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post #1 of 6 Old 10-22-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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shoulder bridge pad

Sam Pants is getting super out of shape. His topline looks worse than ever, and I know with his age and my erratic schedule I really doubt it's going to get built back up. He will show occasional soreness in the hollow right behind his wither. I'm not sure if something is hurting there or if he just doesn't have enough muscle built up to be comfortable when poked. Bodyworker is due out next month. I'm going to keep him in light work over the winter since I don't know how his arthritis will be affected by the cold. I've been wanting to invest in a therapeutic type pad for him, and I found one that may work with his lack of topline/the hollows behind his shoulder. Anyone have experience with these?


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post #2 of 6 Old 10-23-2012, 06:32 AM
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My experience of (English) pads like this is they can work well if
(i) your saddle width is correct to begin with
(ii) the horse is level side to side and
(iii) you don't expect miracles
The fact one shoulder gets sore suggests either horse or saddle are unlevel to begin with (or occasional the rider is). I'd ask the chiro what he or she thinks, and have your saddle checked.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-23-2012, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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It's both shoulders. It will go under my western saddle. I use a Thinline pad under his english one. My western saddle fits well toward the back, but it falls in a bit into the hollows behind his wither. I don't think any change to the saddle or even buying a new one will fix that.
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Sorry - I don't know enough about Western saddle fit to make an educated comment.

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-23-2012, 01:04 PM
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Diamond Wool Pads - Products - Endurance-Round Contoured Relief Pads

This is what I'm getting for my western saddle that I ordered. I haven't found a western saddle yet that stays off her withers so this is what I will do.
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