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post #1 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Fit Problems

Okay, so just to get this out there... I DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY A NEW SADDLE! Please don't even suggest it. I am in fact saving up to possibly buy a better saddle, but I need a long (ish) term solution so that my horse is comfortable when I ride.

My saddle is very low in the front (english saddle). The pommel almost sits on his withers, and it kind of looks a bit painful. Does anyone have a nice pad that would solve my problem? I am willing to pay up to $150 for a nice pad that would actually help.

Sorry, no pictures, but I'll try to get some.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 11:11 PM
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A pad isn't going to help a saddle that's sitting on his withers, unfortunately :/. If it's already tight there, adding bulk to the area is going to make the saddle fit worse, not to mention tip the saddle and create pressure points elsewhere. Can you borrow a better fitting saddle? I would hate to see you spend $150 on a pad when you could have a nice start to your new saddle fund.

I feel your pain totally though... my new horse is a high withered TB mare, and I luckily have a dressage saddle that fits her. My search for a jumping saddle hasn't been going so well though :X.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 11:16 PM
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I would suggest trying to find a beat up used saddle maybe at a consignment shop for $150 instead of speeding that on a pad that may or may not work. Craigslistay be a good place to look too.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-15-2010, 12:40 AM
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Is it sitting low because the gullet is too wide, or is it sitting low because of her wither being super high?

If the saddle is too wide, you can get away with using a front riser pad for a while - Which I believe I suggested in a previous thread of yours on this topic.

In that thread you said you were going to buy a Thinline pad and shim it - did you?

If the saddle is already fitting but she just has high withers - There is NOTHING you can do with a pad that won't make it worse, and the only way to stop it hurting is to chuck the saddle out and ride bareback until you get a new one. Why don't you sell your saddle you have now and use that money for a new one?

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-15-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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The saddle gets wider around the withers, I'm not sure why, and it fits perfectly everywhere else... :/
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-15-2010, 02:27 PM
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Skito makes a good correction pad. You can email pictures of your horse and how the saddle sits on him and they can tell you if their pad will work and which shims you would need.
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Padding can help, but if the saddle is way too wide, then there may not be anything you can do. Start working on your bareback riding .
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-15-2010, 03:03 PM
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If I were you, I would sell my current saddle, take the money from that plus $150 and purchase a good fitting used saddle. You might be surprised at how nice of a saddle you could afford.

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