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  • Where do i place saddle on prs saddle pad
  • Saddle placement on a prs pad

 
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    12-11-2008, 07:00 AM
  #21
Showing
When you put your saddle on, start forward of the final spot and pull it back slowly. Your saddle should stop on it's own. That is the place the saddle is made to fit your horse. If it is too far forward then the saddle is improper.

A Western saddle is made to overlap the shoulder, not sit behind it as an English saddle does. A Western tree has a flair in the front which will allow the shoulder to move freely. Your rigging will be in proper place to fit into the girth area.

I don't think your saddle is too far forward, I think it may just be too small.
     
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    12-11-2008, 07:17 AM
  #22
Showing
I just found a good article that may help: Saddles That Fit!

Also, your girth should be ~3" behind your horse's elbow - like you have it.
     
    12-11-2008, 09:11 AM
  #23
Trained
Fitting the Horse - Saddle Fit


I think it's still too far forward. Isn't this just crazy...Saddle fit!!! Flubberbiscuits!!!!!

Maureen, are these spots new or has it always been like this??? Has Vida gained some weight or did you change to a thicker saddle pad??


Gaited horse bars have a higher gullet for high withered horses. They usually have a wider gullet front that narrows towards the back to allow shoulder movement. They usually have more rock.

It almost looks like Vida has packed a few pounds on for the winter and the change in weight is forcing the saddle to rock forward on her too much....It's so hard for me to tell from pictures.

I'm out of ideas Maureen. To my eye it looks like the saddle is too far forward in general. I don't know if it's the camera angle, but I also think that Vida has gotten bigger, so I still don't have a definate answer for ya. Sorry for all the edits and added thoughts. As soon as I find my magic wand I'll make that saddle fit for you!!
     
    12-11-2008, 09:38 AM
  #24
Showing
Thanks so much everyone. I am pretty much convinced that the PRS pad is too thick and will cause more problems. Though I like the concept, its just too thick. Tony has a 1" classic equine pad I'm going to try just to prove myself right
I think I will hold off for awhile and double check my saddle and girth placement. I normally always pick up saddle and pad, place it forward and slide it back till it stops every time I saddle up. I'm very careful to check her shoulder and make sure I am behind it. I have been going by the front pommel rather than the concho so that may be my mistake.
Since I have been using the shims I have been paying more attention to the pad placement than the saddle so I may have placed it too far forward in those photos... Oops
I find the Thinline interesting though, since Vida does have a sensitive back. If I find my Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket I may order one of them.
     
    12-11-2008, 09:43 AM
  #25
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl    
Fitting the Horse - Saddle Fit


I think it's still too far forward. Isn't this just crazy...Saddle fit!!! Flubberbiscuits!!!!!

Maureen, are these spots new or has it always been like this??? Has Vida gained some weight or did you change to a thicker saddle pad??


Gaited horse bars have a higher gullet for high withered horses. They usually have a wider gullet front that narrows towards the back to allow shoulder movement. They usually have more rock.

It almost looks like Vida has packed a few pounds on for the winter and the change in weight is forcing the saddle to rock forward on her too much....It's so hard for me to tell from pictures.

I'm out of ideas Maureen. To my eye it looks like the saddle is too far forward in general. I don't know if it's the camera angle, but I also think that Vida has gotten bigger, so I still don't have a definate answer for ya. Sorry for all the edits and added thoughts. As soon as I find my magic wand I'll make that saddle fit for you!!
Thanks kiddo! I'll take that wand wave anytime
She has had them for some time but they have gotten worse over the summer.
I really need to wait till it warms up again since we don't ride as long when its freezing out plus she doesn't sweat as much so its all dry when I take the saddle off.
I'll definitely hoist that saddle back next time I saddle up.
     
    12-11-2008, 04:22 PM
  #26
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
A Western saddle is made to overlap the shoulder, not sit behind it as an English saddle does. A Western tree has a flair in the front which will allow the shoulder to move freely. Your rigging will be in proper place to fit into the girth area.
SOME western trees have flare in the front, not all... Her saddle looks like it doesn't have much flare to it. Those front conchos should still be 2-3" behind the shoulder blade, which would put the front edges of her saddle at the back edge of the shoulder blade. When the shoulder rotates during movement, the shoulder WILL extend back under the tree, just not very far.

With an English saddle, you want it far enough back that the shoulder won't extend back under the tree at all. It can go under the flaps of a forward flap saddle, but it shouldn't rotate back under the tree.
     
    12-28-2008, 11:04 PM
  #27
Showing
To luvs2ride1979

Well luvs2ride1979 I just want to let you know, my birthday money finally burnt a hole in my pocket and I ordered a Thinline pad. The more I thought about it the more sense it made. I'll be sure to post a review after I get a chance to use it. I just got the western rounded skirt since that's what my saddle is.
     
    12-28-2008, 11:25 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Good deal! They really are great pads.

Where did you order it from?
     
    12-28-2008, 11:28 PM
  #29
Showing
I ordered it direct from Thinline, they had a free shipping deal going on and the price was about the same as everyone else.
     
    12-29-2008, 05:17 PM
  #30
Trained
*keeping fingers crossed* Hope that pad does the trick Vida!!!!
     

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