What worked for SlickDirtyDancing and her horse will not necessarily work for you and Rowdy - different horses and different saddles.
    I think someone has used this analogy before, but if you have a shoe that's too tight/doesn't fit, putting socks on, no matter how fancy the sock, isn't going to help.
    Sorry, don't want to be negative, just informative. It is a very nice pad though!
        07-16-2009, 11:12 AM
    I've studied your pictures and would like to see one taken from the side and one from the back to be sure but based on what I can see from the 2nd picture, the saddle does not fit your horse and the pad is not helping.

    The back of the saddle looks wrong. It may be the angle of the picture which is why I want to see other shots.
        07-16-2009, 11:15 AM
    Ok, I will get some when I go out next
        07-16-2009, 11:47 AM
    Take a picture of after you ride in the saddle with the pad for over 2 hours...
        07-16-2009, 01:08 PM
    Originally Posted by RedRoan    
    Take a picture of after you ride in the saddle with the pad for over 2 hours...
    Two hours may not be necessary. A good sweat is what you are trying to accomplish to see his back once the saddle and pad have been removed.

    I just came back from a training ride on Boomer and after ~1/2 an hour we were both pretty well sweated up. I'm not convinced that the sweat marks are enough. Too wide an angle or too narrow may give decent marks with a lot of sweat but are still wrong. You want to just bring your horse to a light sweat for a better indicator. On the other hand if there are any dry spots that is a no-no.

    The other thing you want to check after a ride is any tenderness along his back or even welts. All those things are still only indicators. A good fitter or very knowledgeable person is the best - not a friend who "has been around horses forever". (read the first saying in my signature)

    BTW, a buildup pad typically causes bridging.
        07-16-2009, 01:40 PM
    What is bridging
        07-16-2009, 03:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    A good sweat is what you are trying to accomplish.
    ^^ Then she can't sell it. O.O

    Get. A. New. Saddle.
        07-16-2009, 03:51 PM
    Why couldnt she sell it? Its not like it would be dripping when sold.

    But I agree, get a new saddle.

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