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    11-08-2011, 08:53 PM
  #1
Weanling
No sweat under the saddle cause for concern?

This has happened the past two times that I've ridden. Both times were within the last two weeks and the weather was similar both days: upper 50s/low 60s. At the end of the ride my horse has a little sweat on his neck (like where the breastplate would lie if he were wearing one) and plenty under the girth, but none under the saddle. Both rides consisted mainly of walking around on trails (although we did do a little stretch of cantering both rides and we did pop over some smaller fallen logs) so we're not talking about a serious workout either time. The saddle pad is cotton, and the girth is an Ovation Airform (chafeless neoprene girth). I noticed last time I rode that the underside of the saddle pad was slightly damp, so I wondered if maybe he was sweating a little bit and the pad absorbed it? The girth is neoprene so it doesn't breathe at all which would explain why he was sweaty under there.


Below are links to pictures I took last night of the saddle girthed up on his back but without the pad underneath. (Sorry if they are not fantastic. It was dark and I was by myself and he was fidgety because he wanted to go back out in the pasture and eat.) I felt around underneath it as best I could, and the panels seemed to be making good contact with his back. It also has a nice roomy channel over his spine.


http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0001.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/images/saddle/IMG_0003.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/images/saddle/IMG_0005.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/images/saddle/IMG_0006.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/images/saddle/IMG_0007.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/images/saddle/IMG_0008.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/images/saddle/IMG_0009.JPG


The saddle was brand new in January and fit him really well at the time. (The owner of the saddle shop where I bought, Lynnda at Classic Saddlery, it is an experienced fitter and helped me fit it to him according to the wither tracing I took.) During August and September I didn't ride much because when it wasn't super hot I was helping some friends with their fence project, but a friend was still using him for the occasional beginner lesson. I am really hoping this is not a saddle fit issue!
     
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    11-08-2011, 09:00 PM
  #2
Foal
Shouldn't be a cause for concern. The cool temperature limits sweat and the saddle pad will absorb what little there is. Also the better shape your horse is in the less it will tend to sweat. Theres a lot of factors that determine how much a horse will sweat. But it seems like yours just sweats a little with those light exercises on a cool day, and the pad absorbs it. I see no cause for concern.
     
    11-08-2011, 09:31 PM
  #3
Banned
It's uneven sweat marks that you have to watch out for.
     
    11-09-2011, 06:27 AM
  #4
Showing
When I do mostly walking in upper 50/low 60 temperature my qh doesn't sweat at all (even under the girth). (if I work her out it's whole different story though). Unless your horse always been sweaty and suddenly not anymore I wouldn't be concerned.
     
    11-09-2011, 09:20 AM
  #5
Showing
If you were to remove the saddle and pad quickly and placed your hands where the saddle sits you'd find it is warmer than say her rump or neck. If you ride in temps below freezing it's a good idea to allow the saddle to remain on the horse for 5 or 10 min. After your ride, then remove the saddle and leave the pad for a few min. This reduces the shock of cold air hitting a warm or sweaty back. I'll slide my hands under the pad to check the temperature.
     
    11-09-2011, 10:37 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
When I do mostly walking in upper 50/low 60 temperature my qh doesn't sweat at all (even under the girth). (if I work her out it's whole different story though). Unless your horse always been sweaty and suddenly not anymore I wouldn't be concerned.
Well, he gets sweaty in the summer when it's warm. What concerned me was that he was sweaty under the girth, but not under the saddle. I guess I'm just being a big worrywart over nothing, but IMO it's better to do that than ignore a potentially serious problem thinking that it's nothing.
     
    11-09-2011, 10:38 AM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
If you were to remove the saddle and pad quickly and placed your hands where the saddle sits you'd find it is warmer than say her rump or neck. If you ride in temps below freezing it's a good idea to allow the saddle to remain on the horse for 5 or 10 min. After your ride, then remove the saddle and leave the pad for a few min. This reduces the shock of cold air hitting a warm or sweaty back. I'll slide my hands under the pad to check the temperature.
Excellent idea, and one that I think I will be employing this winter.
     
    11-09-2011, 10:44 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Your horse is probably appearing more sweaty under the girth because Neoprene does not absorb sweat and your cotton saddle pad does. I wouldn't worry about it.

Cinny sweats profusely in the summer, just dripping off of him with his normal workout. I can do the same workout in 50-60 weather and not a drop, just barely a dampness.

The thing you really have to watch for if it gets even colder in your area (in mine it gets below freezing) is if they sweat until they are really wet when it's that cold because then you have to get them dry with all that long thick hair after you ride or they can get sick or the sweat can actually freeze on them and turn their fur into an icy crunchy mess.
     
    11-09-2011, 10:53 AM
  #9
Weanling
Grrr, I just realized those pics didn't link correctly. There should be seven different ones, not the same one seven times. Here are the correct links:

http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0001.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0003.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0005.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0006.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0007.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0008.JPG
http://myworld.sterlingdesigns.net/i...e/IMG_0009.JPG
     
    11-09-2011, 11:59 AM
  #10
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by RebeccaMI    
What concerned me was that he was sweaty under the girth, but not under the saddle.
That's normal I'd say. My horses start to sweat under the girth first, sometime it's wet there but dry on back. Partially because as said it just stays there (while pad absorbs the moisture).
     

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