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    10-09-2009, 08:40 PM
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Here are more pictures:

I can fit 4 fingers between her withers and the gullet. Hopefully these are the kinda pictures you wanted. =)
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    10-09-2009, 09:54 PM
Wallaby, in the first picture, the cinch ilooks to be too large and the saddle is too far back (by ~2" or so). I can't tell by the second batch but the first looks like that.
    10-09-2009, 10:06 PM
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I'll definitely move it forward a few inches because I've been wondering if it's too far back but I wasn't sure. Thanks for letting me know iridehorses!
The cinch is way too big, I need to find/buy a smaller one (I'm going to make sure there isn't one around the barn before I buy one). The saddle is my trainer's and all her horses are beefy QH or Mustangs, so the saddles are not really set up for little Arabs like Lacey. =P
    10-09-2009, 10:22 PM
That is a Bighorn 15" Saddle with Reg. QH Bars Steels Brand Tree, fit does not look that bad, but pics are a little too close.

Pics are a little close, but I agree slide it forward a little and a new much shorter cinch, maybe also a thicker pad with a felt bottom.

    10-09-2009, 10:55 PM
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Wow SouthernTrails, that is very impressive. O.o
Should I take more pictures from farther away after I scooch it forward or were you able to tell enough from what you can see?

Thank you so much! I'll definitely find a new cinch. =)
    10-11-2009, 03:50 PM
The saddle is very downhill, you definitely need to shim it so it gets off her shoulders. Also, it needs to be moved back, where it is sitting now it's too far forward and will trap her shoulder movement, making her strides short and choppy.
    10-12-2009, 03:47 PM
It looks a little wide. Not terrible....just a bit too wide.
    10-12-2009, 04:23 PM
Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
The saddle is very downhill, you definitely need to shim it so it gets off her shoulders. Also, it needs to be moved back, where it is sitting now it's too far forward and will trap her shoulder movement, making her strides short and choppy.
Downhill? I am guessing the horse has her head down in the first photo.

Shimming is not a good idea for a long term solution.
    10-12-2009, 06:08 PM
Yes, the saddle is sitting downhill on the horse. You can see that from the first rivet, making a line to the concho on back. The line should be flat, not going down like it is.

Shimming is filling in the spots where the horse is lacking muscle and making the saddle level so that the horse can actually use his body. Shimming DOES help. Then, once the horse starts building muscle, you change the shim pattern accordingly. It's difficult to do that, however, unless you have an awesome saddle pad like this:
    10-12-2009, 07:25 PM
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In the first picture in the second set of pictures she is standing on a down hill slope. I realized after I took the picture but I moved her butt to more level ground for the second to last one. And if you look at the second to last picture the conchos are pretty even. Not perfect but not terrible. (and she did have her head down in the first picture)

Spirithorse- What makes you say I should scoot it back?
Two people on this thread told me it was too far back already and I'm inclined to believe SouthernTrails because I'm pretty sure he's a saddle maker or some such thing.
I'm interested to hear your thoughts. =)

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