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    04-21-2013, 10:37 PM
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So would I need to get a saddle with a wider tree? Or just find a different saddle, still regular/medium tree, and it should be different than this one?
     
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    04-21-2013, 11:21 PM
  #32
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You need to have a saddle fitter out, or at least a very knowledgeable someone there to have a look. If you don't have the knowledge to check the fit, then it will save you a ton of money, and possibly save you having a nasty wreck, or paying out a fortune to get your horse put right through damage by a narrow saddle.
     
    04-21-2013, 11:59 PM
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Your horse looks irritable when you put the saddle on him because it doesn't fit. It's not bridging- the top of the tree is too narrow, so it's putting far too much pressure at the front and top of the bars, resulting in the dry spots you're seeing. Adding more material between the horse and the saddle (half pad) is like putting thick woolen socks on and then trying to squeeze your feet into too small shoes, thinking the extra padding will help! It only makes it worse, not better. If he's been putting on condition as well, it's likely the fit is only getting tighter and tighter. Ditching the half pad may help.

It may not though- it looks like the bar angle is too flat, basically, the angle of the saddle if you're looking at it from the front is wider at the bottom than your horse, and then as it narrows towards the top, it finally makes contact in one small spot (the dry spot) rather than the whole bars spreading the weight. It looks like you can fit your fingers between the bottom of the bars and the horse, and then it presses tight into his withers at the top.

TL;DR: The saddle does not fit. You're going to need a different saddle. There's really no corrective padding that's going to fix that basic fact.
     
    04-23-2013, 07:39 PM
  #34
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So, as many of you have said, I’ve finally realized that my saddle does NOT fit my horse. I rode him today for a bit with the saddle and a thin pad only, just enough to get him sweaty, and when I took off the saddle there were two big dry spots. So it’s not just the half pad, it’s the saddle. I will officially be selling this one and getting another. I actually feel bad for having let it get this far and him probably being in pain, but this time I’m going to take my time in finding a good saddle that fits, and I’ll keep you updated and post pictures of any new saddles I try. Thanks everyone for your help!
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    04-23-2013, 09:50 PM
  #35
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Good call, I hope you find one that fits him soon, it can be a nightmare, but you will both feel better when you get something that works for both of you.
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