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post #1 of 18 Old 04-26-2013, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle fit troubles...

I'm really having trouble with saddle fit here...as some of you may know, my saddle has been leaving dry spots on my horse's back, and when I'm riding in it and stick my fingers under the front by his withers, it feels very tight. I'm very reluctant to use it anymore. Today, however, my farrier, also a trainer, was here shoeing a horse, and I had him look at my saddle on my horse (unfortunately, I was not there, but my dad was.) He looked at it and stuck his hand under it all around and found nothing wrong with it. He said my horse would not need a larger tree (and I agree) and unless I got something custom made they would all be like this. He said dry spots really aren't a bad thing. I beg to differ. I don't want to ride my horse in this saddle anymore because I think it's probably hurting him. So, now what? Get something new, or believe him? Just seeing it on my horse, I understand how he might think it's okay, but even after my dad told him it was rubbing he said it was fine. Help!
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You need an opinion from a professional, and while your farrier is probably very experienced in his particular field, chances are he doesn't have a background in saddle fitting.
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So I should probably try another saddle, right?
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Yep. If you have any friends that have different brands and widths of saddles, see if you can borrow them just to see what brands and sizes seem to fit best.
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How big are the dry spots and where are they on your horses back? Do you have a photo?

Is it possible that the saddle is being placed too far forward?

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Unfortunately, dry spots aren't a very good indicator of fit. And unless your farrier checked with a rider up he can't be sure - it was just an 'it looks okay' judgement.

The other thing is that you appear to have a felt/foam panel close-contact saddle on a horse with a bit of shape behind the shoulder, and these saddles rarely fit that type of animal well because they don't 'mould' in the same way a flocked panel will.

So I agree with equiniphile.
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So I need to look for a saddle with flocked panels?
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Wool flocked?
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What saddle would you suggest to fit him?

Here's what I have now
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I prefer wool flocking because there is some adjustability, especially as the horse's muscling changes with conditioning. With foam or CAIR flocking, you're stuck with the panels as they are unless you have them reflocked with wool.

Do you have pictures from the side and back of him?
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