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        11-04-2010, 12:58 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Haha thanks for the advice. I don't know how knowledgeable the people are at the barn I'm at now because I've only been there two months, so I thought I'd ask my new trainer but not sure. I will definitely post pictures as soon as I can to ask for help from all of you. I will also check out that link and see if they can help. Thanks again and keep an eye out for the pictures!
         
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        11-06-2010, 04:34 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Ok here's the link to some pictures I took. They are all of the saddle on her back with no padding. The fit actually doesn't look as bad as I'd thought in these pictures, but I put another picture of her back after riding so you can see the inconsistent dry spot among the sweatiness. Sorry if the quality of pictures are bad, I had to take them with my phone because I forgot the memory card for my camera =P whoops!

    Currently I use just a thin quilted saddle pad and a gel pad. I'm not sure if the gel pad is doing a lot, and it's about 1/2 inch thick and I think it might lift up the saddle in front and actually might be pinching her a little by the withers, but I haven't seen any that are thinner and still cushion enough.

    Let me know what you think!

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    Pictures by BrindalBelle - Photobucket
         
        11-06-2010, 06:21 PM
      #13
    Trained
    The contact appears to be very consistent and the gullet looks to provide more than adequate spine clearance, but for some reason it's sitting pommel high. Is it in the correct position on the horse's back? If it's not too far forward, than no, it is not a good fit. At least not for the rider. Sit in it like that, and your legs will shoot forward 24/7.
         
        11-07-2010, 08:09 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I have a foam pad that is thicker in the back to bump up the cantle, would it be better if I used that? And do you think a 1/2 inch gel pad like I mentioned would pinch in the front, especially if the back was bumped up?
         
        11-07-2010, 08:18 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Bumping up just the back is likely to result in bridging in the middle. It creates a lot of front to back movement and can do a lot of damage to a horse's back. Are you sure that saddle is sitting in the correct place? If you slide it back an inch, it may fall into better balance.
         
        11-07-2010, 09:22 PM
      #16
    Super Moderator
    From what I can see at first glance it looks like it follows the line of the shoulder really well, but I agree that it is pommel high. I think it is due to the angle of the tree being too narrow at the top. If you use a riser in the rear it will push the saddle down harder on the whithers.
    Is your horse exhibiting any signs of soreness? You might try moving the saddle back a little bit. Hopefully you can look into a new saddle because if my uneducated eye is correct, you cannot change this tree problem by flocking.
         
        11-07-2010, 10:30 PM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    from what I can see at first glance it looks like it follows the line of the shoulder really well, but I agree that it is pommel high. I think it is due to the angle of the tree being too narrow at the top. If you use a riser in the rear it will push the saddle down harder on the whithers.
    Is your horse exhibiting any signs of soreness? You might try moving the saddle back a little bit. Hopefully you can look into a new saddle because if my uneducated eye is correct, you cannot change this tree problem by flocking.
    Ok, I agree about the riser definitely. I looked at it today on her and it did not seem comfortable, so I didn't use it.

    She shows no signs of soreness, but I've only owned her a few months now and I don't want her to start showing soreness anytime soon if I can help it! Haha. I will try sliding it back to see if that helps the pommel-high problem.

    Will the pommel being slightly too high cause her any soreness, or will it only cause my position to suffer? If it won't cause her any major problems, then I won't rush in finding a saddle. I ride a lot as I am on an IHSA team at my university, and then I ride her when I can so I am constantly getting training on my position and if my leg begins to slip I know my coach will call me out on it immediately. So if only my position will suffer, I can handle that for a little while, I just don't want her to be in pain, that's obviously my highest priority.
         

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