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    04-15-2011, 01:17 AM
  #1
Weanling
saddle fit help - developed a sore

So I found a sore on my horses lower part of his HIGH withers the other day don't know if its a rub, bite or saddle sore.

I went through many saddle fittings - had a tack shop come out and try all these saddles out and the brand that fit the best was a stubben. So until I found one I borrowed my trainers.

I've been riding in the one I finally found and paid way to much for..for about 6 months now - no issues what so ever.

The BO said it was a decent fit, he rides great in it etc.

Now this mark shows up.

Here are all the photos and I do use the 3/4 pad with it - he's gain a ton of topline so maybe I need to switch to the gel pad? Is the 3/4 pad causing too much pressure?



I know it looks curvy but flat planels on my horse look worst!




The saddle I was using



Any brand ideas or saddle tips would help! I am at a total loss...I tried courbette, bates, wintec, stubben...


The Stubbens fit him in the front great but the Courbettes fit him better in the back
     
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    04-15-2011, 01:27 AM
  #2
Green Broke
How is the wither clearance without any extra pads? Have you tried moving the saddle back a bit? They both look a tad too far forward.

On this horse, I would be using something with a clear spine, like a Skito pad or Supracor pad. You need something that lifts the saddle a bit, but doesn't crowd the withers/spine.

The Wintec actually looks like a better fit than the Stubben. Can you get a new saddle? If so, I would look in to Thorowgood's High Wither saddles. I have one of their Cob/Broadback saddles and really like the quality and fit. You may be able to find one used if you look around. The T-6 line is very sharp, hard to tell it's a synthetic.
     
    04-15-2011, 01:29 AM
  #3
Super Moderator
To me it looks like the points of the tree of the Stubben are pointing directly down INTO his shoulders. Are they not? That spot looks very much like a saddle sore. The white hair is a dead give away.
     
    04-15-2011, 01:39 AM
  #4
Weanling
I am like so frustrated with this whole saddle thing - I've tried so many and got so many critiques on these forums about no good fit. I figured my BO would know a good fit and I tried saddles from our local tack shop for months she told me what fit (none of them did). The one that fit the best was the one I was borrowing. He rode much better in it and so did I. So what did I find? The exact same saddle and I bought it thinking nothing of it.

The years might be off but they look the same.

Here is the stubben with the gel pad that I could use




His back you kinda can see where the sore is its in a wierd spot
     
    04-15-2011, 12:58 PM
  #5
Weanling
I think im going to buy back my old saddle and sell this one?



     
    04-15-2011, 01:13 PM
  #6
Started
I almost wonder if it's something that he rolled over in pasture or something. Not saying that it couldn't be from your saddle but it's on TOP of his back, no? The saddle doesn't appear to be touching there (may be issues with the shoulders but not his spine) so...

Just a thought.
     
    04-15-2011, 01:35 PM
  #7
Weanling
Yeah I love riding in my stubben but if its hurting the horse id ride in my old wintec.

Which do you guys think is a better fit? Maybe its all padding??

If you look on the pic with him no saddle on you can see the lighter hair on his back where its rubbing (thinning his hair)
     
    04-15-2011, 03:05 PM
  #8
Trained
Instead of getting critiques on forums, hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out and help you, 1 on 1, face to face, hands on to get on the right track of proper saddle fit.

Advice from a BO is not the same as getting advice from someone who actually does this for a living.

Your best bet, is contact a Professional to come to you, and help you out.
     
    04-15-2011, 03:11 PM
  #9
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Instead of getting critiques on forums, hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out and help you, 1 on 1, face to face, hands on to get on the right track of proper saddle fit.

Advice from a BO is not the same as getting advice from someone who actually does this for a living.

Your best bet, is contact a Professional to come to you, and help you out.
agreed.

Seriously some days I think we just stalk each other on here and agree haha! :)
HAPPY FRIDAY!
     
    04-15-2011, 03:15 PM
  #10
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
agreed.

Seriously some days I think we just stalk each other on here and agree haha! :)
HAPPY FRIDAY!
Well, it's just because great minds think alike lol.

Seriously to the OP - stop playing the guessing game and getting faulty advice on the internet....get a Professional. They are well worth the money invested, to ensure proper fit for both your horse, and yourself.

A good one will come out with a truck/van full of saddles, their tools and equipment and will spend many hours with you and your horse to help you on the right path of proper saddle fit. A good one will cost between $75 - $100+.
     

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