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post #1 of 21 Old 06-13-2011, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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My saddle lifts in the back?

I have recently noticed that my saddle is tipping up in the back some when I put it on my horse. It had always done that but I didn't really notice it until recently.. I believe the problem is because the saddle is too wide for him. He gets a little irritated when I cinch him up. He didn't do this with my old saddle and the saddle also didn't lift up. I would get a new saddle but I can't afford to buy a new saddle for him and my old saddle is broken beyond repair.. I thought maybe I could compensate the poor fit some with a different pad since I need a new pad anyway. The pad I have is very thick but it is also too long for the saddle and his back... I thought maybe this pad would help or one similar. What do y'all think? Barrel Racer Tack Store: BioFit Correction Saddle Pad
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-13-2011, 11:36 PM
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With the saddle pad that is too long, try it first and see if it makes a difference in the fit. I would hate to buy a $150 saddle pad if it isn't going to help in the long run. A picture would really help. Is this a barrel saddle? If so, does it have a back cinch? Fit the front and strap the back down. Good luck!
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Can you post a picture of your saddle on your horse?
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Yes, it is a barrel saddle. I am starting to work him on barrels so I am also wanting to get a pad for barrels too. The slots for the back cinch are really there for looks more than purpose.. The pictures I have don't show how much it really lifts.. I will try to get better ones tomorrow to show what I am talking about. But here is one with the very thick, work pad...
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-14-2011, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Btw, the picture is old. Like over a year old. He has lost some weight and the saddle seems to be tipping more now than in this picture. I think it will only get worse as he ages. He is 15 years old. Oh and the pad is 32"x32" and at least 1" thick. Pistol is just barely 14.3hh if that helps you understand how large that pad is on him.
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Try taking a picture from the front and back with just the saddle on him. Its really hard to tell anything from this picture. :)

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And a side pic of him without the saddle.
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Yeah that is what I am going to try to do tomorrow when if I get the chance. It REALLY shows the poor fit without the pad...
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In that picture, the pommel looks very close to his withers. If he comes up and you come forward, it may just scrape his withers. I don't think a pad is going to help too much. A more recent picture will help lots.
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I agree on a more recent picture when you can. I agree that it looks far too close to his withers. If you cannot put a couple of fingers between the underside of the gullet and his withers when you are sitting on him, then you have a pretty serious fit issue. A thicker cutback pad will help for the short term just to get it up off his withers, but you should really start looking around for a saddle that will fit him better.

BTW: I am always very particular about using a full saddle blanket or thin under-pad underneath a cutback pad instead of just the cutback itself. I have seen quite a few horses end up with sores from rubbing when there isn't another layer between the cutback pad and their back.

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