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    10-23-2012, 09:13 AM

Hello all. I have a small horse that practically has no withers. No matter what saddle/ girth comb I've tried the saddle always slides around even with wither pads. So my question is does anyone have experience with neoprene pads? I was thinking of investing in one to see if it help hold the saddle in place better. Any suggestion are welcome thank you.
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    10-23-2012, 11:39 AM
Green Broke
First I would make sure the saddle fits. Is it english or western? What type of pad are you using now? I hate neoprene pads, they hold sweat and the horse seems to sweat faster with them.

If you are using a fleece pad try wool or something. Fleece is very slippery.
    10-23-2012, 04:37 PM
Get a crupper.
    10-23-2012, 04:42 PM
Green Broke
I thought the purpose of a crupper was to keep the saddle from sliding onto the withers? To me it seems the problem is the saddle slides side to side.
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    10-23-2012, 05:27 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
I thought the purpose of a crupper was to keep the saddle from sliding onto the withers? To me it seems the problem is the saddle slides side to side.
Yes, you are correct. I read "practically no withers" and "slides around", assuming the saddle was going too far forward. OP can figure out if it'll help her or not.
    10-23-2012, 07:38 PM
Yes it's side to side
    11-03-2012, 05:49 PM
We use wool pads on both our horses. I have no trouble at all with my saddle shifting but our mare is wider. We just had a new chiropractor come out and adjust both horses. My husband rides the mare and has a white patch of hairs behind the left shoulder blade and a little bitty white mark behind the right shoulder. Onher back where the back of the bars are she also developed two white circles about the size of a quarter. Her saddle shifts from the middle of the back to the right anywhere from 2-5 inches! She checked the saddle on her without a pad and it appears to fit in the front but not in the back. She said the angle kind of flattens out toward the back..hence the shifting. Need to find a saddle where the angle of the bars hold the same front to back. She said to try a $40.00 fleece.

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