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    04-26-2008, 04:08 PM
saddle fit *UPDATE*

I worked Sonny to a sweat on Thursday with the saddle that I bought...and I noticed that his whole back (where the saddle pad/saddle was) was sweaty...besides for two doughnut sized circles on the sides of his withers.
I took pictures of them from both sides

It's not as noticable on the second picture as it is in the first.
I thought that maybe because I was putting my hand where the withers would be (underneath the saddle pad) that was the reason why...also I did some jumping if that would make a difference.

There's no discoloration at that part...nor is it sensitive...I pressed REALLY had on it...took the curry comb and rubbed him and pressed down with it. All he did was turn his head and looked at me as if to say "and what are you supposed to be doing?"

Sonny is a big baby, and I know that if something was bothering him he's definitely let me know.

So, what's y'all think?

If it matters, the saddle (I believe) is a wide tree (or quarter horse sized)...and it's an Abetta western....not sure if it matters though.
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    04-26-2008, 09:30 PM

    04-27-2008, 12:48 AM
The spots on either sides of his withers are from there being so much pressure (pinching) that he could not sweat. If you ride him in that saddle for about three hours or so and push there or put any pressure afterwards he will more than likely flinch or pin his ears or swish his tail from it being sore. The gullet on that saddle is not wide enough and no amount or lacking of pads or risers will fix that.

There is no other reason why it would have no sweated there but it did everywhere else UNLESS, the tree is too wide, then sitting low and missing that spot completely.
    04-27-2008, 09:18 AM
See the weird part about it was that the saddle appeared to fit really well when it was on him bareback...when my trainer was looking at it to see if it fit. The saddle pad is really thick, so I don't know if that has gotten anything to do with it.

I've also heard that it could either be a pressure point or the air is circulating in there making it not sweat.

The part on him was warm to the touch, but not as warm as the other parts (if I recall correctly)

I've already ridden in that saddle a good 6 hours...the longest time for about 3 hours I believe and he wasn't sore afterwards...
I'm going to take pictures of the saddle bareback this time (which I should have done before I bought the saddle), and then have my trainer look at it again...then I'll put a thin felt blanket or an Indian Blanket instead of the thick saddle pad and see how the sweat patterns are then.

If at all possible I'd like to keep the saddle...but I will sell it if it definitely does not fit, and is causing Sonny discomfort
    04-27-2008, 07:29 PM
Well it turns out that everyone was right...the saddle is indeed too small for was putting alot of pressure on his withers so I'm planning on selling the saddle for what I paid for it...hope it won't be too hard to sell it
    04-27-2008, 08:03 PM
Aww. :(
Do you have any other saddles, or are you going to buy a new one?
    04-27-2008, 08:50 PM
Originally Posted by PoptartShop
Aww. :(
Do you have any other saddles, or are you going to buy a new one?
no I don't have any other saddle to use...infact none of the barn owner's western saddles fit Sonny. She had one, but she sold it to another girl who takes lessons with me :(

So, sadly, until I can get a western saddle that fits Sonny, I'll be doing, really just walk, trot in an English saddle...
And I'll lunge him a bit so he can canter
    04-28-2008, 11:35 AM
Measure the gullet on that saddle and let me know what it is. You measure between the two front conchos.
    04-28-2008, 11:38 AM
Oh, okay. :( Don't worry, I'm sure there's a western saddle out there that will fit sonny. You just gotta keep lookin' for it. Ground work is good, that'll keep him busy in the meantime!
    04-28-2008, 09:33 PM
Hi. New here. I had the same marks on my horse. She has a little swayback and saddles bridge, yet she seems wide. ?? Sadly, the best fit I found was a Tucker and a flex tree, both of which were over $700. I ended up with a used Aussie that seems to work ok, since the padding fits the bridge. I am still keeeping an eye out for spots though. If you don't show and don't NEED a western you could look into an Aussie.

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