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  • Dry spots on base of withers

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    04-21-2013, 05:44 PM
  #21
Showing
Does anyone else have to wait two or three minutes for a few pics to download?
     
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    04-21-2013, 05:48 PM
  #22
Weanling
Nope. Must be your Internet service/connection.
     
    04-21-2013, 05:52 PM
  #23
Showing
To protect the saddle, use a towel instead of any padding. When you set the saddle on as usual, grab the pommel and rock the saddle side to side. It will move back and will lock on. You will know this as it will be harder to rock. This is where the saddle fits best. Girth him up and go for a ride. With that style of saddle the height of both pommel and cantle should be the same.
     
    04-21-2013, 05:53 PM
  #24
Showing
I finally got the pics. It's only on this sight that I have the trouble and it's been more recent.
     
    04-21-2013, 06:05 PM
  #25
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
To protect the saddle, use a towel instead of any padding. When you set the saddle on as usual, grab the pommel and rock the saddle side to side. It will move back and will lock on. You will know this as it will be harder to rock. This is where the saddle fits best. Girth him up and go for a ride. With that style of saddle the height of both pommel and cantle should be the same.
Bear in mind a too-narrow saddle is likely to slide back further than the optimal position for one the correct width.

This is because it tries to find a position which allows it to sit as low as it can, in most cases nearer the base of the withers.

This sounds pretty far-fetched, because the horse generally appears to broaden behind the shoulder, but if you try it with a known too-narrow saddle you'll find it works in most cases :)
     
    04-21-2013, 07:18 PM
  #26
Super Moderator
And, Yes, I have trouble with pics loading really SLOW, on this site only. Not my internet, it's this site.
     
    04-21-2013, 07:30 PM
  #27
Showing
Unclearthur, I was trying to help her go thro a process of elimination. Right behind the scapula the horse is more narrow then begins to widen.
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    04-21-2013, 09:45 PM
  #28
Started
So...as I was looking on another forum I found that apparantly my saddle is too flat for my horse's back, it is 'bridging' and as you all said, should not be higher in the front. So do I need a new saddle? Kind of inconvienent right now, but I definitely want to do what's best for him, I don't want him to hurt. I have a lesson Tuesday and this is all I've got right now...I'll ride without the half pad and if it still leaves marks, I guess a new saddle is in order.
Any more advice?
     
    04-21-2013, 10:17 PM
  #29
Started
Another thing...my horse ususally lays his ears back when I put the saddle on; he doesn't get too upset, just looks annoyed and swishes his tail. But sometimes I'll be doing something else with him, or go out to see him and he's grumpy, so I figured that was just the way he was...but could it be that the saddle really hurts him? Obviously, if it's leaving dry spots, there's some uncomfortable-ness (I don't think that's a word) but is that why he's laying his ears back?
     
    04-21-2013, 10:33 PM
  #30
Trained
Yup, your saddle will be making him uncomfortable, and as it is too narrow, your only choice will be to get another one, sorry.
     

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