Hi everyone, I have a problem. I bought my Crates saddle last year and I really love it. Recently I've noticed that my filly is getting a rub spot on her back. It's not sore by any means because I've checked. I honestly don't think its the saddle. I've been using an older saddle pad that I've cleaned many of times. I'm not sure if its just too short for her and possibly hard. My other saddle pads are extremely long and thick.
She has no withers at this point so it makes keeping the saddle from rolling a royal pain in the butt. The trainer said that the saddle fits her and he thinks the saddle pad is hard and too thick. He said to clean that area and see if it rubs again. He doesn't think I'm riding too far back and have good balance. The saddle is also in the proper position.
So any suggestions on saddle pads? Thin saddle pads? Haha I'm looking for a new saddle pad and am going to stop using the old one for now. Opinions are welcomed. I have some pictures that I took after she was unsaddled but this afternoon I'm going to take more pictures of the fitting. Thank you ahead of time.
This was just a wool blanket that was a little thicker than normal. I didn't use anything under it and rode her for three hours and didn't notice any rubbing.
The older saddle pad.
Where it's rubbing.
An older picture I found after riding with her still saddled.