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post #1 of 10 Old 07-06-2010, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle fitting question

My saddle appears to fit my new mare fairly well, she has plenty of clearance, doesn't rock back and forth, and isn't pinching her shoulders. The problem is that the saddle tends to slip to the right or left. Is this a saddle fitting issue? Or is it just because my mare is a 2 x 4 right now? Is there any way to stabilize it? And yes, I have made sure that the girth is tight.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-06-2010, 08:24 PM
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Not sure, but maybe these video's will help you?

http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...lly-fit-58116/

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-07-2010, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some pictures:


I think the billets hang way far back from where the girth should lay.










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post #4 of 10 Old 07-07-2010, 11:09 PM
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The panels don't look flat enough to conform to her back - they are too "round"

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-07-2010, 11:28 PM
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MIEventer~ Great link!
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-07-2010, 11:29 PM
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I am glad you like it!

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I actually like the way the saddle sits on the horse. Looks like nice even distribution. It doesn't look too wide which usually is the cause of side to side movement. Like MIE said, maybe the panels are a little round and contributing to the side to side movement. It can be helped somewhat with a half pad with or without the use of shims. To find out where the uneven contact is, try putting a clean white baby pad under the saddle, leave you horse's back a little dirty, ride in it for 15 minutes or so and then post some pics of the underside of the saddle pad. Ideally it will look like an evenly dirty saddle pad. Dirtier areas indicates more saddle contact and pressure while clean spots show no contact at all. You can use that to see where you need to use padding to help the fit until your horse fills out a little more.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Hey MyBoyPuck - another saddle pad reader! I love it :)

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I love saddle pad reading. It goes with other hobby of deciphering how a horse is being trained by looking at neck muscles. I can spot draw reins from a mile away.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-07-2010, 11:38 PM
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My friend who is a Saddle/Maker fitter for Schleese reads pads, and I love how quickly she can tell you where the issues are - I have another friend who works for County *the one I told you to contact* can do the same thing.

I really want to learn how to decipher!

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