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    04-13-2011, 12:53 AM
Read My (Horse's) Sweatmarks?

What can you guys tell me about the sweatmark pattern on my saddle pad? Any experts here? Thanks.
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    04-13-2011, 01:03 AM
The top of the photo is toward the withers, no? All in all, looks like even sweating is going on. The only thing I see, and not sure of this, it looks like the rear of the saddle may be swinging side to side some as the horse moves. The hair is moved back and forth.
    04-13-2011, 01:31 AM
Yes, top is at the withers.
Anyone else care to weigh in? I had someone else comment about the back of my saddle- maybe someone experienced?
    04-14-2011, 01:33 PM
Bumpitty Bump
    04-14-2011, 07:08 PM
I'm not super experienced, but it looks like their right side is their strong side. See how the left side (right side on the horse) is darker? I THINK that means there are more muscles, therefore the saddle fits tighter on that side, therefore their strong side is the right side.
    04-14-2011, 07:39 PM
My guess is this saddle is either placed too far forward or its slightly too narrow at the shoulders since it's sitting cantle low. The marks show much darker marks near the back of the saddle, so that's where most of the weight is when a rider is up there. When this saddle is on the horse, is the cantle higher than the pommel or even?
    04-15-2011, 03:12 AM
I'll check the levelness tomorrow when I'm out. And take pictures.

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