Saddle panels rubbing hair off!
I got a new saddle back in October and it's the Collegiate Convertible Senior Event saddle. It fit my mare nicely, esp. since it has the gullet system so I got her the gullet that fit her best (Medium Wide).
It was working fine until I started using a half pad (Fleeceworks)...awhile after I started doing that, I noticed that on both sides of her back where the panels sick, the hair has been rubbed really short. It's hardly noticeable but that obviously concerns me.
One of my friends took a look today and we put the saddle on Sandie with no pads to see about the fit. It seems to fit very well, no uneven pressure points and when she sweats in the summer it's evenly with this saddle...it just started the rubbing with the half pad - so I'm going to stop using that for now. But I do like the cushion the half pad provides...my friend suggested getting a riser because the half pad may be lifting up the pommel and causing more pressure on the panels in the back, and a riser would give more cushion under the panels...has anyone else run into this problem? Any other thoughts on what else could be causing it?
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