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post #11 of 13 Old 11-18-2011, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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I'll try to get better pictures tomorrow. I'll get them without a pad and from all sides. I assumed girthed up?

There's clearance all the way down the middle of the saddle. I actually stick my crop in there while I ride because how else am I gonna carry one? hahaha So I know for sure that there's plenty of clearance in there.
I think in that picture bsms posted, the pad was pulled up (I hate it when the pad is right down on the withers) so it's making her withers look bigger than they are, especially with the way her mane is right there. But we'll see when I take more pictures tomorrow!

I never considered that about the width of the saddle! I'm pretty sure it's as wide as it can go in any case, I mean on the DownUnder website (where I got it from) they just had two options of "medium" and "wide". I am gonna be really sad if this saddle doesn't actually fit her either... Saddles basically hate this poor horse.

Also, I am pretty sure that her shoulder does push the saddle back if it slides too far forward (like it does when we go downhill significantly) at least. I do try to set the saddle on behind her shoulder when I tack her up but her shoulders go really far back and the hills like to scoot her saddle farther and farther over her shoulders. After the hills I usually get off and readjust her saddle to it's proper place though. But if I don't slide it back, the saddle eventually works it's way back to the correct spot...

Hopefully I'm answering all the questions you have satisfactorily... :)

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #12 of 13 Old 11-18-2011, 12:38 AM
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I'd do it first without girthing it on the horse.. place it on her back and check for any pinching or pressure on withers. You'll immediately be able to tell if the saddle fits her right by just how it lays on her back.

But good move on lifting that pad off of her withers.. wither pressure can lead to a lot of problems
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-18-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, hopefully these pictures are satisfactory. I tried to get every possible angle that shows something! haha

Ungirthed up (I just set the saddle on and kinda wiggled it back until it stopped wanting to move):

It seemed fine, pressure under the saddle was even all the way back on both sides when I ran my hand under it...

Front, gullet view:

Right shoulder view:

Level-ness view:

Girthed up:

Right shoulder:

Left shoulder:

Wither clearance:

Down the gullet:


Side: The first shows where her withers are in comparision to the saddle more accurately. The second has more accurate angles though the sun is contrasting off Lacey's coat in such way that it appears like her withers are much lower than they are.

Also, please excuse her extreme obesity. It's a work in progress.

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