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    01-30-2010, 05:03 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Is this a saddle fit problem? Or am I just doomed

Every single saddle that I have ridden Major in slides back and settles into his little dip. Now is this yet another saddle fitting hurdle that I am going to have to address, or will just using breast collar work?
     
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    01-30-2010, 05:05 PM
  #2
Trained
*sigh* you poor thing!

Any luck with that Skitto Pad yet?
     
    01-30-2010, 05:10 PM
  #3
Green Broke
It arrived...and I didn't really notice any difference in saddle fit from my big fluffy wither pad. The inside is made of this really hard foam, and the actual part that is suppose to fill in his dip is a separate piece that is just kind of floating around inside the pocket so there is no way to know where it actually is when you put in on the horse. The only thing I like about it is that you can add or subtract how much stuffing you want in it, but I could have gotten something much nicer looking for much less I think.
     
    01-30-2010, 05:11 PM
  #4
Green Broke
You could try one of those riser or ortho support pads.

They have shims that you can place under the saddle to give a more comfortable fit.

I was actually watching a Parelli episode on RFD about the same problem. That might just be where your saddle needs to fit(behind his shoulder blades) and you just need to use an ortho pad with shims to raise it up off of his spine and withers. Of course a picture of where the saddle is slipping to would help.Western :: Western Theraflex (TM) Self-Inflating Pad this is the pad they use, but I am sure you could find the same thing much cheaper somewhere else. It uses air pockets that self inflate to add support where it is needed without you having to guess where that is.
     
    01-30-2010, 05:18 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I will take a picture tomorrow after I am done riding. I put it up about two fingers behind his shoulder blade and it always seems to "settle" down into his dip during the course of our ride.

I don't have any more money to spend on pads right now so I am just going to have to figure out how to make what I have work.
     
    01-30-2010, 05:24 PM
  #6
Trained
Well, that is poopy about the Skitto Pad. Glad I didn't waste my money on buying one for Nelson, glad my Hubby found that one at Jeffers Equine in Wayland.

Can you do what I did with mine, with yours? Adding shims to the center?
     
    01-30-2010, 05:27 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I am going to have to. I don't think the current shims fill in enough. Any good and easy to find materials that I can use?
     
    01-30-2010, 05:39 PM
  #8
Trained
Towels work, Dense Foam like those black inserts I have, or you can go to walmart and get the white stuff I have from the carpet section.

I like the black dense foam though.

It is the same material that Porter Protector Boots are made out of *The popular black dense foam used for Mid to Upper Level Eventing Horses*



You can find the material at tack stores, or you can find it at places like Home Hardware, etc, etc -
     
    01-30-2010, 05:42 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Is it like the foam that you use to make carpets more cushy?

I was just looking around my room and mildly contemplated using bubble wrap.
     
    01-30-2010, 05:47 PM
  #10
Trained
Lol, bubble wrap.

You want a material that will give, but not so much that the pressure just smooths it out - know what I mean?

Like Gel Pads, they are useless. When you lay the Gel Pad down on the floor and you press your fist into it, the gel moves away from the pressure, making it uneffective - so take the same idea with the material you want to use.

Make sure, that even with pressure, the material is still effective enough to protect your fellows back.

Or try to find that white stuff that is in my pad. Go to a fabric store *not walmart, they have insufficiant stock* and see what you can find, or a hardware store.

When you come to Lou Don tomorrow, I'll show you what I have so you can get more of an idea. That white thick padding that is in my white pad that my Hubby bought...I showed you it when you came for the Wintec....
     

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