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post #1 of 5 Old 11-03-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Need Saddle Fit Suggestions

I am posting to see if anyone has any suggestions for me... This is for a horse that I am leasing (I do not own him or any of his stuff).

I noticed dry spots on his withers and a bump on his spine after I rode him like the third or fourth time. Since then I have been riding bareback as much as I possibly can. I only ride him in his saddle maybe once a month though his owner rides him in the saddle at least twice a week.

Is there anything I can do to help make the saddle fit better without buying a new one? I apologize for the shoddy picture quality - they are all from my phone.

I feel like there is tightness in the withers even without the pad. (side note, I DID NOT tack the horse of in the picture with the saddle pad. That was his owner...)

Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-03-2011, 08:19 PM
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I like the way it looks without the pad :/ It's too wide, which is why there isn't a lot of clearance above his withers; however, it sits level.

Cinched up, you can see how the saddle tilts forward, indicating a saddle that's too wide.

I'd suggest a GOOD therapeutic pad like an Equipedic (Equipedic Saddle Pads - Equipedic, horse, horse saddle pads, saddles, pads, saddle pads, felt pads, felt horse pads, therapeutic, orthopedic, english, equestrian, saddle fit, dressage, western, hunter jumper, horse tack, tack, tack supplies, horse su) or Skito. They have memory foam that supports where it's not tight enough but crushes where it's too tight.

Please don't let the cost scare you-they are AMAZING pads and occasionally can be found on ebay.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-03-2011, 10:07 PM
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It is definitely too wide. A nice thick saddle pad will help take up some of that room, as well as a pad that is designed to absorb shock and provide cushioning. The saddle isn't a severely horrible fit, but it is defiantly too wide and the horse's conformation is not particularly helping matters.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-03-2011, 11:44 PM
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You may consider shimming in the area behind his withers. YOu can see that he has a prominant wither bone and no muscles right behind it. So, the saddle being too wide perhaps made the points of the tree dig into his shoulder (actually right behind it). It's really hard to tell with those pictures if the angle of the tree follows the angle of his barrel.

Some shims that fill in that space might lift it more in front, and (with tapering shims) less in back , where the fit looks good.

Good on you for noticing such details.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-04-2011, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for reviewing my post and for the suggestions. He currently has a 1inch felt pad but I will look into others - it will be way cheaper to buy an expensive pad than it is for me to buy a saddle that may not fit another horse when this lease is up.
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