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    12-10-2008, 03:39 PM
Here they are, some without pad some with. Thanks for any help
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    12-10-2008, 04:28 PM
Maureen, it's still a little difficult to tell but I think your saddle is too small for your horse. The swell looks like it is too high and tilted back with the pad.
    12-10-2008, 04:51 PM
Funny after looking at it without a pad I thought it looked to big
Its sitting low on the front and tipping up in the back. I did run my hand under the front at the dry spots and it feels fine, no gap and not too tight.
Saddle fit has got to be one of the most frustrating things
I really don't want to switch saddles. I love this one. Its very comfy. I've been using it regular for about 2 years. Vida has never acted like she was in any pain. Its more me worrying about the dry spots. I do palpitate her after a long ride and she hasn't had any soreness. I was hoping it was something I could fix with a new pad. Plus hubby has given me the ok to get one for my Christmas gift not sure if he would go for a whole new saddle
    12-10-2008, 05:00 PM
Maybe I better add that it is a gaited horse tree so the bars do flare some in the front. Maybe that makes a difference
    12-10-2008, 05:06 PM
Without a pad it doesn't look too bad. The height off her withers looks good and it really doesn't seem to be tipping up in the back but the bars may be the wrong one for her. What are they, Semi QH, QH,?

With a pad the swell looks like it's tilted up indicating a tightness.

EDIT: I didn't see the last post while I was typing. I would try a saddle with QH bars or a wider gullet to see how it looks if you can.
    12-10-2008, 05:14 PM
Thats the pad I just added the shims too. I think that's why it is sitting up so high in the front. I said it was a 1/4" shim but it may be more like 3/4". That would be 1 1/2" of pad up front.
    12-10-2008, 07:11 PM
Green Broke
Okay, glaring problem here . The saddle is TOO far forward. THAT is what's causing your dry spots. The saddle actually looks like a good fit. Those front conchos (the very front ones) need to be about 2" BEHIND the back edge of the horse's shoulder blades. So, the front edge of the skirt should be just a hair behind the back edge of his shoulder blade. Does that make sense?

That said, when you move the saddle back, it might be too long for him (going over his loins). Try it though and see how he does. I think the shims were designed with proper saddle placement in mind . Once you get the saddle back, it will fit better and shouldn't cause any dry spots.
    12-10-2008, 07:34 PM
I have often wondered if I was placing it too far forward. I try to line up the conchos with the back of the shoulder like you said. When I do the latigos are at a real angle toward the front. Should that matter or should the latigos be hanging straight to the girth area?
    12-11-2008, 12:11 AM
Hmmmmmmm.... Ya know what, I was wondering if it was too far forward too but thought it was just me, since L2R mentioned it, I'm going to agree with her and my initial thought...Slide it back strap Vida up and snap a picture.

I guess I'm not understanding why the latigos are at such an angle unless you are leaving the girth up under the armpits.....Is this what you're saying or am I missing it.

By sliding the saddle back the girth should come back with it.....

I'm getting confuzzled. I wish I could just hop in the truck and buzz up to KS and see with my own 2 eyes.
    12-11-2008, 12:52 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
I have often wondered if I was placing it too far forward. I try to line up the conchos with the back of the shoulder like you said. When I do the latigos are at a real angle toward the front. Should that matter or should the latigos be hanging straight to the girth area?
No, it shouldn't matter. Well, I say it shouldn't, it shouldn't as far as the saddle placement on her back. BUT, if the rigging is farther back than her girth groove, then the saddle can inch forward during your ride. If that happens, then you need to see about having the rigging moved forward. A good saddle repair shop can move it for you.

Or, try using a roper style Mohair cinch. Girth it straight down, where the rigging wants it. See how that does. Mohair will stay put better and the roper style (wide center) will help even more, without galling. If the saddle and/or girth still inch forward during your ride, then ask around at the saddle shops to see who can move your rigging and how much it will cost (in-skirt rigging is harder to move than rigging suspended from the tree).

ETA, the conchos should be 2-3" behind the back edge of her shoulder blades. The edge of your skirts should be lined up with her shoulder blades, not the conchos .

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