Hello! My name is Katie and my horse, Frankie, and I have been having some saddle fitting problems the last year or so.
When I first got her about 4 years ago I had been riding her in a rail western saddle it worked really well and her behavior was fine. She is a mare with a very strong mind and she's always pinning her ears at me when we lope but I never thought much of it and she still does it to this day. Anyway, last spring a friend of mine noticed my saddle was sitting very low on her withers and rubbing the top of her back. The saddle is pretty old so I figured the tree was broken so I threw it on the saddle rack and haven't touched it since. I rode her in my Abetta endurance saddle witch has semi-qh bars. By fall she had white spots behind her withers. I then started hunting for a new saddle. I tried a friends saddle with FQH bars and it seemed to fit on her a whole lot better so I bought a barrel saddle with FQHB's. She seemed happy and so was I, but pretty soon the white hairs came back along with fist size dry spots. I game and also was on a drill team this last spring so I borrowed another friends extra Bob Marshall treeless and that's our ticket. But waiting for one to surface is hard and has been taking months. This coming weekend I have to go to a 4 day clinic that involves a lot of riding and unless I can mooch off one of my other friends and grab a treeless i'm stuck with riding my poor girl in an ill-fitting barrel saddle. I took her out this morning and rode to access how she was acting and she was not very happy. When I got her into a long trot and lope her stride was short and choppy, her head up in the sky (im guessing to get the pressure off her withers a little) , and her ears were just menacingly flat against her head. I feel so bad for her but I'm committed to this clinic and was wondering if any of you had some suggestions to make my saddle fit a little better for the time being. I'm open to anything!!!! Thank you!
Katie and Frankie
I forgot to mention. My English saddle also is giving her dry spots and it fit her great last summer.