Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Maureen, Those look like the dry spots that I was getting on my gelding. When I put a saddle on him it would be lower in the front then the back and the use of a buildup pad caused bridging and the dry spots.
I used a 1" felt pad and carefully marked the areas where the saddle was not touching then sewed in additional felt. That was all done after trying 6 different saddles and a good fitter! Ultimately I bought a saddle with a 6 3/4" gullet and FQH bars which worked.
He finally gained weight and muscle no longer needing the build up. There is still a little dryness but no saddle will ever fit this guy perfectly.
Put your saddle on him and get your hand underneath. Try to feel where the dry spots are and if there is either too much space or if it's too tight at that spot.
Too tight and you really need to change the saddle, too much space and you can use shims to fill in the void.
The white hairs take a long time to show up so don't go by that.
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