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    03-18-2013, 01:39 PM
Numnah issues -_-

Hello :)
So, my gelding is really sensitive to saddle sores due to his prominent withers. He has a nice high- cut prestige saddle and all, but the problem is the numnah (saddle pad). It slides down and chafes. I do tent it (twice- once when I put the saddle on, and once right before I get on) but it just... Bah.

What do I do? Should I put something under the saddle pad, like a teddypad? Should I ride him with just that?
All help appreciated! :)
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    03-18-2013, 01:44 PM
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Does the pad have a preformed "rise" in it, for the withers?

(just to say that the word "numnah" is just the wierdest. It's sounds like you are trying to say "Number" while your mouth is still numb from dental work. Reminds me of "Numbskull")
    03-18-2013, 01:48 PM
Do you have a contoured cut pad? Check out the Ogilvy pads - they're cut with a high wither .. Though they're expensive ($60 CAD) they're very very worth it. I have 3 haha.
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    03-18-2013, 01:50 PM
It has a bit of a rise, which I figured would be enough, but I guess not :/
The problem with getting the contoured pads is that I live so far off from anything that getting them shipped over normally costs more than the item itself, and they take months to arrive :/ (The second being the bigger problem)
    03-18-2013, 01:53 PM
I can't think of a solution other than changing something.. If your un contoured pad is rubbing that badly, there's only so much you can do short of changing the pad.. It sucks, but what's the alternative?
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    03-18-2013, 02:01 PM
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Hire someone to alter it to put a rise in it. I think labor is cheap where you are, no? I bet you can find someone who can sew who would alter it for you, if you show them a photo of what you want.
    03-18-2013, 02:25 PM
I would order a contoured pad. As JDI said the ogilvy pads are great. In the mean time I would ride without a pad. If your saddle fits properly you don't really need a pad with an english saddle. So ride without one until your contoured pad arrives.

Where are you located if you don't mind me asking?
    03-19-2013, 01:27 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
hire someone to alter it to put a rise in it. I think labor is cheap where you are, no? I bet you can find someone who can sew who would alter it for you, if you show them a photo of what you want.
Never thought of that, could be a thought actually. Merci!

And I live in the UAE so delivery from anywhere is a pain :p
So I guess I'll ride him without one, I'll have to be super careful to clean the sweat from the saddle afterards then :)

Thanks everyone for your help :)
    03-19-2013, 03:28 PM
Just a thought, but I'd check your saddle's not tight behind the horse's shoulders when you're mounted. That's a common reason for pads to slip down, though more often one side of the pad will move back under the panel during a ride because the saddle's tighter on one side, usually because the horse is uneven.

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