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    10-20-2012, 11:10 PM
OH! Also, it's only one side. (Right side)

Can it happen on just one side of the saddle? O.o

Sorry for spamming you guys, I just want to get as much information as possible
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    10-20-2012, 11:32 PM
Originally Posted by Lexiie    
Just to add

I can't get something thick. My saddles are not too big. Granted, they don't fit perfectly, but no saddle ever can. Horse's change, just like us
When the saddle fitter came to me recently, he started off by checking the saddle, then suggesting a pad. I looked at him in astonishment and told him that I want a properly fitting saddle, not a compromise with a pad.

He explained that (his words, not mine) a lot of people in North America routinely use pads rather than having regular saddle fits. I told him that I recognise at my horse will change shape as he gets fitter, and I want a properly fitting saddle now, which I will have re-fitted in six months time. I don't think I have ever had more than 6 months between saddle fits - yes, my horses have changed shape with summer fattening and winter hunting season - but I truly believe that the price of a PROPERLY fitted saddle is cheaper than a horse with back problems because of a poorly fitting one.

Putting a gel pad on a horse with a poorly fitting saddle is like wearing thick socks with shoes that don't fit you correctly; the problem won't go away, and it might make it worse.
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    10-20-2012, 11:41 PM
If the channel is too wide it can hurt a very small spot that in which the muscle is just starting to show wear and tear and can eventually go the full length of the saddle. If you can. Give him a few days off and check for any soreness. If he stays sore gore over a week he probably already has a damaged muscle. If the soreness goes away then the problem is just beginning. I do not trust many vets with saddle fitting because they do not do it often enough. Nor their feet. Their feet as far as I am concerned belong to my farrier.
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    10-20-2012, 11:45 PM
She's been resting since Monday. She's been getting surpassed every day at night.
    10-21-2012, 09:32 AM
A sore spot mid back suggests a saddle that's rocking, to me. The fact it's one side more than the other also suggests a saddle leaning to the side - you automatically put more weight through one seatbone to compensate.

I'd really advise having the saddle checked for width and level before spending money on a pad. And while gel pads do spread out the pressure they can also cause problems themselves, particularly in the wither area where most 'shear' pressure occurs.

Best of luck sorting the problem out.

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